Twaun Samuel

Twaun Samuel

Senior Vice President, Moody's

Twaun Samuel is an SVP in Moody’s Government, Public, and Regulatory Affairs where he leads the firm’s engagement and advocacy strategy in the United States, focusing on Congress, the White House, all federal agencies, and third-party organizations that create opportunities for Moody’s to advance the firm’s core public policy objectives. In this capacity, Twaun advises on major federal legislation with sweeping economic or direct business impact and provides holistic strategic advice for Moody’s corporate approach to these topics with a focus on the United States House and Senate.

Twaun brings to Moody’s over a decade of experience working on Capitol Hill at the highest levels of government. Twaun served as Chief of Staff for House Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters where he was her chief policy advisor, liaison with House Democratic Leadership, lead staffer for Rep. Waters’ responsibilities to the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, and conceived a social media branding strategy that grew Rep. Waters Twitter followers to 1 million and endeared her to millennials in the United States and around the world. Prior to serving as chief of staff, Twaun was Rep. Waters lead counsel on the House Financial Services Oversight Subcommittee where he focused on Dodd-Frank implementation, systemic risk and the powers the Act gave U.S. regulators to unwind systemically important financial institutions.

Twaun serves on LGBTQ+ Victory Fund Board and is a founding board member of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus Institute. He also serves on the Board of the Weeksville Heritage Center, a historic site and cultural center in Central Brooklyn that uses education and arts to preserve, document, and inspire engagement with Weeksville – one of the largest free Black communities in pre-Civil War America. Lastly, Twaun is a founding co-chair of Moody’s Black Impact Business Resource Group (BRG).

Twaun graduated with a JD from the University of Mississippi School of Law and has a B.A. in International Studies from the Croft Institute for International Studies at the University of Mississippi where he focused on political and economic transitions in Latin America.