Jennifer Tescher

President & CEO

Jennifer Tescher is the President & CEO of the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI), the nation’s authority on consumer financial health. CFSI leads a network of financial services innovators committed to promoting high-quality financial products. Through its Compass Principles and a lineup of proprietary research, insights and events, CFSI connects members of its network to build a more robust financial services marketplace.

Ms. Tescher founded CFSI in 2004 and has since achieved notable success in championing increased access to high-quality financial products and services for underserved consumers as an objective for the industry. She has become a nationally known expert on this topic, frequently quoted in national and financial press including The New York Times, NPR’s Marketplace, and Washington Post, with major speaking engagements at a broad spectrum of industry and policy convenings. She is also currently an advisory council member of Accion’s Center for Financial Inclusion.

Tescher launched CFSI’s annual conference, newly titled “Emerge: Consumer Financial Health Forum,” which presents cutting-edge thought leadership and showcases innovators, executives, and emerging companies in the financial services industries.

She lives in Chicago with her husband, Jonathan Eig, and her children, Lillian, Lola, and Jeffery.

Recent research from Jennifer Tescher

  • CFSI Comment Letter on Proposed Amendments to Rules Concerning Prepaid Accounts

    CFSI submitted this letter in response to the request for comment on the proposed Amendments to Rules Concerning Prepaid Accounts, issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB, the Bureau) and published on June 29, 2017. Like the CFPB, we recognize the important role that prepaid products and services can play in the financial health of U.S. consumers and we are committed to promoting high-quality financial products. We believe that financial services can be a force for good in people's lives and that meeting consumers’ needs responsibly is ultimately good for both the consumer and the provider.

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  • CFSI Comment Letter on Information Regarding Consumer Credit Card Market

    CFSI submitted this letter in response to the CFPB's request for information on consumer credit card markets on March 10, 2017. Like the CFPB, CFSI recognizes the important role that access to high-quality financial products plays in helping consumers improve and maintain their financial health. We believe that finance can be a force for good in people's lives and that meeting consumers’ needs responsibly is ultimately good for both the consumer and the provider.

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  • CFSI Comment Letter on Evaluating Charter Applications from Financial Technology Companies

    In this letter, CFSI supports the OCC’s leadership in encouraging innovation that can improve the lives and financial health of consumers and small businesses.

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