Roosevelt Institute Announces Two New Members for Board of Directors

March 3, 2017

Wole Coaxum, Jas Johl to Join Board of Leading Progressive Think Tank


NEW YORK, NY – The Roosevelt Institute, a leading progressive think tank established to honor and advance the legacy of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, has appointed two new members to its Board of Directors; Jas Johl, a Senior Business Systems Analyst at University of California, Berkeley and Wole Coaxum, Founder and CEO of Mobility Capital Finance Inc.

In her position at UC Berkeley, Johl works to align the business needs of the university with cutting edge, scalable technologies. She previously served as the Director of Crowdfunding Strategic Initiatives and a Crowdfunding Advisor at UC Berkeley. She was also a fellow at the Columbia University Law School’s Center for Institutional and Social Changes. Johl received her Masters in Science and Social Policy from the University of Oxford and her BA in Political Science and Rhetoric from UC Berkeley. She is also an alumni of the Roosevelt network, having served as Communications Director for the network’s UC Berkeley chapter from 2006-2008.

“I am thrilled to be returning to Roosevelt and to bring the insight I have gained professionally to the table,” Johl said. “The Roosevelt Institute’s work is now more important than ever and I look forward to helping in any way I can to advance this crucial mission.”

In 2015, Coaxum founded Mobility Capital Finance, a start-up that leverages mobile technologies, data analytics and innovational digital strategies to encourage improved financial behaviors in underbanked communities. He previously served as Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase, where he held leadership positions in their Business Banking, Card Services and Treasury & Securities Services divisions. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for Phoenix House New York, a Trustee of Phillips Exeter Academy and on the Board of the Williamstown Theater Festival. Coaxum received his MBA with a concentration in Finance from New York University and a BA in History from Williams College. He also studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Exeter College, Oxford University.

“It is an honor to be joining the Board of an organization I have long respected,” Coaxum said. “The Roosevelt Institute does important work on financial reform and the ways the financial sector impacts the broader economy. I look forward to strengthening that research with the perspective of someone who has worked for decades in the financial industry and is committed to lifting up underserved communities.”

Johl and Coaxum are the latest members to join the Roosevelt Institute’s 27-member board, which includes leading figures from the non-profit sector, academia, public service, organized labor and the media.

About the Roosevelt Institute

Until economic and social rules work for all Americans, they’re not working. Inspired by the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor, the Roosevelt Institute reimagines the rules to create a nation where everyone enjoys a fair share of our collective prosperity. We are a 21st century think tank bringing together multiple generations of thinkers and leaders to help drive key economic and social debates and have local and national impact.

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