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Laura Levine - President and CEO

Laura LevineTurn on JavaScript! has devoted her career to helping people of all ages better understand financial services through marketing and outreach, communications, and most recently, through education.  In 2004, she became executive director of the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, a Washington DC-based coalition committed to “financial smarts for students,” and was named President and CEO in 2011.

Laura began her career in credit unions and was a credentialed, Capitol Hill correspondent before moving into the securities industry. Laura served as Director of Editorial Services for the National Association of Securities Dealers (now FINRA) and, later, as Director of Education and Information for the NASD Office of Individual Investor Services. From 1999-2004, Laura was Director of the NASDAQ Educational Foundation.

Since taking over at Jump$tart, Laura has continued to raise awareness about financial literacy, while growing the coalition at both the state and national levels. In 2008, Laura was appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy by President George W. Bush and chaired the Council’s Youth Committee.  She has recently served on the Retirement Security Coalition Advisory Board for the Financial Services Roundtable and the Financial Literacy Advisory Group for the American Library Association. She is currently a member of the Experian Consumer Council, as well as the Curriculum and Assessment Task Forces for Child and Youth Finance International.

A native of Los Angeles, Laura holds a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California and is a graduate of the Western CUNA Management School.  She does not consider herself a financial expert, but rather, a staunch advocate for financial education and information and (she hopes) she is raising a financially literate son.