About

Travis Plunkett

Travis Plunkett

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

Profile

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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  • 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

  • Overdraft Frequency and Payday Borrowing

    This brief analyzes Pew survey data from 2013 to compare the experiences and characteristics of “high-frequency” and “low-frequency” overdrafters, as well as the relationship of overdraft to use of payday loans. Read More

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