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Tonantzin Carmona

Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

David M. Rubenstein Fellow at the Brookings Institution

Tonantzin Carmona is a David M. Rubenstein fellow at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, focused on racial equity, wealth and inequality, public finance, and civic technology. Previously, she was the chief of policy for the Chicago city clerk and director of the Office of New Americans at the Chicago mayor’s office. There, Carmona led the Chicago Fines, Fees and Access Collaborative, the municipal ID card launch, and creation of immigrant integration policies. Her recent scholarship is on the risks and drawbacks of cryptocurrencies, particularly for Black and Latinx communities seeking to access financial services or build wealth. Cited in Bloomberg Tax, Quartz, and Tech Crunch, among others, Carmona has appeared on NPR Marketplace’s “Make Me Smart” podcast and in Bloomberg and Crain’s Chicago Business. She was Illinois political director for Senator Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 presidential campaign and her deputy press secretary.