Jordana Barton

Senior Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Jordana supports the Federal Reserve System’s economic growth objectives by promoting community and economic development. Her focus areas include the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), digital inclusion and the digital economy, workforce development, financial education, affordable housing, small business development, and community development finance. Jordana is lead author of “Las Colonias in the 21st Century: Progress Along the Texas-Mexico Border” (2015), and author of “Closing the Digital Divide: A Framework for Meeting CRA Obligations” (2016). 2018 publications include Preparing Workers for the Expanding Digital Economy, Telehealth Along the Texas-Mexico Border, and Telehealth Initiatives Highlight the Need to Close the Digital Divide. 2020 publications include Connecting Communities During COVID-19: A Quick Guide to Broadband Solutions, the forthcoming, “Broadband is Essential Infrastructure: A Practical Guide for Local Governments,” and “Closing the Homework Gap Permanently with a Private Wireless Solution.” Jordana serves on the Steering Committee for the Digital Inclusion Alliance San Antonio and the collective impact project, Digital Opportunity for the Rio Grande Valley. She is on the Board of Directors of SA2020 and on the Advisory Board of the Texas Health Improvement Network of the University of Texas System. In 2018 she received the “Federal Policy Champion Award” from the Coalition for Local Internet Choice and the “Community Broadband Hero Award” from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors. In 2020, she was named, “Salud Hero” (health hero) by Salud America, a program of UT Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and was inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame. Jordana grew up in the rural South Texas border community of Benavides. She holds an MPA from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.