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

Melissa L. Bradley

Melissa Bradley is a nonresident senior fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institute, and the founder and managing director of New Capitalist, an organization that leverages “human, financial and social capital to create economically profitable and sustainable individuals, businesses and communities.”

Before starting New Capitalist, Bradley served as the CEO of the investment consulting organization the Tides Foundation, bringing together partners and donors. Her expertise in socially responsible investing comes from years of consulting organizations such as the Center for American Progress, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on Family Economic Security and Civic Engagement and Green for All.

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institute

Areas of Expertise: Investment, Wealth Disparities, Micro-enterprise, Workforce Development, Economic and Environmental Sustainability

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email: melissabradley@mac.com
Phone: (917) 549-6092
Twitter: @bradleyml

Bradley speaks at Tides Momentum: “Building Wealth for All”

Amir Sufi

Amir Sufi is a professor of finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He won the Brattle Prize for Distinguished Paper from the Journal of Finance and the inaugural Young Researcher Prize from the Review of Financial Studies, and was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship for economics in 2011.

Sufi’s research has been cited in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Economist, and he has been a frequent guest on Planet Money. In 2014 he launched the blog House of Debt with fellow economist Atif Mian.

Sufi has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Areas of Expertise: Finance, Macroeconomics, Corporate Finance, Investments,  Household Finance, Subprime Mortgages, Syndicated Loans, Corporate Liquidity and Investment

Location: Chicago, IL

Contact Info:

Phone: (773) 702-6148

Email: amir.sufi@chicagobooth.edu

Twitter: @profsufi

Sufi discusses the U.S. economy for Chicago Booth’s Capital Ideas series:


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

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Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki is the “chief [technology] evangelist” of Canva, an online graphics-design tool. He’s also an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. In his past, Kawaski has served as adviser at Ustream, Inc. and StumbleUpon. Along with all of this, he founded Alltop.com, an “online magazine rack of popular topics on the web,” and Garage Technology Ventures, a venture capital firm.

Kawasaki is a noted speaker as well as the author of over ten books, including APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur—How to Publish a Book and Enchantment; The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions.

Chief Technology Evangelist of Canva

Areas of Expertise: Technology, Apple, Inc., Business, Investing, Entrepreneurship, Product Design, Social Media, Marketing

Location: San Francisco, CA

Contact Info:

Email (preferred): guy@alltop.com
Phone: (650) 387-9271
Twitter: @guykawasaki

Heard on NPR: For a complete list, click here.

Wait Wait…: Tech Guru Guy Kawasaki Plays It’s Not My Job

Kawasaki gives a lecture at University of California, Berkeley:

Added January 2013