Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, September 15, 2017

Alumnus seeks to empower financially vulnerable populations

Alumnus seeks to empower financially vulnerable populations

As incubator director of the Filene Research Institute, Adam Lee (MPA ’08) is organizing a free community event in Madison featuring author Lisa Servon. Lee joined Filene in May 2016 and leads the Reaching Minority Households project.

In this role, he works with nearly 40 credit unions across the country to identify, test, and replicate programs that empower vulnerable people to achieve their financial goals. Servon will discuss her book, The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives, as part of Filene’s financial justice efforts. The Monday, October 2 event will be held at the Goodman Community Center from 6 to 8 p.m.

Servon conducts research in the areas of urban poverty, community development, economic development, and issues of gender and race. She is a professor of city and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania and former dean at The New School.

Lee began his career as a senior consultant with Deloitte and then Baker Tilly. He also worked at CUNA Mutual Group and QBE North American before joining Filene in 2016. In addition to his MPA, Lee received his bachelor’s degree in communication arts from UW–Madison with a business certificate.