Public Banking Around the World: Lessons for New York

Public Banking Around the World

As momentum for public banking builds in New York and across the U.S., New Economy Project and The Vance Center for International Justice present an exciting convening on public banks around the world. Speakers will discuss key findings from a new report surveying seven public banks on four continents, and highlight lessons for New York policymakers and activists. Join us to learn how you can take action to create local public banks, as a matter of racial equity and a just recovery.

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Speaker Bios

Mauro Folegotto, Director of Financial Inclusion, Banco Ciudad de Buenos Aires
Mauro Folegotto is Director of Financial Inclusion for Banco Ciudad de Buenos Aires. He holds a Masters in Finance and Economic Development from the University of Glasgow.

Dr. Thomas Marois, Senior Research Fellow, University College London
Dr. Thomas Marois is a Senior Research Fellow of Patient Finance and Public Banking at the University College London Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose and a Reader of Development Studies at SOAS University of London. Thomas is a political economist by training. His work centres on rethinking public banks’ catalytic potential for green and just transformations and for the provisioning of essential public services. His newest single-author book is titled Public Banks: Decarbonisation, Definancialisation, and Democratisation (Cambridge University Press 2021). He recently co-edited the open-access book titled Public Banks and Covid-19: Combatting the Pandemic with Public Finance (2020). Thomas has fostered a global research and advocacy programme on public banks by working collaboratively with academics, policymakers, CSOs/NGOs, and UN organisations. Thomas is a Research Associate at the Municipal Services Project, Canada, and sits on the Advisory Board of the US-based Public Banking Institute. He is of Canadian Métis ancestry.

Melissa Marquez, CEO, Genesee Co-Op Federal Credit Union
Melissa Marquez is the Chief Executive Officer of Genesee Co-op Federal Credit Union in Rochester, NY, a community development credit union & CDFI with $21 million in assets and 4000 members. She has been the CEO for 16 years. She is also the Board Treasurer of OWN Rochester, working on worker coop development and a board member of City Roots Community Land Trust. Melissa has an MS in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University and a BS in Political Science from Santa Clara University. Melissa has served on the Board of Directors of the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions (now known as Inclusiv), the Institute for Community Economics and Abundance Cooperative Market.

Soledad Ovando, Assistant Manager of Public Affairs, Banco Estado, Chile
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(list in formation)

East New York CLT
Long Island Ethical Humanist Society
New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG)
NYS Community Equity Agenda
Office of NYS Senator James Sanders, Jr.
Public Bank NYC
The Music Coop

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