Speakers

We are excited to welcome the dynamic speakers and experts listed below to EconCon Presents. We invite you to review the information below to get to know a little more about our speakers. Be sure to check back regularly for future speaker confirmations.

Mehrsa Baradaran

Mehrsa Baradaran

she/her/hers

Professor of Law

Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, University of California, Irvine School of Law

Panelist

Mehrsa Baradaran is a law professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. Mehrsa writes about banking law, financial inclusion, inequality, and the racial wealth gap. Her latest book is The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap.

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Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie

he/him/his

Columnist, New York Times

Political Analyst, CBS News

Moderator

Jamelle Bouie is a New York Times columnist and political analyst for CBS News. Jamelle uses his unique perspective to take audiences to the front lines of the nation’s most significant news events, from civil unrest to political partisanship.

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Maurice BP-Weeks

Maurice BP-Weeks

he/him/his

Co-Executive Director

Action Center on Race & the Economy (ACRE)

Speaker

Maurice BP-Weeks is the Co-Executive Director of (ACRE). Maurice works with community organizations and labor unions to create equitable communities by dismantling systems of wealth extraction that target Black and Brown communities. Maurice has years of community organizing experience on housing, revenue and budgets, policing and incarceration, corporate accountability, and education justice.

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Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom

Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom

she/her/hers

Author, Sociologist, Professor

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom is an award-winning Associate Professor of Sociology at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a faculty affiliate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society whose work has been recognized nationally and internationally for the urgency and depth of her incisive critical analysis of technology, higher education, class, race, and gender.

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Dr. Abdul El-Sayed

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed

he/him/his

Former Detroit Public Health Commissioner

Author, "Healing Politics"

Panelist

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed made history when he became the youngest public health official in a major American city. Dr. El-Sayed hosts the podcast America Dissected, is a leading epidemiologist, and an author. A CNN contributor and advocate for infusing public health and education with social justice, he reminds audiences what matters in a nation facing the coronavirus.

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Ioana Marinescu

Ioana Marinescu

she/her/hers

Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research

Panelist

Dr. Ioana Marinescu is an economist and assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice. Dr. Marinescu studies the labor market to craft policies that can enhance wages, productivity, and economic security, and her research expertise includes antitrust policy and the labor market, universal basic income, unemployment insurance, and the minimum wage.

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Heather McGhee

Heather McGhee

she/her/hers

Author

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

Panelist

Heather McGhee designs and promotes solutions to inequality in America. In the coming year, she will release a book and launch two original podcasts on the economy and on how to create cross-racial solidarity in challenging times. As an NBC News Political Analyst, McGhee regularly elevates the concerns of working families and worked to improve the lives of millions.

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Jess Morales Rocketto

Jess Morales Rocketto

she/her/hers

Executive Director, Care in Action

Civic Engagement Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance

Panelist

Jess Morales Rocketto is the Executive Director of Care in Action and the Civic Engagement Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, where she spearheads political advocacy campaigns for the 2.5 million domestic workers in this country. Morales Rocketto works on many campaigns to end family separation and detention. In 2019, Jess was honored in the first TIME 100 Next.

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