Laura Levine has devoted her career to helping people of all ages better understand financial services through marketing and outreach, communications, and most recently, through education. In 2004, she became executive director of the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, a Washington DC-based coalition committed to “financial smarts for students,” and was named President and CEO in 2011.
Laura began her career in credit unions and was a credentialed, Capitol Hill correspondent before moving into the securities industry. Laura served as Director of Editorial Services for the National Association of Securities Dealers (now FINRA) and, later, as Director of Education and Information for the NASD Office of Individual Investor Services. From 1999-2004, Laura was Director of the NASDAQ Educational Foundation.
Since taking over at Jump$tart, Laura has continued raise awareness about the importance of financial literacy and the need for effective financial education, while growing the coalition at both the state and national levels. She speaks and writes regularly on financial literacy for youth, especially the important role of parents and caregivers, and is featured as presenter and host of Jump$tart’s Facebook Live Broadcasts.
In 2008, Laura was appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy by President George W. Bush and chaired the Council’s Youth Committee. She is currently a member of the Experian Consumer Council and the NFCC Connect Advisory Committee, and recently served on the Parent Cabinet for former DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson, the Curriculum and Assessment Task Forces for Child and Youth Finance International, and the Financial Literacy Advisory Group for the American Library Association.
A native of Los Angeles, Laura holds a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California and is a graduate of the Western CUNA Management School. She does not consider herself a financial expert, but rather, a staunch advocate for financial education and information and (she hopes) she is raising a financially literate son.