Travis Plunkett oversees Pew’s housing, labor, and education portfolio. Under his leadership, projects apply a rigorous, analytical approach to the study and development of policy recommendations. Plunkett’s work focuses on increasing access to safe, affordable home financing and reducing America’s housing shortage. It also centers on removing barriers to retirement savings in the workplace and promoting successful repayment by student loan borrowers, including veterans, facing financial difficulties.
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 of 2009 and the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Plunkett was previously the New York state legislative representative for 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.