About

Anthony W. Orlando is an Assistant Lecturer in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California, where he is completing his PhD in Public Policy and Management. He is an op-ed columnist for the Huffington Post. He serves as the Managing Partner of the Orlando Investment Group.

His latest book, Letter to the One Percent, is exactly what it sounds like: a letter to the richest one percent of American households. It is a call to action, a plea for compassion, and a manifesto for the future. It tells the story of their extraordinary success — and how the other 99 percent of Americans missed out. Kirkus Reviews hails it as a “powerful, compact primer on American economics.” Reese Schonfeld, the founding President and CEO of CNN, says it “should be read by every one of us.”

Orlando received his bachelor’s degree in economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a master’s in economic history from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His expertise includes real estate, financial and urban economics, American politics, economic and political history, health law and policy, and the history and operation of the movie and television industries.

His latest publication, “Employers and Health Insurance Under the Affordable Care Act,” appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of the Annals of Health Law. Also recently, his article “Saving Capitalism from a Painful Demise” appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of the Wharton Magazine. He has co-authored articles on real estate history and the recent housing bubble in the Wharton Real Estate Review and the World Financial Review. He also serves as a financial consultant and researcher for various institutions, where his work ranges from advising government officials to high-profile lawsuits stemming from the recent financial crisis.

In the entertainment industry, Orlando oversees a portfolio of projects as president of Sugarloaf Productions. His latest feature films include Autumn Lights, for which he serves as Executive Producer, and Lazy Eye, for which he serves as Associate Producer. He has worked with multiple production companies, including Fierce Entertainment and Big Cat Productions, as well as the movie investment firm PalmStar Media Capital and the TV animation division of Universal Studios.

Orlando is a skilled and engaging public speaker who can address a wide range of issues, from politics and macroeconomics to the world of high finance and the art of storytelling. He has appeared on television, both as an interviewee and a political commentator. He is also a member of the American Planning Association, American Real Estate and Urban Economics AssociationAssociation for Public Policy Analysis & ManagementMensa International, Midwest Political Science Association, and Urban Affairs Association and a trustee of the philanthropic Orlando Foundation.

Credentials

  • Assistant Lecturer, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California
  • Author, Letter to the One Percent
  • Op-Ed Columnist, Huffington Post
  • Managing Partner, Orlando Investment Group, LP
  • President, Sugarloaf Productions, LLC
  • MSc, Economic History, London School of Economics
  • BS, Economics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania