Speaking History

Keynote Speaker at Money20/20 2016
Moderator at Money20/20 2016
Moderator at Money20/20 2015

Session Information

Jo Ann Barefoot

CEO Barefoot Innovation Group & Senior Fellow
Harvard University
Speaking History

Keynote Speaker at Money20/20 2016
Moderator at Money20/20 2016
Moderator at Money20/20 2015

Session Information

Jo Ann Barefoot is CEO of Jo Ann Barefoot Group, LLC and is a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Center for Business & Government in the John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she is writing a book on financial innovation and regulation. She also hosts the podcast show Barefoot Innovation.

Jo Ann has worked for over thirty-five years in private and public sector roles focused on consumer financial protection, inclusion, and technology. As Deputy Comptroller of the Currency she established the first federal consumer protection oversight function for national banks. She has served on the staff of the U. S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; was Co-chair of Treliant Risk Advisors; and was Partner and Managing Director at KPMG, leading the firm’s privacy practice and a nationwide consumer finance consulting group.

As a consultant, Jo Ann has advised all of America’s largest financial institutions, many global financial companies, numerous community banks and non-profits, and a range of federal agencies.

Jo Ann has served on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Consumer Advisory Board; on the boards of the Center for Financial Services Innovation and National Foundation for Credit Counseling; and advisory boards of several fintech startups.

Jo Ann speaks annually to thousands of people at finance and technology forums, has authored four books and nearly 200 articles, and is a frequent media source on financial and tech topics. She was the primary author of Common Ground -- Increasing Consumer Benefits and Reducing Costs in Bank Regulation, published by the University of Wisconsin.

Jo Ann received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and pursued graduate studies in economics at the George Washington University. She serves on nonprofit boards addressing financial inclusion, conservation, education, women’s issues and the arts. Her creative writing has won national recognition. She has enjoyed adventures ranging from an arctic search for wolves to fly fishing on four continents.