Tony Fratto, Founder and Partner of Hamilton Place Strategies will provide framework for the second discussion on the topic of pursuit of Happiness, and introduce discussant Sonal Shah, Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown Unversity, as she examines the question: Is capitalism producing the impact outcomes needed in the 21st century, and is it a solution for, or cause of, the rising wealth gap in this country?
Through his work at Hamilton Place Strategies, U.S. Treasury Department, and White House, Tony Fratto has accumulated decades of experience in domestic and international economic policy.
Tony founded Hamilton Place Strategies in 2009. The communications consulting firm brings an analytical approach to solving complex public policy issues. At HPS, Tony directs the firm’s business strategy and leads client teams in highly-regulated sectors, especially in finance and international economic policy.
Before founding HPS, Tony worked at the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Press Secretary. He worked directly with the President and the Administration’s senior economic policy, national security, and legal teams, communicating on international and domestic policy issues to national and foreign media.
Prior to his time at the White House, Tony served at the U.S. Treasury Department, including as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury. In this capacity, he led the Administration’s communications strategy for addressing major economic policy issues, including financial crises, tax policy, and international development programs.
Tony served in senior roles with three U.S. Treasury secretaries, leading on activities including G7 and G20 finance ministers meetings, IMF and World Bank meetings, preparation for congressional testimony, media interviews, and speeches.
Combining his work at the Treasury and the White House, Tony directed and participated in communications efforts in more than 60 countries around the world. Tony is especially proud of his work to advance major international initiatives, including multiple trade agreements, creation of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, debt cancellation for highly-indebted poor countries, and global health initiatives to fight HIV/AIDS and malaria.
In addition to his role with Hamilton Place Strategies, Tony is an on-air contributor with CNBC Business News. He serves on the boards of World Food Program USA, the Center for Global Development, and Care Action. He serves on the Board of Visitors of the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and the International Advisory Board of Fundação Dom Cabral, the premier business school in Brazil. He is also a member of the Bretton Woods Committee and The Economic Club of Washington, D.C.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Tony received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh and attended the university’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Judy, and their children, Antonio and Juliette.