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Ray Boshara is senior adviser and director of the Center for Household Financial Stability at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The center conducts research on family balance sheets, and how they matter for strengthening families and the economy. Before joining the Fed in 2011, Boshara was vice president of New America, a think tank in Washington, D.C., where he started and directed domestic and international policy programs. He has also worked at CFED, the United Nations in Rome, the U.S. Congress and Ernst & Young. Over the past 25 years, he has advised presidential candidates as well as the George W. Bush, Clinton and Obama administrations. He has testified before the U.S. Congress several times. Boshara has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Democracy, among other publications, and his media appearances include National Public Radio, CNBC, C-SPAN and Bloomberg News. His book, The Next Progressive Era, co-authored with Phillip Longman, was published in 2009. Boshara is a graduate of The Ohio State University, Yale Divinity School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.