Shira Markoff, Associate Director, Children's Savings
Areas of Expertise: Children’s Savings Accounts, IDAs, Integrated Service Delivery
Shira Markoff is Associate Director for Children’s Savings. She manages CFED’s work to support the creation, design and operational success of Children’s Savings Account (CSA) programs through providing technical assistance to programs, engaging in advocacy at the state and local levels and developing tools and resources for the field. Previously, Shira served as Associate Director on CFED’s Savings & Financial Capability team, for which she oversaw a portfolio of children’s and adult’s savings programs and managed programs that integrate asset-building strategies within other large systems, such as TANF, Head Start and other social services.
Shira has more than 10 years of experience working on asset-building and financial capability programs. Prior to joining CFED, she worked as a Program Manager for Seedco managing a portfolio of six government and private grant programs, totaling over $2.2 million annually. She worked with community-based organizations across New York City to implement programs that assisted low- and moderate-income taxpayers in receiving the EITC and other tax credits and helped families access government benefits, such as SNAP and Medicaid. Shira also served two years as an Americorps VISTA at New Jersey Community Development Corporation, where she helped to implement and manage an IDA program.
Shira holds a Master of Public Policy degree from American University and a B.A. in history from Rutgers University.
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Most Recent Blog Posts
Jan 27, 2017
While some CSA programs have developed workarounds, for other would-be programs, the challenge of finding a financial services provider willing to work with them to create an appropriate savings vehicle is too big to overcome.
Nov 7, 2016
Our recent report, "A Growing Movement: The State of the Children’s Savings Field 2016," offers a snapshot of the growing field of CSAs. However, for my fellow data wonks and CSA aficionados, this blog offers a deeper dive into the survey results.
Jul 13, 2016
Presidential candidates should include CSAs in their plans to tackle college costs.
Apr 19, 2016
Partners are essential to making the Campaign for Every Kid's Future thrive.
Mar 24, 2016
Big news for all advocates fighting to expand opportunity, boost children’s savings and turn upside-down tax programs right-side up!
Mar 24, 2016
As part of the Campaign for Every Kid’s Future, CFED has set out an audacious goal of connecting 1.4 million children with a Children’s Savings Account (CSA) by 2020. Achieving this goal will require big, bold new programs in states and large cities.
Dec 8, 2015
Children’s Savings Account (CSA) programs are a powerful tool for building children’s aspirations and investing in their futures. But how do you get one off the ground?
Nov 20, 2015
This proposal is a critical step toward making access to savings—and higher education—are reality for all kids.
Oct 12, 2015
The closure of the children’s savings account (CSA) program in Cuyahoga County, Ohio affords us the opportunity to learn more about how to get it right when it comes to designing and implementing CSA programs.
Sep 30, 2015
Children’s Savings Accounts (CSA) programs are a powerful tool for growing college savings and building students’ aspirations for their future. CFED's new interactive guide can help organizations, cities, counties and states design successful CSA programs.
Sep 11, 2015
West Virginia joins several other states— including Nevada, Maine, Rhode Island and Connecticut—that have statewide, universally-available Children’s Savings Account (CSA) programs.
Apr 20, 2015
We focus on children and youth (ages 0-21) because building financial capability early in life can make a significant difference in adulthood.
Jan 14, 2015
The energy and momentum of the children’s savings movement continues to build!
Jun 16, 2014
Having Father’s Day this past weekend, its an opportune moment to think about all the fathers and mothers of modest means across the country
May 20, 2014
It’s not often that a conference opens with an invitation to engage in a frank conversation about the tough issues facing a field.