John Berlau is a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute.
Berlau has written about the impact of public policy on entrepreneurship and the investing public for many publications including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Politico, Daily Caller, Washington Examiner, Investor’s Business Daily, National Journal, National Review, American Spectator, and Reason. He has been cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, Bloomberg, andFinancial Times. He is a frequent guest on many radio and television programs including CNBC’s “The Call,” “Power Lunch” and “Closing Bell,” Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” and “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and Fox Business’ “Cavuto” and “Willis Report.”
Berlau has testified on the impact of financial regulation before the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. A recognized expert on the phenomenon of crowdfunding, Berlau has keynoted prominent conferences such as the CFGE Crowdfund Banking and Lending Summit in San Francisco and the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) Summit in Washington, D.C. He is also a contributing editor of CrowdFund Beat, and author of the widely cited paper “Declaration of Crowdfunding Independence: Finance of the People, by the People, and for the People.”
Before joining CEI, Berlau was an award-winning financial and political journalist. He served as Washington correspondent for Investor’s Business Daily and as a staff writer for Insight magazine, published by The Washington Times. In 2002, he received Sandy Hume Memorial Award for Excellence in Political Journalism from Washington’s National Press Club. He was a media fellow at the Hoover Institution in 2003.
He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1994 with degrees in journalism and economics.