Brent Neiser is senior director of strategic programs and alliances for the National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®). His work at NEFE includes coordinating strategic intelligence for the organization and developing financial education initiatives through unique collaborations with nonprofit organizations and foundations nationwide such as the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity.
Neiser directed NEFE’s research-based think tank on retirement income planning and management, which resulted in the consumer website, My Retirement Paycheck (www.myretirementpaycheck.org). He also helped develop the websites Financial Workshop Kits (www.financialworkshopkits.org), which empowers social services experts, financial planners, community volunteers and human resources professionals in building financial capacity, and CashCourse® (www.cashcourse.org), which delivers noncommercial personal finance literacy for college and university students delivered via free subscriptions in over 1,000 higher education institutions.
He provides public policy work for NEFE, including testifying before Congress, and has worked with executive agencies such as President Barack Obama’s Advisory Councils on Financial Capability and President George W. Bush’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy. He also is an advisor to Sesame Workshop on financial education.
Neiser served as executive director of the Institute of Certified Financial Planners (now Financial Planning Association), a national professional association. In Washington, D.C., he helped develop and design the nation’s first Personal Economic Summit, a conference addressing financial illiteracy. He won the Financial Planning Association’s Heart of Financial Planning Award in 2010.
Brent is an Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders graduate of the Stanford University School of Business Center for Social Innovation. He was a national Coro Foundation Public Affairs Fellow, which included working with The Walt Disney Company. He holds a master’s in global studies with an emphasis in public diplomacy and international security from the University of Denver, an MBA from the University of Louisville, a master’s in urban studies from Occidental College and a bachelor’s in public affairs from George Washington University. Neiser is a Kellogg Executive Scholar with Northwestern University and completed the Commonfund Endowment Institute at Yale School of Management. He also is a Certified Financial Planner™ certificant.
Neiser has appeared on NBC’s “Today” and PBS’s “PBS NewsHour” and “Nightly Business Report,” as well as on ABC, MSNBC, CNBC and CNN. He has been quoted in newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He has spoken before business, nonprofit, education and advocacy organizations, including Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development international conferences in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Washington, D.C., and Asia-Pacific financial literacy summits in Seoul, South Korea and Beijing.
Neiser is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and former chair and gubernatorial appointee of the Colorado Council of Advisors on Consumer Credit. He serves as chair of the City of Greenwood Village, Colo., Parks, Trails and Recreation Commission, is a former board member of the Young Americans Bank and The Adoption Exchange, and is a delegate to Leadership Denver, the Denver Metro Chamber’s Leadership Exchange.
He and his wife, Marion (a former nonprofit executive), adopted and raised three special needs children from the foster care system. His interests include drums and Latin percussion, snowboarding, paddle boarding, swimming, golf, yoga and modern design.
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