Denise Hearn

Denise Hearn is a senior fellow at the American Economic Liberties Project.


Denise Hearn is a senior fellow at the American Economic Liberties Project and co-lead of the Access to Markets initiative. She works across diverse fields including youth mentorship and education, social impact bonds and impact investing, macroeconomic research, and federal antitrust and competition policy, among others. Her current work takes three main forms: advising, writing and catalyzing projects.

She is board chair of The Predistribution Initiative, which aims to improve investment structures and practices to address systemic risks such as inequality and climate change.

Denise co-authored The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition, named one of the Financial Times’s “Books of the Year 2018.” Her writing has been featured in publications such as the Financial Times, Quartz, The Globe and Mail and The Washington Post. She has presented to audiences around the world on competition policy, macroeconomics and new economic thinking at venues including the Oxford Union, the International Women’s Forum and the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club. 

She helped launch the First Principles Forum, which supports technology company founders and early employees in their thinking about philanthropy and impact investing, now housed at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. 

Denise has an MBA from the Oxford Saïd Business School and a BA in international studies from Baylor University.

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