Christine Curella is an entrepreneur, advisor, and advocate for economic democracy. Christine works with policy, labor, and grassroots leaders on inclusive economic development strategies and is building a new venture to organize and leverage the financial power of communities. Formerly, as Senior Policy Advisor to the Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives in New York City, Christine designed and operationalized programs to address the racial wealth gap, including launching worker and community-owned enterprises and inclusive financial technology to address predatory lending and cooperative strategies to increase job quality.
Christine has worked in international financial institutions, federal and local government, and community-based organizations for fifteen years to drive economic development that realizes shared prosperity. Christine led economic inclusion projects at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development and the New York City Economic Development Corporation, coordinated strategic planning for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the Obama Administration, and consulted for the World Bank Inspection Panel. She graduated from Hunter College, City University of New York, where she was awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship. She received her Master’s in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a Fellow of Aspen Institute’s inaugural Job Quality Fellowship.