Anthony W. Orlando is a Lecturer in the College of Business and Economics at California State University, Los Angeles. He is an op-ed columnist for the Huffington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and the Hazleton Standard-Speaker. He serves as the Managing Partner of the Orlando Investment Group, LP. He has recently been named a Public Policy Research Fellow at the University of Southern California.
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 macroeconomics, finance, American politics and foreign policy, economic and political history, and the history and operation of the movie and TV industries.
Orlando has co-authored articles on real estate history and the recent housing bubble in the Wharton Real Estate Review and the World Financial Research, as well as a forthcoming article in the Annals of Health Law on employer-sponsored health insurance in the context of the Affordable Care Act. He also serves as a financial consultant for various institutions, where his work ranges from advising government officials to high-profile lawsuits stemming from the recent financial crisis.
Orlando has also authored several screenplays in various stages of development. 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. His latest project is the indie feature film Autumn Lights, for which he serves as Executive Producer.
Orlando co-founded the Wharton Politics & Business Association, for which he served as President. He also led the Wharton Undergraduate Consulting Club and the Wharton Undergraduate Finance Club and served as Executive Vice President in the Wharton Accounting Society. Due to his success leading these organizations, he was invited to deliver an address at the annual Wharton Undergraduate Leadership Forum.
Orlando is also a member of Mensa International, the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, and the World Economics Association, and a trustee of the philanthropic Orlando Foundation.