Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities

Jennifer Tescher, Center for Financial Services Innovation

Technology is shifting financial services from an institution-centric model to a customer-centric model.

Jennifer Tescher is the president and CEO for the Center for Financial Services Innovation, which aims to transform the financial services experience in America in order to better serve underbanked consumers and help them achieve prosperity. Ms. Tescher founded CFSI in 2004 and has since achieved notable success in raising the profile of underbanked access and asset-building as an objective for the industry. Ms. Tescher serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Credit Builders Alliance and is a member of Bank of America’s National Community Advisory Council. A recipient of the Crain’s Chicago Business “40 Under 40” Award for 2006, Ms. Tescher received undergraduate and graduate degrees in journalism from Northwestern University and a public policy degree from the University of Chicago.

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