Professor of Public Policy, Pepperdine University

Participation in DITE: Cohort 2 Fellow

Luisa Blanco is a Professor at Pepperdine University School of Public Policy. She is a development economist and currently leads community-based participatory research projects focused on fostering economic inclusion. She leverages digital communications technology and tools to increase access to information and promote behavioral change among minorities to improve their financial wellbeing and health outcomes. She is currently a Research Economist at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a co-director of the Analysis Core for the Resource Center on Minority Aging Research – Center for Health Improvement of Minority Elderly (RCMAR-CHIME) at UCLA. She is also a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank. Blanco was Scientist at UCLA RCMAR-CHIME, a fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Interdisciplinary Research Leadership program, and a visiting scholar of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She was also a senior visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Opportunity and Inclusive Growth Institute. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oklahoma. She completed a Bachelors in Business Administration and an MBA from Midwestern State University.