Celesta Jurkovich headed the Chicago Board of Trade’s Washington office from 1985 to 2001. In that role, she served as the CBOT’s envoy to the House and Senate and as the key liaison with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and other federal regulators.
Jurkovich has been recognized for her expertise on user fees and transaction taxes and for her successful fight to keep the futures industry free of those additional costs. She shepherded the deregulation of the exchanges at the CFTC and cemented the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000. Jurkovich's background in banking and knowledge of the futures industry made her a respected expert on Capitol Hill and in government agencies. She previously had worked for Chicago Mayor Michael Bilandic and CBOT’s now-former CEO Thomas Donovan.