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.
Ankit Panda is an international affairs expert and senior editor at The Diplomat, an online Asian Affairs magazine.
He writes daily on politics, security, economics, and culture in the Asia-Pacific region, and hosts a podcast on Asian geopolitics. He is also a columnist on Asian security affairs for the South China Morning Post. He is often quoted in the media on matters ranging from North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear program to Chinese foreign policy.
Senior Editor at The Diplomat
Areas of Expertise: Politics, Security, Economics, Asia-Pacific Region, Asian Geopolitics
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.
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
Areas of expertise: financial planning, economic development, macroeconomics
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.
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
Tony Villamil is founder and principal of the Washington Economics Group (WEG), a Florida-based economic consulting practice. His areas of expertise include the economy of Florida, U.S. economic policy and Latin American and Caribbean economies.
Villamil is on the Board of Directors of the Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS), Mercantil Commercebank, NA, and Pan-American Life Insurance Group (PALIG). He was most recently appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce to serve in the Florida District Export Council. Villamil was U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs under President George H. W. Bush.
Villamil served as the founding Dean of the School of Business of St. Thomas University until 2013. He is currently Chairman of the Economic Roundtable of the Beacon Council-Miami-Dade County’s official economic development organization. He is also Senior Fellow and a member of the Research Advisory Council of the James Madison Institute (JMI).
Founder and Principal of the Washington Economics Group (WEG)
Areas of Expertise: Economy of Florida, Latin American and Caribbean Economies, U.S. Economic Policy
Sung Won Sohn teaches economics and directs the Institute of Global Economic Research (IGER) at California State University Channel Islands. His research includes the international economy, especially Pacific-Rim countries. He is also an expert on China’s economy impact and its impact on the global economy.
Before joining the faculty and California State University Channel Islands, Sohn was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hanmi Financial Corporation, a commercial bank in Los Angeles. He has also been an Executive Vice President and Chief Economic Officer of Wells Fargo Banks. Sohn was a senior economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors in The White House. He was responsible for economic and legislative matters pertaining to The Federal Reserve and financial markets.
Sohn has gained a reputation for being one of the most accurate economists in the United States. The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and Blue Chip publications have all ranked him on their lists of accurate economists in the past.
He currently serves on the boards of Forever 21, Western Alliance Bancorporation and Claremont Graduate University.
Smith Professor of Economics at California State University Channel Islands
Areas of Expertise: International Economics (Especially the Pacific-Rim Countries), China’s Impact on the Global Economy
Margaret Simms is an Institute fellow in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute, where she directs the Low-Income Working Families project. A nationally recognized expert on the economic well-being of African Americans, her current work focuses on low-income families, with an emphasis on employment and asset building.
Before joining Urban in 2007, Simms was vice president for governance and economic analysis at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. In 2005, Simms was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; in 2008, she received the Samuel Z. Westerfield Award from the National Economic Association. She was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Carleton College, Minnesota, in 2010.
Simms holds a BA in economics from Carleton College and a PhD in economics from Stanford University. Director of the Low-Income Working Families Institute, The Urban Institute
Areas of Expertise: Low-Income Families (With An Emphasis On Employment And Asset Building), Poverty, Income And Wealth Disparities
Caroline Hoxby teaches Economics at Stanford University. She is also the director of the Economics of Education Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Trained as a public finance and labor economist, Hoxby is one of the world’s leading scholars in the Economics of Education. Her work often draws upon models of investment, incentives, market design, finance, optimal pricing, social insurance, and behavioral economics.
Hoxby is a Principal Investigator of the Expanding College Opportunities project, a randomized controlled trial that had dramatic effects on low-income, high achievers’ college-going. Her work on elementary and secondary education also includes numerous studies of the effects of school choice and competition on student achievement, rewards for teaching, and the productivity of schools. Her ongoing research includes studies of Teach for America and how education affects economic growth.
Hoxby has been a presidential appointee to the National Board of Education Sciences and serves on advisory committees for the government, The Brookings Institution, and organizations with an interest in education policy.
Scott and Donya Bommer Professor of Economics at Stanford University
Areas of Expertise: Economics of Education, Higher Education, Financial Aid, College Choice, Low-Income and/or Disadvantaged Students, School Choice, Online/Virtual Education, Teachers (effects, pay, unionization, tenure, etc.), Effects of Education on Economic Growth, International Comparisons of Education (especially higher education), School Finance (K-12), Tax Reform, Behavioral Public Finance
Adriana Kugler is a Colombian/American economist and Professor and Vice-Provost for Faculty at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy. Her research interests include labor markets and policy evaluation in developed and developing countries. Her current research explores the impact of extensions of unemployment insurance on quality of jobs and match-quality of jobs, and long-term effects of training programs for disadvantaged youth on participants and external impacts on other family members.
Professor Kugler served as Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Labor under the Obama Administration. Her research and policy work have been covered in The Economist magazine, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Univision, NPR and in the Joint Economic Committee of Congress. She is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research, Institute for the Study of Labor, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration and the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University. She is also Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.
Vice-Provost for Faculty and Professor, Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy
Areas of expertise: Job Creation, Labor Market Policies, Unemployment, Unemployment Insurance Programs, Workforce Investment, Training Programs, Inequality, Poverty, Minorities