Project 21 member John Burnett is an expert in financial services issues who has worked for Citi, McGraw-Hill Financial, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley in the specializations of risk management, compliance and operational performance.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from New York University and a Masters of Business Administration from Cornell University.

A resident of Harlem, he is active in his own community and elsewhere in the alumni association of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He is also on the New York University Alumni Board. He is a trustee of the Urban Resource Institute and a founder of the Summit Academy Charter School in Red Hook, New York.

Burnett is a former candidate for comptroller for New York City. The New York Post, Roll Call, U.S. News and World Report and Salon previously published his writings.

The National Center for Public Policy Research, founded in 1982, is a non-partisan, free-market, independent conservative think-tank. Ninety-four percent of its support comes from individuals, less than four percent from foundations and less than two percent from corporations. It receives over 350,000 individual contributions a year from over 60,000 active recent contributors.