César A. Hidalgo leads the Collective Learning group at The MIT Media Lab and is an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT. He is an expert on data visualization, physics, and economics. Hidalgo’s work focuses on understanding how teams, organizations, cities, and nations learn. At the Collective Learning group, Hidalgo studies collective learning and develops software tools to facilitate learning in organizations.
Tracey Ross is the Associate Director of the All-In Cities Initiative at PolicyLink, an initiative that helps cities across the country adopt policies and practices to promote equitable growth. She also serves as a delegate to the U.S.-Japan Leadership program, which fosters connections between leaders in both countries. Ross began her career as a Senate staffer, and has also been a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for American Progress, where she focused on urban poverty and environmental justice. She has written for the New York Times and the Washington Post, and been featured on MSNBC and Al Jazeera English.
Gita Gopinath is a Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University, and has been named one of the top 25 economists under 45 by the International Monetary Fund. Her expertise is in International Finance and Macroeconomics. Gopinath is co-director of the International Finance and Macroeconomics program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve bank of Boston, member of the economic advisory panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Economic Adviser to the Chief Minister of Kerala state (India), a co-editor at the American Economic Review, co-editor of the current Handbook of International Economics and was managing editor of the Review of Economic Studies.
Janelle Jones is an Economic Analyst at the Economic Policy Institute. Her research focuses on labor market topics around race, ethnicity, and the economy. She was previously a research associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, where she worked on unemployment, job quality, the economics of racial inequality, and unions. Her research has been cited in the New Yorker, The Economist, The Washington Post, and Harper’s.
Raj Date was the first Deputy Director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where he helped guide the bureau’s early strategic, operational, and policy initiatives. Prior to being appointed Deputy Director, he acted as the Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury.
Date began his career in banking, and was a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank Securities before founding a nonprofit think tank to research the regulation of financial firms.
Suyapa Portillo Villeda is an assistant professor in Chicana/o Latina/o Transnational Studies at Pitzer College. Her work broadly focuses on social movements in Central America with a focus on Honduras. In particular, Portillo’s research centers on the intersections between labor, gender, and race in workers’ lives in the history of the banana export economy in Honduras and Central America.
Since the coup d’état in Honduras in 2009, Portillo has served as region expert in the media to attest to conditions in Honduras and the rest of Central America. Her expertise has been cited by CNN, NPR’s Take Two, and The Huffington Post.
Chetty’s current research combines empirical evidence and theory, and focuses on equality of opportunity and how to give children from disadvantaged backgrounds better chances of succeeding later in life. He has been named one of the top economists in the world by The New York Times and The Economist. He is the editor of the Journal of Public Economics and has appeared on WBUR’s On Point, NPR’s All Things Considered and Planet Money.