Michael CrittendenManaging Director
An expert on the nexus of financial markets, public policy and politics, Michael offers strategic counsel to clients on communications, crafting effective narratives to engage the media, and executing strategic campaigns to mitigate risk.
Award-winning journalist with 15 years experience covering major global events
Nationally honored for coverage of the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath
Extensive experience focusing on Congress, the Federal Reserve, the Executive Branch and national political campaigns
Deep experience with the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law, oversight of financial institutions, and multilateral international organizationsRead Full Bio
Michael Crittenden is a Managing Director in Mercury’s Washington, D.C. office, where he offers strategic counsel to clients on communications, crafting effective narratives that engage the media around the globe, and executing strategic plans to mitigate risk.
For nearly 15 years, Crittenden served as an award-winning writer and journalist whose coverage focused on the intersection of international financial markets, public policy, and the legislative and executive branches. Prior to joining Mercury, Michael spent more than seven years at the Wall Street Journal, where he served as a correspondent covering the U.S. Congress, global financial markets, international economics, and banking and financial services. He cultivated extensive relationships throughout the U.S. government, Congress and numerous federal agencies while covering the Federal Reserve, U.S. Treasury Department, writing of the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law, and U.S. foreign policy.
Michael’s rich experience allows him to advise clients on connecting with top-tier media, the political landscape, writing and public engagement, and the execution of high-level strategic communications plans. Prior to the Wall Street Journal, Michael covered banking and financial services issues on Capitol Hill in Washington for Congressional Quarterly. He also covered the banking, energy and insurance sectors for SNL Financial in Charlottesville, Va.
A native of Lewiston, Maine, Michael graduated from Washington & Lee University in 2001 with degrees in both journalism and political science. He lives in Washington D.C.