VP of Strategy at Fundera.com, Former Senior Economic Policy Advisor in the Obama White House and Small Business Administration
Brayden McCarthy is VP of Strategy at Fundera, an online marketplace that educates small businesses about their financing options and then connects them with the financing options that best fit their needs. Fundera's mission is to make small business lending more transparent and accountable to small business owners, and Fundera's efforts are chronicled in its Timeline to Transparency in Small Business Lending.
Brayden has been a vocal advocate for fairness in online lending, including through op-eds in American Banker, Forbes, Inc, The Hill, The Advocate, as well as The Huffington Post. He helped lead the creation of a Responsible Business Lending Coalition, which announced a Small Business Borrowers' Bill of Rights in August 2015, a topic that Brayden had first written about in an op-ed in Forbes entitled, "We Need a Small Business Borrowers' Bill of Rights" in February 2015.
Previously, Brayden was Senior Policy Advisor in the West Wing Office of the White House National Economic Council, where he helped coordinate policy development and worked across the White House to support and implement President Obama’s economic policy priorities. Brayden also served as lead policy advisor to Karen Mills, Administrator of the Small Business Administration, and co-authored with former Administrator Mills a Harvard Business School report on the state of small business lending.
Brayden began his career working in the investment banking divisions of Lehman Brothers and Barclays in New York, London and Dubai. He earned masters and bachelors degrees from the London School of Economics, and is currently completing his final year in the MBA program at Harvard Business School while working at Fundera.