José A. Quiñonez

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José A. Quiñonez

Founder and CEO, Mission Asset Fund; 2013 Leadership Awards Recipient

José A. Quiñonezis the CEO of Mission Asset Fund (MAF), a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization. Under his leadership, MAF has become an award-winning organization offering dynamic models for bringing communities across the nation out of the financial shadows and into the financial mainstream. In 2016, José received a MacArthur “Genius” award for his vision and creativity as a financial services innovator. He received a James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award in 2013.

MAF’s pioneering Lending Circles program has provided more than 11,000zero-interest loans totaling over $10 million to date, allowing thousands of individuals and families to build their credit, start businesses, and apply for citizenship. In 2014, José advocated for legislation that made California the first state to regulate and recognize nonprofit lenders for providing zero-interest credit-building loans to under-resourced communities.

José serves on a number of Consumer Advisory Councils, including Capital One, Experian, and U.S. Bank. From 2012 to 2014, he was the inaugural chair of the Consumer Advisory Board of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). José received a bachelor’s degree in Chicano Studies from the University of California, Davis and a Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University.