Luke Bernstein joined Orrstown Bank as senior vice president/director of Orrstown Financial Advisors and corporate communications officer.
“Luke has a unique background working with large private and governmental organizations, managing complex tasks and broad constituencies,” said Thomas R. Quinn, Jr., president and CEO of Orrstown Financial Services, Inc., the bank’s holding company. “His involvement with our trust and wealth management businesses will support our stated strategic goal of expanding the business line to deliver trust and wealth advisory services throughout the region. In addition, Luke will play a critical role refining our corporate communications strategy and the branding of the bank, Orrstown Financial Advisors, and Wheatland Advisors, Inc.”
“Orrstown is a great institution built upon a strong foundation and is dedicated to strengthening the communities we serve,” Bernstein said. “I have great confidence in the bank and the people here and Tom Quinn specifically. It’s an opportunity to be part of something special.”
Bernstein most recently was with the Pennsylvania Bankers Association as senior vice president external relations since January 2015. He oversaw the trade group’s external services including government relations, communications and grassroots advocacy.
This new position with Orrstown is “a really good summation of what my background was,” Bernstein said. Before joining PBA, Bernstein was deputy chief of staff to Governor Tom Corbett, joining the governor’s team in January 2011. Under Corbett, one of Bernstein’s responsibilities was to liaise with the Department of Revenue. “I got a handle on tax policy, financial policy,” he said. Bernstein also was appointed by President George W. Bush to domestic finance of the U. S. Department of the Treasury where he helped create, draft and develop the National Strategy for Financial Literacy.
Bernstein also has experience in providing strategic communications and policy advice to elected officials and candidates for President of the United States, Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, State Senate and State House. He also was executive director of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania. In 2010, Bernstein was recognized by Politics Magazine as one of the most influential people in Pennsylvania government and politics. Bernstein is a 2001 graduate of Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., where he served as adjunct professor in 2008, team-teaching a course on the presidential election along with Mary Isenhour, who currently is chief of staff to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat.
Orrstown Financial, headquartered in Shippensburg, Pa., has $1.5 billion in assets. Its subsidiaries are Orrstown Bank and Wheatland Advisors, Inc.