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About Us

JFI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit applied research organization founded in 2014 by Bob Jain. Our mission is to address pressing social problems by identifying and implementing high-impact interventions that will translate to real world progress. JFI’s work sits at the intersection of economics, politics, information technology, finance, and culture to bring promising ideas from theory to practice. We are focused on building proofs of concept, pilots, and actionable knowledge.

Board

Bob Jain
Founder, Chairman

Carola Jain
Trustee

Michael Stynes
Trustee and Chief Executive Officer

Strategy and Operations

Maurice Asare
Operations Lead

Alexander Jacobs
Chief Operating Officer

Editorial and Communications

Maya Adereth
Editorial Fellow

Halah Ahmad
VP, PR & Policy Communications

Sanoja Bhaumik
Editorial Associate

Molly Dektar
Director of Editorial and Communications

Jack Gross
Research Writer and Editor

Charles de la Cruz
Editorial Fellow, Public Relations and Communications

Research

Arden Ali
Lead Researcher on Digital Ethics and Governance

Sidhya Balakrishnan
Director of Research

Laura Beamer
Lead Researcher, Higher Education Finance

Marcella Cartledge
Research Associate

Jerome Hodges
Chief Research Officer

Paul Katz
VP of Special Projects

Stephen Nuñez
Lead Researcher on Guaranteed Income

Francis Tseng
Lead Independent Researcher

Research Fellows

Eduard (Eddie) Nilaj
Fellow, Higher Education Finance

Rachel Black
Fellow, Guaranteed Income

Jonathan Calenzani
Fellow

David Gray Grant
Senior Fellow, Digital Ethics & Governance

Johannes Haushofer
Senior Fellow, Guaranteed Income

Lily Hu
Fellow, Digital Ethics & Governance

Maximilian Kasy
Senior Fellow, Guaranteed Income

Greg Keenan
Fellow, Digital Ethics & Governance

Cristian Munoz
Fellow, Higher Education Finance

Nataliya Nedzhvetskaya
External Fellow in Collective Action

Milo Phillips-Brown
Senior Fellow, Digital Ethics & Governance

Madhubala Pothula
Fellow, Guaranteed Income

Sara Restrepo Tamayo
Quantitative Social Science Research Fellow

Melody Rowell
External Fellow, Strict Scrutiny podcast

Nikita Shepard
Fellow, Digital Ethics & Governance

Marshall Steinbaum
Senior Fellow, Higher Education Finance

Affiliate Researchers

Raphael E. Cuomo, PhD
Affiliate Researcher

Daniel Enemark, PhD
Affiliate Researcher

Brendan Florez
Affiliate Researcher

Georgia Kovacs, PhD
Affiliate Researcher

Josh Shapiro, PhD
Affiliate Researcher

Brooke Valle
Affiliate Researcher

Douglas A. Webber, PhD
Affiliate Researcher

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