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Kate Griffin, Vice President, Programs

Areas of Expertise: Savings, Financial Capability, Children’s Savings Accounts, IDAs, Integrated Service Delivery, Financial Inclusion

Kate Griffin is CFED's Vice President for Programs, providing strategic oversight for the organization’s asset building and financial capability programmatic agendas, including savings, homeownership and entrepreneurship.  In her tenure at CFED, she has designed and led programs to scale asset-building strategies to reach more low-income children and families, consulting with community-based organizations and government agencies to improve practices and strengthen outcomes.

Ms. Griffin has spent her entire career focused on financial inclusion and helping low-income families build and manage wealth. Prior to joining CFED, she worked internationally in the microfinance field, providing technical assistance to organizations in a dozen countries in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe before joining CFED in 2012 to advance the goals of asset building and economic security in the United States.

In leadership roles in CFED’s Savings & Financial Capability team from 2012-2015, Ms. Griffin oversaw CFED's work in the area of savings and financial security, including matched savings accounts that enable low-income children, adults and families to build assets. She has led CFED’s work to scale asset-building strategies within other large systems, such as TANF, Head Start, child welfare, child support, public health and other social services. Ms. Griffin was named the Vice President for Programs in February 2015.

Prior to joining CFED, Ms. Griffin launched and managed the Solutions for the Poorest group at the Grameen Foundation. In that capacity, appropriate financial services were designed and made available to over 500,000 families in India, Ethiopia and the Philippines. Ms. Griffin also oversaw the East and Southeast Asia portfolio for the Foundation from 2006-2009. She worked extensively on policy environments for effective microfinance sectors while at the IRIS Center at the University of Maryland. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and is widely published in the microfinance field.

Ms. Griffin holds a B.A. in international studies from Kenyon College and an M.A. from American University’s School of International Service.

Publications

What It's Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the Nation (editor)

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Most Recent Blog Posts

Apr 26, 2017

A Few Hundred Dollars Shouldn’t Delay the American Dream

As we conclude Financial Capability Month and celebrate the myriad successes we are having with individuals, let’s also continue a parallel discussion of how financial capability can and should be seen as a public good.

Nov 9, 2016

Matchmaker, Matchmaker: How FinTechs and Nonprofits Can Swipe Into Great Partnerships

What happens when FinTech startups and nonprofit organizations meet and feel the spark? Together they can be quite the power couple!

Nov 3, 2016

The Marriage of Health and Wealth: A Union to Last a Lifetime

“If you want to lower my blood pressure, help me pay my electricity bill.” These words that frame Jason Purnell’s essay in What It’s Worth capture it perfectly: the connection between health and wealth is inextricable.

Aug 3, 2016

Supporting Workers Beyond Wages

Steven L. Dawson’s call for a “better jobs strategy” means giving workers the opportunity to build financial stability.

May 3, 2016

Becoming Your Own Boss Brings On Unique Financial Capability Needs

Entrepreneurship continues to be an important pathway to financial empowerment for many Americans, and business owners have unique financial capability needs.

Apr 1, 2016

What Financial Capability Means at Every Age

The story of financial capability comes back to one simple thing: what’s going on in your life?

Feb 4, 2016

What It’s Worth: A New Resource for Promoting Financial Well-Being

What It's Worth offers a 360-degree view of the financial problems and challenges facing millions of American households.

Dec 15, 2015

The Potential I See in the CFPB’s New Financial Well-Being Scale

Financial well-being. We’ve been hearing the term a lot. But what does it mean?

Aug 13, 2015

Financial Security at Work: Where Do We Go From Here

We explore questions that will help inform the next phase of our work to better understand and expand opportunities for workplace-based financial capability programming.

Apr 6, 2015

Housing as a Springboard to Financial Well-being

As we kicked off Financial Capability Month, we talked about providing people with access to financial capability products and services at the moment they are making key financial choices.

Apr 1, 2015

Why CFED Believes in Financial Capability for All

By working together with families to make good financial decisions easier, financial capability practitioners are setting families on a path to financial security in the long-term.

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