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Guest Speaker Biographies - Ray Boshara

Last Updated: February 21, 2008

Ray Boshara is Vice President for Domestic Policy Programs, Director of the Next Social Contract Initiative, and Director of the Asset Building Program at the New America Foundation, a post-partisan think tank based in Washington, D.C.  

Boshara is an expert on savings and asset ownership strategies for low-income persons, and in that capacity he has testified before Congress, published widely, and advised leading policymakers around the world. Before joining New America, he worked for CFED, the U.S. Congress, the United Nations in Rome, and Ernst & Young. He has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, and the Brookings Institution, and has appeared on CNBC, C-SPAN and radio programs across the nation. His book, The Next Progressive Era, co-authored with New America Schwartz Senior Fellow Phillip Longman, will be published in late 2008.

Boshara is a graduate of Ohio State University, Yale Divinity School, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He was named a PaceSetter at Ohio State, a Littauer Fellow at Harvard, and selected by Esquire magazine as one of America's Best and Brightest.