Travis Plunkett oversees Pew’s family economic security portfolio: projects that apply a rigorous, analytical approach to the study of Americans’ financial wherewithal and the economic challenges they face today. That work includes the safety and transparency of checking accounts and small-dollar loans and the prospects for economic mobility. He also manages Pew’s project on student borrower success, which seeks to promote repayment of student debt among those most at risk of default and delinquency.
Before joining Pew, Plunkett directed federal legislative and regulatory affairs for the Consumer Federation of America, where he was instrumental in the enactment of the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act in 2009 and the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Plunkett was previously the New York state legislative representative for the AARP. He also served in the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command.
Plunkett holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and German from the University of Denver.