2021 Fintech Innovation Challenge Panelist

Jo Ann Barefoot

CEO & Co-Founder, the Alliance for Innovative Regulation

Jo Ann Barefoot is CEO & Co-founder of AIR – the Alliance for Innovative Regulation – and host of the global podcast show Barefoot Innovation. A noted advocate of “regulation innovation,” Jo Ann is Senior Fellow Emerita at the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Business & Government. She has been Deputy Comptroller of the Currency, partner at KPMG, Co-Chair of Treliant Risk Advisors, and staff member at the U.S. Senate Banking Committee. She serves on the board of Oportun; on the fintech advisory committee ofFINRA; on the Milken Institute U.S. FinTech Advisory Committee; and on the California Blockchain Working Group Advisory Board. Jo Ann previously chaired the boards of directors of the Financial Health Network and FinRegLab and served on the CFPB’s Consumer Advisory Board.

She currently serves on the boards of FinRegLab and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. Jo Ann cofounded Hummingbird Regtech and, in 2020, was named to the Fintech All of Fame by CB Insights. Most recently, Jo Ann was recognized in the Forbes 50 over 50 – Investment list and named Finovate Fintech Woman of the Year. AIR was honored inFast Company’s 2021 awards on World-Changing Ideas.