Director, Consumer Finance
Expertise: Poverty, consumer finance, wealth, income inequality
Joe Valenti is the Director of Consumer Finance at American Progress. His work focuses on improving the ability of low- and moderate-income consumers to participate in the financial sector and to make the most of their resources.
Prior to joining American Progress, he was a Hamilton Fellow at the U.S. Treasury Department, serving as a research analyst working with the Community Development Financial Institutions and New Markets Tax Credit programs. He previously served as a senior analyst at the New York City Office of Financial Empowerment, the first local government initiative geared toward educating, empowering, and protecting low-income consumers, and as an associate at the Aspen Institute’s Initiative on Financial Security. He also interned for the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs under Chairman Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT).
Joe holds a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University, where he was a John Jay Scholar. He also attended the Institute of Political Studies, Paris.