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Andrea Levere, President

Areas of Expertise: Assets & Opportunity Scorecard, Children’s Savings Accounts, Entrepreneurship, Federal Policy, IDAs, Local Policy, Savings & Financial Capability, State Policy

Andrea Levere has led the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) as its President since 2004. CFED's work makes it possible for millions of people to achieve financial security and contribute to an opportunity economy.

CFED designs and operates major national initiatives that aim to expand matched savings for children and youth, bring self-employed entrepreneurs into the financial mainstream and turn manufactured housing into an appreciating asset. CFED operates a comprehensive public policy program to build and protect assets at the local, state and federal levels, and produces the nationally recognized Assets & Opportunity Scorecard. CFED operates the Assets & Opportunity Network, comprised of nearly 2,000 General Members and 90 Network Leaders who advocate for asset-development and asset-protection policies at the municipal and state levels. CFED also operates the Taxpayer Opportunity Network, which represents over 700 providers of community tax preparation services.

Under Ms. Levere’s leadership, CFED launched the Campaign for Every Kid’s Future at the 2015 gathering of the Clinton Global Initiative America. The Campaign is supporting the growth of the CSA field over the next five years, with an ambitious goal to ensure that at least 1.4 million children have an account and 25 large-scale programs are running by 2020. For the past decade, CFED has led I’M HOME: Innovations in Manufactured Homes, which promotes market transformation for the owners of manufactured homes through new production, community conversions, public policy and access to fair and affordable single family finance.

Prior to joining CFED in 1992, Ms. Levere was a director with the National Development Council. At NDC, she was a lead trainer for the Economic Development Finance Certification Program and designed and conducted “Taking Care of Business,” a financial management program for entrepreneurs, while also working with cities and states to structure financing for small businesses, affordable housing and urban development projects.

Ms. Levere served as chair of the board of the Ms. Foundation for Women from 2002-2005, after being on its board since 1998. Currently, she serves as the Chair of ROC USA (Resident Owned Communities USA), a national social venture that converts manufactured home parks into resident-owned cooperatives. She is a member of the FDIC’s Committee on Economic Inclusion, Morgan Stanley’s Community Development Advisory Board, Capital One’s Community Advisory Council and JPMC’s Consumer Advisory Council. In 2013, President Obama appointed Ms. Levere to the National Cooperative Bank’s (NCB) Board of Directors to represent the interests of low-income consumers.

Ms. Levere holds a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University and an MBA from Yale University. In 2001, she received the Alumni Recognition Award from the Yale School of Management and in 2008 was named to the inaugural class of its Donaldson Fellows Program, which recognizes alumni who help educate business and society leaders.

News

Going Mobile: CFED President Andrea Levere Opinion in New York Times Sunday Review

CFED President Andrea Levere Responds to President Obama's 2014 State of the Union Address

President Barack Obama Appoints CFED President Andrea Levere to NCB Board of Directors

Publications

"How the Road to Financial Security is Paved with Financial Capability," in What It's Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the Nation

Video

Andrea's Opening Remarks at "The Forgotten 40 Percent" Panel Discussion

Andrea's 2012 State of the Field Address

Andrea’s Remarks at the Municipal Report Release Event


Andrea’s ALC2010 Remarks

Andrea on SEED as a National Policy

Speeches

Andrea's 2014 State of the Field Address

Andrea’s 2010 State of the Field Address

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Most Recent Blog Posts

Nov 10, 2016

Crossing the Great Divide: Building Assets and Wealth for All

While the creation of the social safety net was one of the crowning achievements of the 20th century, the economic changes of our time demand more if we expect to help families stabilize their financial lives and escape the cycle of poverty.

Nov 10, 2016

One Thing That I Know for Sure

There is one thing that I know for sure and it is that our work - to reduce wealth inequality and enable all families to achieve financial security - is more vital than ever.

Mar 16, 2016

Bridging the Great Racial Divide with Data and Bright Ideas

But by pairing What It’s Worth’s essays with the data from the 2016 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard, we can both measure the size of the challenge facing communities of color and think creatively about new solutions.

Jan 11, 2016

“What We’re Doing Now is Necessary but Not Sufficient” for Building Financial Well-Being

“Financial well-being and financial health are preconditions for nearly all the long-term outcomes that collectively enable people and places to thrive.”

Dec 10, 2015

How Can We Cure What Ails American Family Finances?

The perilous state of American family finances cannot be solved by a few new policies alone. Instead, the situation demands action from all the players in the system, including the business community, education leaders, non-profits and government agencies.

Oct 19, 2015

CFED's Commitment to Closing the Racial Wealth Divide

While Americans of all backgrounds have experienced significant losses of wealth since the recent recession, Americans of color have suffered the most.

Sep 4, 2015

Can Employers Help Workers Better Manage Their Money?

Helping workers better manage their finances and save more effectively should be part of any comprehensive work benefits package.

Jun 9, 2015

President Clinton Announces Launch of Campaign for Every Kid’s Future

The Campaign for Every Kid’s Future will connect 1.4 million children to asset-building savings accounts by 2020.

May 1, 2015

What Does it Mean to be Financially Capable?

It is about giving people the tools they need to spend, save and invest their money.

Apr 29, 2015

Seven Lessons from the Integration of Financial Capability Services

Here is what we have learned from integrating financial capability services into other organizations that serve low- and moderate-income people.

Apr 8, 2015

Levere: Putnam's Path Forward for 'Our Kids' Should Start With the Upside-Down Tax Code

Despite careful exploration, including diminished wealth, financial insecurity, and isolation of the poor from our communities and civil society, the book offers only a broad-brush explanation of what caused the problem

Mar 27, 2015

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Proposal Is Important First Step to Rein in Abusive Payday Lending Practices

Final Rules Need to More Forcefully Address Ability of Borrowers to Repay Loans and Ensure Online Lenders Follow State Consumer Protection Laws

Mar 3, 2015

Opinion: Solving Wealth Inequality Requires Predatory Lending Reform

The economic recovery has not benefited Americans equally. We all know that. But few facts underscore that point more clearly than

May 1, 2014

The Urgency of Now: A Primer for How to Address Racial Inequity

Last week, the Foundation Review published an article not to be missed—“The Urgency of Now: Foundations’ Role in Ending Racial Inequity.”

Apr 29, 2014

When Piketty Came to America

The top-selling book on Amazon.com right now, amazingly enough, happens to be a 696-page treatise on economic history written by a Frenchman.

Feb 12, 2014

Banking on Children and Parents Together

Can you imagine a child in preschool with her own bank account? How might she feel as she takes a trip to the local bank or credit union branch?

Feb 5, 2014

What's in the Piggy Bank?

Next Wednesday, February 12, CFED President Andrea Levere will be featured on a webinar highlighting her fellowship with the Aspen Institute's Ascend program.

Jan 9, 2014

Opinion: It's Time to Expand the War for Economic Opportunity

Leading up to his famous declaration 50 years ago, LBJ first noted that "many Americans live on the outskirts of hope

Oct 31, 2013

Lessons From UNICEF on Halloween: How Small Donations Can Support Big College Dreams

My earliest experience with charity was collecting pennies and nickels in my orange UNICEF box on Halloween.

May 8, 2013

Opinion: Bipartisan Bill Invests in Next Generation

Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill have come together to develop a plan that would help the youngest students learn the benefits of depositing their money in a real bank and saving for a future that includes college.

Apr 11, 2013

Levere: FY14 Budget a "Strong Starting Point" for Rebuilding American Opportunity

The President's budget preserves our historic commitment to protect the nation’s most vulnerable households.

Mar 27, 2013

Manufactured Home Mortgages Perform As Well As Other Mortgages

The foreclosure crisis. Homeowners “underwater.” Neighborhoods blighted with vacated homes.

Jan 9, 2013

Hurricane Sandy and the Merits of Manufactured Housing

As the difficulties facing Hurricane Sandy victims continue to mount many weeks after the storm, several options have been considered

Jun 1, 2012

Policymakers Can Help Low-Income Families and Score Political Points

In the current polarized political environment, many people assume that more government intervention equals more spending

Feb 15, 2012

Aspen Institute Names Levere Ascend Fellow

The Aspen Institute today announced that Andrea Levere of Washington, D.C., will be in the inaugural class of its Ascend Fellowship program

Dec 13, 2011

Video Highlights: Opportunity Nation

A couple weeks ago, the kind folks at Opportunity Nation provided us with the video

Nov 28, 2011

CFED’s Levere Featured on Bay Area Public Radio

This morning, CFED’s President Andrea Levere was a featured guest on “Forum

Nov 2, 2011

CFED’s Levere to Speak at Opportunity Nation

Tomorrow, the Opportunity Nation Summit will convene in New York City at the Apollo Theater,

Sep 21, 2011

CFED Brings Inclusive Economy to Wall Street

This morning, CFED took its message of economic inclusion all the way to Wall Street as

Sep 6, 2011

Recording from Net Impact Call

Last month, I had the privilege of speaking on a Net Impact Call entitled “Closing the Wealth Gap.”

Jul 29, 2011

CFED’s Levere Discusses Racial Wealth Gap at NUL Conference

Earlier today, CFED President Andrea Levere gave a presentation to the National Urban League Conference

Jul 22, 2011

CFED’s Levere Featured in Ford Foundation Event

Last week, our friends at the Ford Foundation hosted The Just City: A Ford Forum on Metropolitan Opportunity

Apr 13, 2011

Comment on President Obama’s Budget Deficit-Reduction Address

In his speech earlier this afternoon, President Obama rightly identified tax reform as a major part of the solution

Apr 11, 2011

Redefining Financial Capability

EARN invites you to join our upcoming webinar on self-efficacy. Popular wisdom suggests

Mar 16, 2011

CFED Launches New Blog

On behalf of everyone at CFED, I am excited to share with you the launch of CFED’s newest blog, The Inclusive Economy. The Inclusive Economy is CFED’s online home for

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