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Fenaba R. Addo

Fenaba R. Addo
Associate Professor, Public Policy, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC)
Addo, who’s also associate professor, Sociology (adjunct), at UNC’s Carolina Population Center, examines debt and wealth inequality with a focus on family and relationships, higher education, union formation, and economic strain. In addition, she examines how racial disparities in student debt, older Black women and wealth, and the Millennial racial wealth gap stem from historical legacies of racial exclusion and discrimination and are reproduced over time. Addo previously was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar, and the Lorna Jorgensen Wendt Associate Professor of Money, Relationships, and Equality (MORE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

FOCUS: Economics
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Mehrsa Baradaran

Mehrsa Baradaran
Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law (UCI Law)
Baradaran has expertise in banking law, financial inclusion, inequality, and the racial wealth gap. She’s the author of How the Other Half Banks, which looks at the U.S.’s two-tier banking system and predatory fringe lenders, and The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap. She’s also managing director, UCI Policy Lab: AI observatory for Access to Credit, and a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. Prior to UCI Law, Baradaran was, among other things, a policy advisor on Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign, and a member of the Biden-Harris transition team (for the Treasury and Federal Reserve).

FOCUS: Economics
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: University of California, Irvine School of Law, UCI Law

Monica Garcia-Perez

Monica Garcia-Perez
Professor, Department of Economics, School of Public Affairs, St. Cloud State University
García-Pérez, whose research concentrates on labor economics, immigration, and health economics, is also on the SCSTU Faculty Research Group on Immigrant Workers in Minnesota, which looks at immigrant workers’ experiences in Minnesota’s labor markets and their attempts to achieve full citizenship. She’s also a research fellow, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, and, in 2020, served as president, American Society of Hispanic Economists.

FOCUS: Economics
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: St. Cloud University School of Public Affairs

Amanda Janoo

Amanda Janoo
Economics and Policy Lead, Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll)
Janoo has over a decade of experience working with governments and international development institutions. At WEAll, a collaboration of organizations and individuals working to transform economic systems, she works on policies oriented towards transforming economic systems to deliver social and ecological well-being. Prior to joining WEAll, Janoo worked for the United Nations and the African Development Bank.

FOCUS: Economics, Labor
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: Wellbeing Economy Alliance

Rakeen Mabud

Rakeen Mabud
Chief Economist and Managing Director, Policy and Research, Groundwork Collaborative
Mabud has expertise in economic inequality and the 21st-century workplace, and is a leading voice on inflation and issues of corporate power in the economy vis a vis prices. At The Groundwork Collaborative, which works with economic policy experts, progressive movement leaders, and activists to develop and advance a progressive economic worldview, she focuses on how structural factors such as racism and sexism perpetuate inequities. Mabud previously spearheaded the Time’s Up Foundation’s Time’s Up, Measure Up initiative, and served in the Obama administration in the Office of Economic Policy at the U.S. Dept. of the Treasury.

FOCUS: Economics
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: Groundwork Collaborative

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