“Can Black and Brown Banks Compete in a Digital Economy?”

June 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, June 15, 2021, Georgetown Law’s Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL) and the Black Economic Alliance will host members of Congress, regulators and other leading voices in the policy, technology and banking communities at a Juneteenth forum on the future of financial inclusion, “Can Black and Brown Banks Compete in a Digital Economy?”


Held in commemoration of Juneteenth, the forum will serve as the first in a series of programs — culminating in Washington DC’s Fintech Week — designed to tackle long-standing obstacles of financial inclusion and access. At the June 15th forum, policy, technology and banking leaders will address challenges faced by Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs). While technology has become an essential tool for both CDFIs and MDIs, they have historically been unable to secure and operate technology tailored to their needs and enabling them to scale and serve their communities fully.

The forum is co-hosted by Georgetown Law’s Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL) and the Black Economic Alliance, and facilitated by knowledge partner The Brookings Institution.


Please click here for the full agenda.

Speakers from across the government, business, nonprofit sectors will include:

  • Manuel Alvarez, Commissioner, California Department of Business Oversight, California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation
  • Aurelio Aleman-Bermudez, Chief Executive Officer, First Bancorp/Puerto Rico
  • Marla Blow, President and Chief Executive Officer, Skoll Foundation
  • Sen. Sherrod Brown, Chairman, Senate Banking Committee
  • Chris Brummer, DC Fintech Week Founder and IIEL Faculty Director, Georgetown Law
  • David Clunie, Executive Director, Black Economic Alliance
  • Michael Hsu, Acting Comptroller of the Currency, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  • Hon. Jelena McWilliams, Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • John W. Rogers, Jr., Chairman, Co-CEO and CIO, Ariel Investments
  • Cecilia Rouse, Chair, Council of Economic Advisors, Executive Office of the President
  • Everett Sands, Chief Executive Officer, Lendistry
  • Robert Smith, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Vista Equity Partners
  • Sen. Mark Warner, Chairman, Senate Intelligence Committee
  • Rep. Maxine Waters, Chairwoman, House Financial Services Committee


Tuesday, June 15, 2021
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT


Please Register Here for the Virtual Juneteenth Forum on the Future of Inclusion.


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