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Get to know our team of policy experts, dedicated to expanding economic opportunity through policy action for low- and moderate-income households.

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Federal Policy

Jeremie Greer, Vice President, Policy & Research
e: jgreer@cfed.org
p: 202.207.0125

David Newville, Director of Government Affairs
e: dnewville@cfed.org
p: 202.207.0147

David Newville is Director of Government Affairs at CFED, where he oversees CFED's federal policy and advocacy work.

David was previously a Senior Policy Advisor in the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Consumer Policy. His work focused on emerging payments innovations, consumer financial protection regulations, small-dollar credit products and financial inclusion issues. Prior to that, David was a Policy Manager at the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI), where he focused on financial services policies for underserved consumers in specific areas such as prepaid debit cards, nonbank financial regulation, small-dollar credit and financial access barriers. He also worked on improving savings and financial services policies for low- and moderate-income individuals, in the Asset Building Program at the New America Foundation. Before coming to Washington, DC, David worked on state child care, early childhood education, and health care policy and advocacy issues at Illinois Action for Children. He was also a producer for Chicago Public Radio, where he worked on a variety of news, public affairs, and music productions.

David is a graduate of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and Grinnell College.

Anju Chopra, Senior Policy Manager
e: achopra@cfed.org
p: 202.207.0133

Joanna Ain, Senior Policy Manager
e: jain@cfed.org
p: 202.595.2619

Chad Bolt, Legislative Analyst
e: cbolt@cfed.org
p: 202.207.0151

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Emanuel Nieves, Government Affairs Manager
e: enieves@cfed.org
p: 202.207.0136

Emanuel Nieves is Government Affairs Manager at CFED, where he works to inform and mobilize advocates across the country to push for policy change at the federal level that expands economic opportunity. He also co-leads CFED’s work on predatory lending and coordinates the Assets Building Policy Network. Before joining CFED, he worked at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, where he coordinated LISC’s local office advocacy efforts in Washington, DC, and provided support on an array of housing and community development federal issues.

Emanuel has a bachelor's degree in political science from Stockton University.

State Policy

Solana Rice, Associate Director for State & Local Policy
e: srice@cfed.org
p: 415.495.2388

Solana Rice is the Associate Director for State & Local Policy on CFED's Field Engagement team. In this role, Ms. Rice leads several initiatives to support the state and local policy advocacy efforts of leaders in the Assets & Opportunity Network. This includes leading Family Assets Count, an initiative to use new local asset data to spark new partnerships, media coverage and policy innovation in cities across the country. Additionally, she leads an initiative to build the advocacy and leadership capacity of African-American-led organizations delivering asset-development services. She also contributes to the annual Assets & Opportunity Scorecard.

Prior to CFED, Ms. Rice worked as an Associate Director for PolicyLink, where she lead a team focused on building awareness, encouraging collaboration and providing technical assistance in an effort to address wealth inequality and close the racial wealth gap. Ms. Rice has a passion for expanding economic opportunity for low-income people and people of color through asset building, community development and economic development. Ms. Rice has 15 years of experience in the asset-building field, including publishing research, advising to foundations and providing technical assistance to nonprofit organizations across the country. Ms. Rice holds a Master in City Planning degree from MIT and a Bachelor’s degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis.

Holden Weisman, Policy Manager, State and Local Policy
e: hweisman@cfed.org
p: 202.864.5609

Holden Weisman is a Policy Manager for State and Local Policy at CFED. In this role, Holden leads efforts to research and develop state- and local-level policies in the areas of children’s savings and tax policy, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, tax preparer regulations and the tax preparation process.

Previously, Holden served as the Senior Policy Analyst for the National Community Tax Coalition (NCTC). While at NCTC, he researched and analyzed federal and state policies related to taxes and consumer protections for low- and moderate-income working households. As part of NCTC’s Policy and Advocacy Team, Holden advocated on behalf of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance programs and other initiatives related to the community tax preparation field.

Holden holds a Master of Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kamolika Das, Policy Manager, State and Local Policy
e: kdas@cfed.org
p: 202.372.0081

Kamolika Das is a State & Local Policy Manager at CFED. In this role, Kamolika helps advance policy development, analysis, and advocacy on critical asset building policies across the nation. Prior to joining CFED, Kamolika interned at the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) where she researched the policies that dictate how different states spend federal dollars dedicated to improving outcomes for former foster youth. Before attending graduate school to refocus her career on domestic social policy, she spent several years at a cybersecurity consulting firm researching and analyzing federal cybersecurity policies, regulations, and proposed legislation for government and private sector clients.

Kamolika holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College.

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