Katherine M. Sauer, Ph.D.

As senior director of education, research and strategic impact for the National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) Sauer’s responsibilities include philanthropic, research, evaluation and technology engagement of the collegiate and adult consumer education initiatives of the foundation. Sauer brings over a decade of expert economic literacy experience from teaching, conducting and overseeing research, developing and implementing projects, and managing programs.

Prior to joining NEFE, Sauer was vice president at an investment consulting firm where she specialized in retirement plans. Before that, she served three years on a human resources leadership team with the University of Colorado System Administration Office where she worked on special projects in employee engagement and education. She has held faculty positions at the University of Southern Indiana and Metropolitan State University of Denver and was co-director of the Center for Economic Education at the later. Additionally, Sauer has consulted for the U.S. Department of Commerce and provided faculty development training at Eurasia University in Xi’an, China.

Formerly serving as a NEFE subject matter expert, Sauer brings consulting expertise in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, statistical analysis, data collection, survey design and administration, and writing technical reports and summary/executive reports. She has designed and delivered professional development programming for hundreds of K-12 teachers on topics related to economics and financial literacy with Economic Literacy Colorado, an affiliate of the Council for Economic Education.

Sauer earned her doctorate in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She also holds a certificate in change leadership from Cornell University. Sauer extensively speaks at events across the country and has been recognized for her scholarly contributions to the advancement of teaching and learning. Sauer is an alumna of the University of Colorado Excellence in Leadership Program and a former fellow of the TIAA Institute and the Center for Research on Consumer Financial Decision-Making. Her community engagement activities have included work as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children, an independent county election judge, and a volunteer yoga and meditation instructor.

Sauer is an avid yogi and has been a certified instructor since 2012, currently teaching yoga for athletic performance and recovery at a local martial arts studio. As well as being a certified nutritionist she enjoys cooking whole food plant-based recipes. Sauer also is passionate about improving mental health in the workplace which led her to create a guided meditation app named FocusMinder. Showcasing her artistic side, Sauer outlets her creativity through painting basing her work on graphs from economic theory.

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