Tracey Ross

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.

Tracey Ross

Areas of Expertise: Public policy involving growth, economic progress,  racial economic inclusion, U.S.-Japanese relations

Location: Oakland, CA

Contact Info:

Contact Info:

Email: tracey@policylink.org

Phone: 510-703-1866

 

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David C. Kang

David C. Kang is a professor of International Relations and Business at the University of Southern California. He is also the director of both the USC Korean Studies Institute and the USC Center for International Studies. Kang is broadly interested in the international relations of Asia, with his research exploring questions of economic development, security relations in the region, and the historical basis of contemporary relations. His latest book is American Grand Strategy and East Asian Security in the 21st Century (Cambridge, 2017).

Kang is a regular consultant for U.S. government agencies and the military for his regional expertise. He has also written opinion pieces in several publications, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, and he has appeared regularly in media such as CNN, WNYC, and NPR.

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Professor of International Relations and Business, University of Southern California 

Areas of Expertise: International Relations of Asia, Economic Development, Security Relations of Asia, North Korea

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information:
Email: kangdc@usc.edu

You can also contact Kang’s assistant, Sarah Shear.
Phone: (213) 740-4059

As Heard On PBS News Hour: “Will South Korea’s new president change course with North Korea, U.S.?”

Kenneth Fernandez

Kenneth Fernandez is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Policy Studies at Elon University. He is an expert in fields of survey methods, education, crime, immigration, and local economic development policy. Fernandez is the director of the Elon University Poll– a survey research center in North Carolina. His research has been published in several academic journals such as Survey Practice, Journal of American Planning Association and Columbia Human Rights Law Review. Fernandez has weighed in on political stories on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

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JULY 24, 2012 – Ken Fernandez (left), director of the Elon Poll, and Jason Husser, assistant director. Both are political science professors. (photo by Kim Walker)

Assistant Professor of Political Science & Policy Studies at Elon University 

Areas of expertise: Survey Methods, Crime, Education, Immigration and Local Economic Development Policy

Location: Elon, North Carolina

Contact Information :

Email: kfernandez@elon.edu

Phone: 336-278-6438 (Office)

702-218-7958  (Cell)

Twitter: @ElonFernandez 

Heard on NPR’s All Things Considered : Dems Capitalize On Advantage With Hispanic Voters 

Luisa Blanco

Luisa Blanco, Ph.D. is an associate professor at Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy where she teaches the core course on macroeconomic policy. Her research in Latin America concentrates on economic development and international policy-making. In the United States, Blanco studies household finance and financial planning, with a focus on minorities. She works in Malibu, California.

Her work has been funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute on Aging (NIA), USAID, Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, Pepperdine Office of the Provost, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and CAF Research Program on Citizen Security

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Areas of expertise: financial planning, economic development, macroeconomics

Location: Malibu, California

Contact Information:

Email: lblanco@pepperdine.edu

Phone: (310) 506-7466

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Amy Liu

Amy Liu serves as vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. She is a national expert on cities and metropolitan areas adept at translating research and insights into action on the ground.

As senior fellow and co-director of the Metro Program, which Liu co-founded in 1996, she pioneered the program’s signature approach to policy and practice, which uses rigorous research to inform strategies for economic growth and opportunity. Liu has worked directly on such strategies with scores of public and private sector leaders in regions around the country, including Chicago, Kansas City, and Phoenix.

Liu also has extensive experience working with states and the federal government to develop policies and strategies to support cities and metropolitan areas. She co-authored “Delivering the Next Economy: The States Step Up,” outlining a model for states to support bottom-up regional innovation and put this into practice when she worked with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and other state leaders to develop the New York Regional Economic Development Councils process, a pioneering model for regionalizing state economic development and incentivizing bottom-up innovation.

At the federal level, in 2013 Liu served as a special advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, guiding policy priorities related to trade, innovation, and data.

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Amy Liu, co-founder of of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 in Washington. (Sharon Farmer/sfphotoworks)

Vice President and Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings Institution

Areas of Expertise: Economic Development, Exports and Trade, State and Metropolitan Policies, Social Equity, Post-Disaster Recovery

Contact Information:

Email: aliu@brookings.edu
Twitter: @amy_liuw
Media contact: Allison Courtin, acourtin@brookings.edu, 202.238.3556

Location: Washington, DC

Heard on the Brookings Cafeteria Podcast: Amy Liu Discusses New Orleans’ Resilience 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina

Manley Begay

Navajo Nation citizen Manley Begay is an expert in tribal economic development and indigenous governance. He is the faculty chair of the Native Nations Institute at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and Senior Lecturer in the American Indian Studies Program at the University of Arizona.

He serves as co-director of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, as well as on a number of national boards focusing on Native American development and wellness.

Begay’s research focuses on Native American education, tribal governance and law. His work has appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Manley Begay

Senior Lecturer of American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona

Areas of Expertise: Tribal Economic Development, Educational Leadership, Indigenous Governance, Native American Issues

Location: Tucson, AZ

Contact Information:

Email: mbegay@email.arizona.edu
Phone: (520) 626-8629

Heard at the Native Nations Institute: Rebuilding Native Nations: “The Importance of Cultural Match”

Added February 2015

Lisa Cook

Lisa D. Cook is an associate professor in the Department of Economics and in International Relations at Michigan State University. She was the first Marshall Scholar from Spelman College and received a second B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University.  She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Prior to this appointment and while on faculty at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, she was also Deputy Director for Africa Research and Programs at the Center for International Development at Harvard University, was Managing Editor of the Harvard University-World Economic Forum Africa Competitiveness Report, and contributed to the Making Markets Work program at Harvard Business School.

Among her current research interests are economic growth and development, economic history, innovation, and financial institutions and markets. Cook is the author of a number of published articles, book chapters, and working papers. With former colleague and co-author Jeffrey Sachs, she advised the governments of Nigeria and Rwanda, and, as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, she was Senior Adviser on Finance and Development at the Treasury Department from 2000 to 2001.

From November 2008 to January 2009, Dr. Cook was on the Obama Presidential Transition Team and led the review of the World Bank and International Affairs division of the Treasury Department.  During the 2011-2012 academic year, she was on leave at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and worked on the euro zone, financial instruments, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

Associate Professor of Economics and International Relations at Michigan State University

Areas of Expertise: Economic Growth and Development, Innovation, Economics, Microeconomics, Deficit, International Markets, Finance, Property Rights, Financial Institutions and Crises

Location: East Lansing, MI

Contact Info:

Email: cooklisad@gmail.com

Twitter: @drlisadcook


Cook speaks to MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry: 


Hyepin Im

In an interview with CA Forward Thinkers, Hyepin Im (HAY-pihn ihm) says, “From the beginning, we knew that it made sense to work with churches, because 75% of the Korean community here is connected to their church.  At KCCD, we work through churches to provide access to services for newly arrived and not-so-newly arrived immigrants. Immigrants often see their church as a haven that supports them in so many ways.”

Im is the founder, president and CEO of Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD), a nonprofit that works nationally to connect local Korean and Asian-American immigrant community with the private and public institutions that affect their lives politically and economically. KCCD’s programs and services include homeownership and foreclosure prevention counseling and small business development training. A new chapter will be opening in DC in the upcoming future.

The Center for Community Economic Development reports that Im partnered with the FDIC and Freddie Mac to develop a Korean curriculum in financial literacy and homeownership, and she implemented a $5 million U.S. Department of Labor workforce development program.

Hyepin Im

President and CEO of Korean Churches for Community Development (www.kccd.org)

Areas of Expertise: Homeownership, Affordable Housing, Foreclosure, Financial Education, Savings & Investment, Workforce, Economic Development, Economics, Asian Americans, Immigration, Mental Health, Marriage Education, Domestic Violence, Digital Literacy

Location: Los Angeles, CA

 

Contact Info:

Phone: (213) 216-3676
Email: hyepin@gmail.com
Im speaks on California Forward Thinkers: California’s Everyday Leaders

Added January 2013
Last Verified September 2015