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
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.
Areas of Expertise: Credit Reporting, Credit Cards, Medical Debt
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.
Managing Partner, Fenway Summer LLC
Areas of Expertise: U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Financial Consumer Protection, Financial Regulation, FDIC
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.
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
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
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
Norma P. Garcia is a Senior Attorney and Director of the Financial Services Program for Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports magazine. In 2000, Norma was a National Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist by the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice for her contribution to the public interest while serving as co-counsel on the litigation team which successfully defended Consumers Union in a multi-million dollar lawsuit brought by Isuzu Motors Ltd.
Since joining Consumers Union’s staff in 1992, Garcia has become a recognized national and international expert in mortgage lending, credit, finance and insurance regulatory law and policy. Her expertise has been cited in national and local media, appearing on ABC’s WZZM13, St. Louis Post Dispatch and the Washington Post.
Previously, Garcia served as expert advisor and witness on technical matters for legislators and legislative staff and has negotiated and successfully lobbied for the passage of significant consumer protection legislation. She also served as co-counsel on the Consumers Union litigation team which in 2007 successfully defended landmark anti-discrimination insurance regulations which will save California consumers billions in automobile insurance premiums.
Senior Attorney and Director of the Financial Services Program for Consumers Union
Areas of Expertise: Mortgage Lending, Credit, Finance and Insurance, Regulatory Law and Policy