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Jeff Korzenik

Jeff Korzenik

Chief Economist
Fifth Third Commercial Bank

Jeff provides research and analysis that impacts Fifth Third’s key markets, providing insight to business leaders and policymakers throughout the country.

He is an award-winning author whose writings have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Newsweek and many other national and regional publications, and Jeff­ has appeared regularly on CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business News. Policymakers have sought his expertise on a variety of topics, leading to his testifying before state legislatures and on Capitol Hill.

His groundbreaking book, “Untapped Talent: How Second Chance Hiring Works for Your Business and the Community” (HarperCollins Leadership, April 2021), shares the business case and best practices of hiring people with criminal records. He was elected to membership in the Council on Criminal Justice in recognition of his work on the intersection of the justice system and the labor market.

Jeff­ is a graduate of Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and a certificate of proficiency in Near Eastern Studies.


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