PREPARE FOR INSPIRATION

The Financial Capability Summit featured recognized thought leaders who are excited to share their insight with you on the latest research, strategies, and approaches to stop the cycle of poverty in Washington State.


Drayton Jackson | State Child Welfare and Homelessness Advocate | Family Day Foundation

Drayton Jackson has firsthand experience of the challenges facing the poorest and most economically disadvantaged in our state. After 20 years of a successful music industry career, Drayton and his family wound up homeless and living in a tent city in Seattle’s White Center. With the services and support received from the Department of Social and Health Services and local non-profit organization that helps the homeless, Kitsap Community Resources, he and his family were able to get on their feet and rebuild their lives. Today, he serves as the 2015-2016 Student Government President of Olympic College and Olympic College’s Transforming Lives Award winner. He is also the recipient of the Olympic College Foundation’s Martin Luther King of Kitsap and the Herbert H. Goodman Scholarships. Drayton currently serves on the Board of the Washington State Association of Head Start and ECEAP program as well as the Kitsap Sun Newspaper Editorial Board. He is the Founder of the Family Day Foundation where he fights for low-income and homeless families. You can learn more about Drayton's story here.


DR. Crystal Hall | Educator | UW Evans School of Public Policy and Governance

Crystal Hall joined the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Policy and Governance faculty in 2008. She is currently serving a year as a Fellow with the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team. Her research explores decision making in the context of poverty, using the methods of social and cognitive psychology, along with behavioral economics. This work has had a particular focus on financial decision making, and also the impacts of class stereotypes and the stigma of poverty. Her research has attempted to broaden the theoretical understanding of the behavior of this population, and has also explored new ways of incorporating these insights into policy design and implementation. 


David Hartman | Researcher and Evaluator | The Prosperity Agenda

David Hartman helps design and evaluate social service programs for The Prosperity Agenda, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that designs solutions to help people achieve their career and financial goals and ultimately, become economically secure. He holds a doctorate in education and has additional graduate degrees in both counseling and sociology. Presently, he is working with the Washington Department of Social and Health Services and the Department of Commerce in designing and implementing both a financial coaching program and a soft skills program for TANF parents. He is passionate about bringing the latest research and perspectives from the social and behavioral sciences to develop new social service programs.


Hillary Madsen | Attorney | Children and Youth Project at Columbia Legal Services

Hillary Madsen is a staff attorney with the Children & Youth Project at Columbia Legal Services (CLS) where she represents low-income, at-risk, homeless and foster children and youth. Outside of the courtroom, Hillary serves clients through organizing and coalition-building across a broad base of communities to advance sound legislative and administrative policies that positively impact children and youth. Prior to joining CLS in 2014, Hillary practiced in commercial and contract law, primarily focusing on civil litigation. She has volunteered with King County Family Law and Dependency CASA, the King County Prosecutor’s Office, and the U-District Youth Shelter.  


Peter Moon | Managing Partner | Navicet

Peter Moon is a managing partner at Navicet, a design consultancy that helps teams develop design capabilities into a competitive advantage. Peter has over 30 years of commercial software design and IT management experience. He is a 13 year veteran of Microsoft and held such positions as Director of Tools for North America Services, Engineering PUM, Quality Director, and Consulting Engagement Manager where he drove some of the largest services engagements in NA. While at Microsoft, Peter developed new practices for IT software design and drove global adoption for over 10,000 IT pros. He has been a speaker at numerous industry conferences, has coached hundreds of teams to achieve better business results through proven practices in design, requirements, risk and project management and has served on Microsoft IT’s Architectural and Standards review boards. Peter launched Navicet in 2014 to serve customers in the Puget Sound area who believe in the power of design to transform business.


DR. Jiaying Zhao | Director | Behavioral Sustainability Lab at the University of British Columbia

Dr. Jiaying Zhao is the Canada Research Chair (t2) in Behavioral Sustainability, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia (UBC). As the director of the Behavioral Sustainability Lab at UBC, she conducts multiple lines of research that promotes financial and environmental sustainability. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University.


Anne E. Price | Director | Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Intitative at Insight Center for Community Economic Development

Anne E. Price is the current director of the Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative at the Insight Center for Community Economic Development. She is an experienced researcher, advocate and trainer.  Anne has spent 20 years in the public sector working on a wide range of issues including child welfare, hunger, welfare reform, workforce development, community development and higher education.  Prior to joining the Insight Center, Anne served as Project Director for California Tomorrow’s Community College Access and Equity Initiative. Anne also spent several years at Seattle’s Human Services Department where she served as the Community Development Block Grant Administrator and Strategic Advisor to the Director.


Kristen Spangler | Director | Finance and Programs at Women's Funding Alliance

Kristen Spangler is a specialist in nonprofit financial and program management.  She has over 20 years of experience working in the nonprofit and public sectors.  Kristen oversees Women’s Funding Alliance’s finances, operations, and programs to advance leadership for women and girls in Washington State. She is also an instructor in the Certificate of Fundraising and Nonprofit Management Programs at University of Washington.  
Prior to Women’s Funding Alliance, Kristen managed the Business Development Center at University of Washington Bothell, which provides consultation to small business owners and links business students with consulting projects. Kristen also worked at the Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development, which provides consulting and training services to community based nonprofits. 


Jonathan Mintz | President | Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund

Jonathan Mintz is President of the Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Fund, a national nonprofit organization that supports municipal efforts to help low-income families and individuals achieve long-term financial stability. He is also the founder of the Cities for Financial Empowerment Coalition (CFE Coalition), which brings together pioneering municipal governments from across the country to advance innovative financial empowerment initiatives on the municipal, state, and national level.

From 2006-2013, Jonathan served as the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), having been appointed to the role by former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. During this time, Jonathan launched the DCA’s Office of Financial Empowerment, which seeks to educate, empower, and financially protect New Yorkers with low incomes. During his tenure as DCA Commissioner, Jonathan also worked on large-scale enforcement and litigation work focused on ending industry-wide deceptive practices in the consumer marketplace; significantly increased the volume of New Yorkers protected and educated about their finances; and led the nation’s most comprehensive campaign to boost awareness and uptake of the Earned Income Tax Credit for working families and individuals.


Jesús Gerena| Managing Partner | Family Independence Initiative

Jesús is Managing Partner of the Family Independence Initiative (FII), a nationwide initiative led by and for families who are together harnessing the power of information to get and stay out of poverty. After 15 years working as a community organizer, Jesús joined FII in 2010 as Executive Director of Boston, where he grew FII to include 800 families across the city. Jesús came to FII from the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF), where he served as Deputy Director and worked on the Youth First project that helped lay the groundwork for a proposed $250M urban development project. Jesús has sat on numerous not-for-profit boards including; English for New Bostonians and the New England Grassroots Environment Fund. He is also Co-Founder of the Community Fellows Program at the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership, affiliated with Tufts University's Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. Earlier this year, the Boston-based Barr Foundation awarded Jesús a Barr Fellowship for his contribution to the city and his potential to drive positive change.

 


Liz Myntti| Program Manager | Lower Columbia CAP

Liz Myntti has been in the Work Force Development Field for 25 years and employed with Lower Columbia CAP in Longview, WA for the last 22 years. Liz brought asset services and strategies for low income families to her community in 2001. She is the Program Manager for CAP’s Financial Independence Center and provides management of the CAPWorks TANF WorkFirst and BFET programs. Ms. Myntti was involved in a National Demonstration Project to bring asset building and financial services to Non-Custodial Parents in WA state. Liz’s Career and Family Development team has also engaged in a WA State Department of Commerce pilot focusing on providing asset building strategies and financial coaching to all transitional jobs parents. 


Clinton Taylor| Program Manager | Financial Beginnings

After serving his country for four and a half years in the United States Army, including one tour in Iraq (Desert Storm), Clinton returned home only to find himself struggling for the next several years to overcome personal battles with drugs, alcohol, and criminal behavior — which led to him being sent to prison for seven years. Since his release from incarceration 13 years ago Clinton earned three college degrees, most recently his Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, and successfully re-integrated himself back into society — proving that you CAN turn life’s stumbling blocks into stepping stones.  Having this life experience, united with his deep passion for helping others to overcome barriers in their life, fueled Clinton as he consulted and worked closely throughout the last 10 years with school districts, non-profit organizations, community corrections, Department of Corrections staff, and private and public sectors all across the country. Clinton has spoken across the country at colleges, high schools, middle schools, youth academies, drug and alcohol facilities, prisons, correctional institutions and Fortune 500 companies. His peers herald Clinton as a powerful and engaging speaker, often referring to him as “Mr. Inspirational.”


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Devin Stubblefield| Education Design Lead | The Prosperity Agenda

Devin Stubblefield is the Education Design Lead for The Prosperity Agenda. As our lead trainer, he understands how agency environments continuously change, and that new tools in the financial empowerment world are constantly being introduced to the field, so he works diligently to keep what The Prosperity Agenda does relevant to practitioners. For the past 29 years, Devin's been a leader in every aspect. Devin is the founder of Faith Finance Center, an organization that provides financial literacy training and coaching services to community and faith-based organizations. Through this effort he is able to directly reach many individuals and families who are in the process of building their financial capacity. He has trained for and consulted with a myriad of organizations like The Washington State Association of Head Start, The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, HomeSight - NeighborWorks Home Ownership Center, and The City of Seattle. To know Devin is to know that his passion in life lies in his ability and commitment to inspire others to pursue economic opportunity.