Travis Plunkett

Travis Plunkett

  • Senior Director
  • Family Economic Stability,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


Travis Plunkett is senior director of Pew’s family economic security portfolio, a series of projects that apply a rigorous, analytical approach to the study of Americans’ financial wherewithal and the economic challenges they face today, including the safety and transparency of checking accounts and small-dollar loans and the prospects for economic mobility.

As the head of this portfolio, Plunkett leads a staff of experts that conducts policy-relevant research on ways to stabilize and strengthen families’ finances in a constrained fiscal climate. He guides the direction of Pew’s work to better understand how families can buffer themselves against financial shocks and increase their economic security. 

Prior to joining Pew, Plunkett directed federal legislative and regulatory affairs for the Consumer Federation of America. In that role, he was instrumental in the enactment of the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act in 2009 and the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2010. Plunkett previously served as 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 of Arts degree from the University of Denver.

Recent Work

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  • Financial Security and Mobility Events

    Pew’s financial security and mobility project hosts events to keep the media, policymakers, and practitioners up to date on the latest research and data related to family finances. See below for information and resources on upcoming and past events. Read More

  • Auto Title Loans

    This report incorporates results from the first nationally representative telephone survey of this market, a series of focus groups with borrowers, and an examination of regulatory data and company filings to illuminate lender practices, borrower experiences, and common problems in the auto title loan market. Read More

  • Americans' Financial Security

    This issue brief seeks to understand Americans’ attitudes about their financial security. It examines the top-level findings from a nationally representative Pew-commissioned survey of more than 7,000 households and from focus groups convened in three major cities. Read More

Media Contact

Tom Lalley

Manager, Communications