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Jose Plehn-Dujowich Biography

Jose is the CEO, Chief Data Officer, and Founder of BrightQuery (“BQ”) and BQ AI. Jose has over ten years of academic experience working with U.S. statistical agencies, including the IRS, Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Small Business Administration (SBA). Prior to focusing on entrepreneurship, Jose was Faculty & Executive Director of the Fink Center at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, Adjunct Accounting Professor at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, and Executive Director of the Center for Financial Reporting & Management at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. While at UC Berkeley, Jose founded the Berkeley Charter of Professional Accountancy (BCPA), which has become a leading accounting program. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, Jose was Assistant Professor of Accounting at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and Assistant Professor of Economics at SUNY Buffalo. While at SUNY Buffalo, Jose helped found the Journal of Human Capital published by the University of Chicago Press. In 2011, Jose contributed IP to co-found Powerlytics, which provides aggregated anonymized IRS tax returns on all U.S. companies and households.

While at UC Berkeley, Jose received the 2015 Notable Contribution to the Accounting Literature Award, which is granted annually by the American Accounting Association (AAA) and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). Jose has published widely in leading academic journals, including The Accounting Review, Small Business Economics, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Review of Economic Dynamics, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, and Economics Letters, as well as research reports on behalf of the SBA. Jose’s academic research focuses on understanding the financial and economic characteristics of U.S. businesses and industries by leveraging regulatory filings and mathematically modeling the state of the economy.

Jose earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago and B.S. degrees in Economics, Mathematics, and Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Jose is of Mexican origin, having spent his early childhood in Mexico City, and then growing up in Geneva, Switzerland, where his parents worked for the United Nations. Jose’s father was a senior diplomat with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) helping poorer, exporting countries negotiate with richer countries; and from his father, Jose developed his appreciation to help the world economy, reduce inequality, and protect the environment.


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