Jayce Farmer

Dr. Jayce Farmer is an assistant professor in the School of Public Policy and Leadership at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He’s an expert in public finance and state and local government administration and can provide insight on how the coronavirus has devastated state and local government budgets.

Farmer has more than a decade of experience in public fiscal administration — before joining UNLV, he worked as a policy and budget analyst for local governments in Florida. There, he coordinated and managed the capital budget process for municipalities and oversaw the implementation of several large municipal government funds.

He has also advised appointed and elected local officials and, in 2016, conducted several citizen satisfaction surveys for municipalities in Central Texas.

Farmer’s research into local government policy and fiscal issues has been published in The American Review of Public Administration, Public Budgeting and Finance, Urban Affairs Review, Public Performance & Management Review, and Publius: The Journal of Federalism.

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Expertise Field: Public finance, state and local governance, public policy, urban affairs

Contact information:

Email: Jayce.Farmer@unlv.edu 

Phone: 702-972-5878

Twitter: @JayceFarmer

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Chi Chi Wu

Chi Chi Wu is a staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center, a nonprofit focusing on marketplace justice for low-income consumers.  Wu focuses on credit reporting, credit cards, and medical debt.

She frequently serves as a resource for policymakers and the media on consumer credit issues.  Before joining NCLC, Wu worked in the Consumer Protection Division at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office and the Asian Outreach Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services.

She is co-author of the legal manuals Fair Credit Reporting Act and Collection Actions, and a contributing author to Consumer Credit Regulation and Truth in Lending.

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Areas of Expertise: Credit Reporting, Credit Cards, Medical Debt

Location: Boston, MA

Contact Info:

     Email: cwu@nclc.org

     Phone: (617) 542-8010

     Twitter: @ChiChiWu8

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Gita Gopinath

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.

Gita Gopinath

Professor, Economics and International Finance

Areas of Expertise: Economics, Economic Policy, International Finance, Pricing and Inflation, Currency Exchange

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Contact Info

Email: gopinath@harvard.edu and copy her assistant cgomez@fas.harvard.edu

Phone: (781) 325-2025


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Raj Date

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.

He also served on the senior staff committee of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, and as a statutory deputy to the FDIC Board. Currently, Date is the Managing Partner of Fenway Summer LLC, a venture capital firm with a focus in financial services. He is an expert in financial consumer protection and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s inner workings and policies.

Raj DateManaging Partner, Fenway Summer LLC

Areas of Expertise: U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Financial Consumer Protection, Financial Regulation, FDIC

Location: Washington, D.C.

Contact information:

Email: raj.date@fenwaysummer.com

Phone: (202) 285-2240

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José A. Quiñonez

José A. Quiñonez is an expert in Finance. He is the founding CEO of Mission Asset Fund (MAF), a nonprofit with a nationwide model for incorporating low-income and financially excluded communities into the financial midst. He has recently been named one of the 2016 MacArthur fellows for “providing low-income and minority families with the means to secure safe credit, participate more fully in the American economy, and obtain financial security.” He works in San Francisco, CA.

His research has been funded by Ford Foundation, Levi Strauss Foundation, Citi Foundation, and Russell Sage Foundation.

Founding CEO of Mission Asset Fund (MAF) 

Location: San Francisco, CA

Contact Information:

Email: marketing@missionassetfund.org

Phone: (415) 315-9869

Twitter: @JQ_MAF



Mehrsa Baradaran

Mehrsa Baradaran is a law professor at UC Irvine School of Law. She is the author of The Color of Money: Black Banks and The Racial Wealth Gap and How the Other Half Banks: Exclusion, Exploitation and the Threat to Democracy. Her research focuses on race, inequality and financial institutions.

Her research has been funded by New York University School of Law and Brigham Young University. She has testified before Congress, advised U.S. Senators and Congressmen on policy, and spoken at forums like the U.S. Treasury and World Bank.


Expertise: Banking law, contracts, property, housing, inequality

Location: Athens, Georgia

Contact Information: 

Email: mehrsa@gmail.com

Phone: 646-382-2632

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Ramona Ortega

Ramona Ortega is an expert in Finance. She is the founder and CEO of My Money My Future, a mission-driven financial tech company that empowers young women and people of color to manage their money with confidence. My Money My Future takes a unique approach to financial management by navigating through the culturally different set of values and beliefs regarding money management. Ramona Ortega is also a member of the Experts of Color Network for the Closing the Racial Wealth Gap initiative, Lesbians Who Tech, and the Latino Startup Alliance. She works in New York, New York.

My Money My Future is funded by private equity investments.


Founder and CEO of My Money My Future

Location: New York, New York

Contact Information: 

Email: rortega@midineromifuturo.com

Phone: (917) 294-6087

Twitter: @ramona_ortega

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Sudeep Reddy

Sudeep Reddy is an economics editor in The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Bureau, where he directs coverage of U.S. and international economics and economic policy. He joined the Journal as a reporter in 2007, writing extensively about the global financial crisis, the U.S. recession and their aftermath. He has covered economic policy across the White House, Treasury Department, Federal Reserve, International Monetary Fund and World Bank, along with the international gatherings of the G-7, G-8 and G-20 members.

Reddy received an award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers for coverage of the economy and Federal Reserve on WSJ.com’s Real Time Economics blog, and was the recipient of the national print media award from the National Association of Consumer Advocates for stories about credit scoring.

He is a regular guest on radio and television programs to discuss economic news. He has appeared on APM’s Marketplace, PBS NewsHour and on NPR’s Tell Me More.

Economics Editor at The Wall Street Journal

Areas of Expertise: U.S. and International Economics, Economic Policy, Business & Politics, Energy Industry, Global Finance

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email: sudeep.reddy@wsj.com

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Michelle Singletary

Michelle Singletary is The Washington Post’s resident personal finance expert, dishing out her own brand of financial advice in her widely syndicated column, “The Color of Money.”

Singletary’s financial expertise has been featured on NBC’s The Today Show, ABC’s The View, PBS’ The Tavis Smiley Show, and WAMU’s The Diane Rehm Show. She is a frequent guest on NPR and was for several years a regular personal finance contributor for the “Day to Day” program.

She has written for O Magazine and is the author of three books, most recently “The Power to Prosper: 21 Days to Financial Freedom.”

“The Color of Money” columnist, The Washington Post

Areas of Expertise: Personal Finance, Business

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email (preferred): michelle.singletary@washpost.com
Mobile: (240) 731-5825
Home Office: (301) 805-8215
Twitter: @SingletaryM

Or via her assistant Tia Lewis:
Email: tia.lewis@washpost.com
Phone: (202) 334-5504

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William Michael Cunningham

Investment adviser William Michael Cunningham describes himself as an “unusually creative economist”: He founded one of the first investing websites in 1995 and has been guiding clients to make smart, socially responsible investments for over 20 years.

Cunningham is an expert economist and investment analyst and a strong advocate for crowdfunding. He is the author of the entrepreneurial advice book “The JOBS Act: Crowdfunding for Small Businesses and Startups” and founder of MinorityFinance.com, CreativeInvest.com, and BlackCrowdFunding.net.

His expertise of public and private financial sectors has been featured in the Washington Post and on NPR. He frequently speaks about the importance of investing in minority and underserved communities.
Social Investing Adviser and Economist

Areas of Expertise: Economics, Investments, Financial Analysis, Crowdfunding, Investing in Underserved Communities

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email: williamcunningham840@gmail.com
(509) 294-2610 (c) | (202) 455-0430 (o)

Heard on NPR’s Tell Me More: End of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Will Affect Minorities