About Us

Faculty Leads

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Lee Reiners

Executive Director – Global Financial Markets Center, Duke Law
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Ed Balleisen

Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies, Duke University
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Debbie Goldstein

Executive Director – NC Leadership Forum
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Joseph Smith

Former NC Commissioner of Banks

Team Members


Many people have shaped and influenced both the development and the content of this project— the Bass Connections team would like to thank the many people that have had a stake in it from the start.

Special thanks to Sarah Bloom RaskinSara GreeneEmma Rasiel, and Amy Feistel for their consultatory roles.

Many thanks to Will Shaw and Liz Milewicz for extensive support in the process of website creation.

Thanks to Moody’s Analytics and the Mortgage Banker’s Association for providing us with the data necessary for our analyses.