Meet Our 2023 Keynote Speakers!
Dr. Preston D. Cherry
MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond and Princeton sociologist was launched onto the national stage as an expert on contemporary American poverty with the publication of his Pulitzer Prize winning bestseller Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Combining years of embedded fieldwork with painstakingly gathered data, Evicted transformed our understanding of inequity and economic exploitation in America.
Desmond’s latest book, the instant #1 New York Times bestseller Poverty, by America investigates why the United States, the richest country on earth, has more poverty than any other advanced democracy. Why does this land of plenty allow one in every eight of its children to go without basic necessities, permit scores of its citizens to live and die on the streets, and authorize its corporations to pay poverty wages?
“Tens of millions of Americans do not end up poor by a mistake of history or personal conduct. Poverty persists because some wish and will it to.”
Stick around after the Friday Closing Keynote to meet Dr. Desmond and get your copy of his book(s) signed!
Preorder by November 1st to have it available at the New Orleans Marriott after the keynote!
Please order directly through the links below:
Poverty, by America by Matthew Desmond: https://bluecypressbooks.indielite.org/book/9780593239919
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in an American City by Matthew Desmond: https://bluecypressbooks.indielite.org/book/9780553447453
*Please select “Store Pick up” and enter “AFCPE – 12/1” in the notes of the order.
A limited number of copies will be available onsite for purchase.
John McNamara is the Principal Assistant Director of Markets and the Assistant Director for Consumer Credit, Payments, and Deposits Markets in the Research, Markets and Regulations division of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He leads a team of subject matter experts and analysts covering the credit card, payments, deposits, student, auto, small-dollar, marketplace, and installment lending markets, as well as credit reporting, debt collection, debt relief, fintech and the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in consumer financial services. He also manages budgeting, staffing, and administration of the Bureau’s Markets Office.
John is a frequent speaker/panelist/consultant and author, addressing key issues and trends in the financial services industry. In 2012, John chaired both the National Collections and Credit Risk conference and the Financial Services Collections and Credit Risk symposium. In 2011 John was named an ACA International Scholar and Fellow. He also is the 2009 winner of the ACA Kurt Swersky award for leadership. In 2007, John was appointed Vice President and Board Member of the Georgia Collectors Association. John was named to Collection Advisor magazine’s list of the Top 50 Most Influential Collection Professionals for 2006 and 2019.