Leigh Tivol, Director, Savings & Financial Security
Areas of Expertise: Asset Building for Children, Children’s Savings Accounts, IDAs, Financial Education, Savings & Financial Security
Leigh Tivol is CFED's Director of Savings & Financial Security. She has spent her entire career in the asset-building field, with more than fifteen years of policy and program experience in asset generation and protection, affordable housing, and community development. She has worked in a range of settings, including direct service delivery, statewide policy advocacy, association services and technical assistance to community organizations, state government, and now at CFED, a national think tank and intermediary.
Currently, Ms. Tivol oversees CFED's work in the area of savings and financial security, including matched savings accounts and other strategies that enable low-income children, adults, and families to build assets. From 2006 to 2009, she participated in the implementation of the Savings for Education, Entrepreneurship and Downpayment (SEED) initiative, a national demonstration of matched savings accounts for children and youth. She also contributes to CFED's work in state-level assets policy.
Prior to joining CFED, Ms. Tivol was an advocate for community development and affordable housing policy in Indiana. She worked in both the public and nonprofit sectors, and focused primarily on Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), homeownership education and counseling, housing trust funds, and predatory mortgage lending. From 1999 to 2002, she directed the Near Eastside IDA Program, which was one of the first IDA programs in the nation and a partner in CFED's national American Dream Demonstration.
Ms. Tivol holds bachelor's degrees in Sociology and French from Brown University, and a Master's in Public Affairs from Indiana University.