NEFE Announces New Board Members

Bedke, Jones Appointed to Leadership Assembly

Date: January 24, 2011

Contact: Paul Golden 303-224-3514, [email protected]

DENVER—The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) has tapped two new members to join its 15-member Board of Trustees. Michael Bedke, J.D., a partner at the Florida office of DLA Piper, one of the world’s largest legal service providers; and Michael Jones, J.D., chief operating officer of Public Broadcasting System (PBS), each will serve two-year terms with the financial education advisory group beginning in January.

I look forward to learning from our two new board members as they help guide NEFE in fulfilling its mission," says Ted Beck, president and CEO of NEFE. "Both appointees bring tremendous talents to our leadership group. Michael Bedke's years of legal expertise and community involvement and Michael Jones' leadership within the financial literacy community will prove very valuable to us."

Michael A. Bedke

Bedke leads DLA Piper’s real estate and commercial lending division and serves as the national co-chair of the organization’s rail sector through which he advocates for sustainability and environmental initiatives, such as high-speed rail and other transportation-oriented development. Among his achievements are serving as local counsel in the Alligator Alley and Poinciana Toll Road transaction; serving as lead counsel in the Miami Heat American Airline Arena Project; and working on the “Great Wheel” Project (an iconic 400-foot high observation wheel in Orlando, Fla.).

Michael Bedke, NEFE Board of Trustees

Through his pro bono and volunteer work, Bedke has distinguished himself with honors at DLA Piper and has been recognized as an outstanding young lawyer by law publications and organizations in Florida and nationally. The National Law Journal recognized him in its exclusive "40 Under Forty" listing of lawyers and The Business Journal also named him to its list of "40 Under Forty" outstanding business talents.

Bedke is regarded as a prominent male voice in the battle against domestic violence, serving on President George W. Bush's National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women and receiving the Florida Victim Advocate of the Year award in 2004. Bedke also has helped secure support for thousands of natural disaster victims throughout Florida, Hawaii and the Midwest.

Through his work at NEFE, Bedke hopes to continue advocacy for victims, this time with a focus on financial strife.

I look forward to working with NEFE in empowering people to learn more about how to manage their personal finances in a way that will give them greater control over their lives," says Bedke. "I particularly welcome the opportunity to assist NEFE in its outreach to our less fortunate neighbors, the poor and working poor."

Michael D. Jones

As chief operating officer, Jones works to ensure that all PBS services and activities are strategically aligned with the nonprofit's mission and vision. Before joining PBS in January 2009, Jones spent 12 years at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), formerly the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD). While at NASD, he served most recently as senior executive vice president and chief administrator officer, in addition to leading the NASD Foundation as its president. Jones had a leadership role in restructuring the internal operations of NASD subsidiaries, the Nasdaq Stock Market and the American Stock Exchange (AMEX).

Michael Jones, NEFE Board of Trustees

Before joining NASD in 1996, Jones worked as deputy director/counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Public Affairs, Policy Evaluation and Research. Earlier in his career, Jones served two U.S. Senators, Bill Bradley of New Jersey and Edward Brooke of Massachusetts. Jones also served as spokesperson and political advisor for presidential candidate John Anderson, a congressman from Illinois. He also worked as a public affairs counselor at the New York office of Burson-Marsteller, a national public relations firm, and as national director of public relations for the March of Dimes.

Additionally, Jones served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Boston College, the Board of Advisors of Boston College's Law School, the Board of Directors of the Jump$tart Coalition, and president of the Alliance for Investor Education.

I am a firm believer in education and I am very impressed with the scope of work that NEFE does," says Jones. "Financial education, especially in this economy, is truly important. It's no longer a 'nice-to-have,' it's a 'must-have.'"

Bedke and Jones will participate in their first full meeting of the NEFE Board of Trustees in April. For more information on NEFE’s 15-member board, click here.

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Contacts

  • Paul Golden

    Media Relations Director

    Direct: 303-224-3514
    Cell: 303-918-3620
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  • Patricia (Pat) Seaman

    Senior Director of Marketing and Communications

    Direct: 303-224-3538
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