John Selmon Blakley Sr. (MI 1976) is the Founding President of the United States Senate Youth Alumni Association. He received his B.B.A. in Financial Services from Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan; a J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law; and a William Edwards Deming Scholar Honors M.B.A. from the Fordham University Gabelli Graduate School of Business Administration.
John’s interest in business administration started in his hometown during his early childhood as a paperboy for The Flint Journal newspaper while living on Buick Street in Flint, Michigan. Coincidentally, he then landed summer employment with GM’s Buick Motor Division while a student at University of Michigan.
After college, John began a global financial services and tax career in New York City. He first audited brokers and dealers in securities and commodity futures for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
In 1990, he joined The MTA/Long Island Rail Road Company’s Finance Division, serving over time as Special Assistant to the Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Deputy Controller, and Director of Regulatory Financial Internal Control. In 1996, he joined Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC’s in-house legal and compliance division as their Antitrust Regulatory Compliance Officer. He also addressed compliance with regulations of the New York Stock Exchange, Securities & Exchange Commission, Federal Reserve Board, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, National Futures Association, and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
After surviving the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack while working at Morgan Stanley’s Two World Trade Center location, John joined the U.S. Department of the Treasury as a tax law specialist with focus on tax-exempt securities. Among other roles, he has served as the Treasury’s Liaison Officer to the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, which coordinates special audit review assessments for Field Operations examiners.
In April 2020, John became a Supervisory Team Manager in Treasury’s Large Business and International Division in the Northeastern Compliance Practice Area, which focuses on tax compliance by major domestic U.S. businesses, as well as individuals and businesses engaged with international interests.
John is married to his lovely wife, Dr. Gale Blakley. They have two wonderful sons: John Jr., a Chemical Engineering graduate from Howard University; and Samuel, a sophomore Business Administration major in Accounting and Finance at Xavier University of Louisiana. The family resides in Scarsdale, NY.