Billy J. Hensley, Ph.D. is the senior director of education for the National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®), where he oversees the grants and research department, including management of several of NEFE’s consumer education programs, collegiate initiatives, and e-learning and web strategy. During his career, he has worked in educational philanthropy and higher education administration in Colorado, Ohio and Kentucky. His primary research interests are financial education, teacher professional development and the facilitation of social change through philanthropy.
Prior to joining NEFE in May 2010, Hensley served as research fellow at the University of Cincinnati; assistant director for the Ohio College Access Network; program associate at KnowledgeWorks Foundation in Cincinnati, Ohio; assistant director of admissions at Hiram College; and campaign coordinator at Union College. Through his work on college access issues, he helped increase the number of college access programs in Ohio by designing sustainability plans for programs in communities across the state. His efforts helped increase the number of students served by college access initiatives to 189,000 in 205 of Ohio’s 612 school districts. While at KnowledgeWorks, he helped build a national policy model for career advancement via educational access for working adults. Over the course of his career, Hensley has helped to secure over $35 million in funding for educational initiatives.
Hensley received a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a Master of Arts in Education from Union College. He received a Doctor of Philosophy in educational studies from the University of Cincinnati.
Hensley was named Outstanding Doctoral Student of the Year in 2009 by the University of Cincinnati College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services. He also received the Exemplary Service Award from the Southwest Ohio Secondary Teaching Academy in 2007 and 2008 and the Union College Rising Star Award in 2003. His research has been presented at state, national and international conferences and has also been published in numerous academic research journals. Hensley currently serves on the board of the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, where he chairs the education committee, and the editorial board of the Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning.
Hensley has served on the boards of the Urban Appalachian Council of Greater Cincinnati and the Gallatin Food Pantry, as well as on the Southwest Ohio Workforce Policy Board Youth Council, the After-School All-Stars Evaluation Advisory Board, the University of Cincinnati Diversity Council and the Union College Alumni Board of Directors.
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