13th annual Municipal Finance Conference


13th annual Municipal Finance Conference
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Camille Busette

Interim Vice President and Director – Governance Studies, Director – Race, Prosperity, and Inclusion Initiative

Camille M. Busette is the interim vice president and director of Governance Studies. She has served as senior fellow in Governance Studies with affiliated appointments in Economic Studies and Metropolitan Policy. She is also director of the Race, Prosperity, and Inclusion Initiative, Brookings’s cross-program initiative focused on issues of equity, racial justice and economic mobility for low-income communities and communities of color. At Brookings, her work has focused on systemic racism, the economic advancement of Black and Native American boys, the importance of social relationships to economic mobility, and equity in healthcare and in local and state government policy priorities and builds on her work for low-income populations at EARN (now SaverLife) and the Center for American Progress.

Prior to joining Brookings, Busette was an executive at the World Bank where she led the World Bank’s financial inclusion innovation arm, working globally with technology and financial service executives and with central bank governors on product, regulatory, data and cybersecurity issues. Before joining the World Bank, Busette was the inaugural CEO of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office of Financial Education, where she initiated research on financial well-being, and was a member of the Policy and Executive Management teams there. Busette has held executive positions at PayPal, Intuit, and NextCard and is a Public Governor of FINRA, the self-regulatory agency for the broker-dealer industry.

Busette earned a doctoral degree and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Financial inclusion
    • Community development
  • Past Positions

    • Head, Policy Team and Chief Innovation Officer, CGAP
    • Assistant Director (CEO), Office of Financial Education, United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
    • Sr. Fellow, Economic Policy, Center for American Progress (CAP)
    • Vice President, EARN
    • Deputy Director, Government Relations, and Head, Policy Council, PayPal, Inc.
  • Education

    • Ph.D. University of Chicago, Political Science
    • M.A. University of Chicago, Political Science
    • B.A. University of California, Berkeley, Political Science
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