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Jessica Milano

Jessica Milano is Vice President and Director of ESG Research for Calvert Research and Management, an investment management firm based in Washington, DC that invests across global capital markets. She is responsible for overseeing the firmís environmental, social and governance (ESG) research on global securities, which focuses on identifying issuers that create value for long-term investors in a positive manner that is sustainable to our environment and inclusive of all people and communities. From 2012 to 2017, Jessica served in the Obama Administration, first at the Small Business Administration and then at the U.S. Treasury Department where she oversaw policy initiatives to connect more families, small businesses, and communities to safe and affordable credit.

As Deputy Assistant Secretary for Small Business, Community Development, and Housing Policy she managed three Treasury programs focused on access to capital; the Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF), the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI), and the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund. Collectively, the SBLF and SSBCI provided $5.5 billion in capital to support nearly $30 billion in small business lending or investment nationally during her tenure. Jessica also facilitated the historic award of $7 billion in New Markets Tax Credits by the CDFI Fund and signed on behalf of the Secretary more than $1.1 billion in bond guarantees under the newly created CDFI Bond Guarantee program, which provides long-term credit at below-market interest rates to economically underserved communities. She also directed Treasuryís research on how advances in financial technology and the availability of data are changing the way consumers and small businesses access credit.

Jessica has extensive economic consulting and financial services experience. She previously held positions as Director of Research at Compass Lexecon, an economic consulting firm, and with Promontory Interfinancial Network, a financial services firm with a network of over 3,000 financial institutions. She also was a policy consultant at Civic Enterprises where she ran projects for a wide variety of clients including AARP, the Gates Foundation, OpportunityNation, and the White House Council for Community Solutions.

Jessica is the author of several policy reports for the Progressive Policy Institute on topics including economic opportunity, job creation, and investment and innovation and a member of the Board of Directors of Small Business Majority, a national small business advocacy organization. She holds a MA in Applied Economics from The Johns Hopkins University and received her BSc in Government from the London School of Economics.








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