Jordana Barton serves on the advisory board of the Texas Health Improvement Network of the University of Texas System. She is senior advisor in community development at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, San Antonio Branch, supporting the Federal Reserve System’s economic growth objectives by promoting community economic development and fair and impartial access to credit. Her focus areas include the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), community development finance, digital inclusion, financial education, affordable housing, workforce development, and small business development. Barton is lead author of “Las Colonias in the 21st Century: Progress Along the Texas-Mexico Border” (2015), author of “Closing the Digital Divide: A Framework for Meeting CRA Obligations” (2016), and the book chapter, “Preparing Workers for the Expanding Internet Economy” in the Federal Reserve System publication, Investing in America’s Workforce (2018). Barton serves on the Steering Committee for San Antonio’s Digital Inclusion Alliance and the Digital Opportunity for the Rio Grande Valley (DO4RGV). She is also on the Board of Directors of SA2020. In 2018 she received the “Federal Policy Champion Award” from the Coalition for Local Internet Choice, and the “Community Broadband Hero of the Year Award” from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors.
Prior to joining the Federal Reserve, Barton served as vice president for community development banking at Capital One Bank. In this role, she built community partnerships and managed investments to promote economic revitalization and access to financial services in low- and moderate-income communities. In 2012, she was awarded the FDIC’s Pioneer Award in Community Development, and Capital One was awarded Corporate Philanthropist of the Year in San Antonio by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Barton also served as vice president for development and communications for the microenterprise/small-business organization Accion Texas (now LiftFund). She was a member of the leadership team when the organization won the NEXT Award for Opportunity Finance from the MacArthur Foundation, Wells Fargo and the Opportunity Finance Network in 2007.
Barton grew up in Benavides, a rural community near the Texas-Mexico border. She holds an MPA from Harvard University’s, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
The views expressed in this publication are those of the author and should not be attributed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas or the Federal Reserve System.