As a Senior Vice President, Sarah leads CFSI’s efforts to foster promising product, service, and strategy innovations that advance consumer financial health. She strongly believes that improved access to high-quality products combined with relevant and actionable advice on how to best utilize them can lead to improved financial health outcomes for millions of Americans.
Sarah has overseen the organization’s efforts to seed innovations through a variety of financial and non-financial supports including more than $6M in grants and prizes to leading nonprofits and entrepreneurs. Sarah looks forward to scaling up CFSI’s best practices in identifying, supporting, and evaluating promising technology-enabled innovations through the new Financial Solutions Lab.
She serves on the Board of Moneythink, recognized by President Obama as one of the most promising social innovations in America, and the only movement of young people working to restore the economic health of the U.S. through financial mentorship.
Sarah’s contributions have been featured in a variety of publications including the Chicago Tribune and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. She regularly speaks to nonprofit and for-profit audiences at high-profile industry events including All Payments Expo (formerly Prepaid Card Expo), FinTech Partnerships, and CFED’s Assets Learning Conference on a wide-variety of topics relating to financial health innovation.
Sarah got her start in financial services as a financial coach to low-wage manufacturing workers in Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods. She was also the Associate Director at Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC), where she oversaw resource development as well as the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs that helped low-income individuals improve their employment and financial outcomes.
Sarah is a graduate of Northwestern University, and lives in Chicago with her husband and young daughter.
Recent research from Sarah Gordon
The Financial Solutions Lab at CFSI with founding partner, JPMorgan Chase, announced the nine winners of its $3 million competition for technology innovators.Financial Technology for Social Good Read More
Driven to help households better manage their finances and attain financial stability, a number of nonprofits, financial services providers, and government agencies have turned to the concept of financial capability in the search for effective solutions.Financial Health Read More
The need for new ideas to improve Americans’ financial capability has been evident throughout the recent recession.Financial Health Read More