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Shafika Deria is the Senior Associate for Business Growth and Entrepreneurship at the JPMorgan Chase PolicyCenter where she also contributes to the Financial Health portfolio. She leverages cross-firm resources to develop and advance policy proposals that eliminate barriers to inclusive economic growth. Shafika joined the PolicyCenter in January 2020 after serving as an aide to Senator Charles E. Schumer for 5 years, during his time on the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee and as Senate Democratic Leader. In the Senate, Shafika advised the Senator on a wide array of economic policies and led work on the Senator’s housing priorities. A native of Buffalo, NY, Shafika is a graduate of Cornell University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics and minors in Biology and Business.