Jo Ann Barefoot
CEO, Barefoot Innovation Group, LLC
Jo Ann is CEO of Barefoot Innovation Group, LLC and a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government in the John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she is writing a book on financial technology innovation and regulation.
Widely known for her advocacy of “regulation innovation,” Jo Ann has over thirty-five years of experience in consumer financial regulatory issues and fintech. The first woman Deputy Comptroller of the Currency, she established the original consumer protection regulatory unit for U.S. national banks, and previously served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee and as a Partner and Managing Director at KPMG in addition to founding and building several consulting companies. Her clients have included many of the world’s largest financial institutions as well as community banks, non-profits, and government agencies.
Jo Ann was a member of the original Consumer Advisory Board of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She now serves on the board of Oportun, a financial technology company providing affordable loans to underserved communities. She is vice-chair of the board of the Center for Responsible Innovation and a board member at the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.
In 2016 Jo Ann co-founded Hummingbird Fintech, a reg-tech startup bringing new generation technology to anti-money laundering compliance. She is an angel investor and advises a range of fintech startups.
Jo Ann hosts the acclaimed podcast series Barefoot Innovation. A frequent media source, she speaks annually to thousands of people throughout the world and has published nearly 200 articles.