Credit Builders Alliance
Dara Duguay, is the Executive Director of the Credit Builders Alliance. Prior to joining theCredit Builders Alliance, she ran her own consulting practice and advised clients such as TDBank, the World Bank Group, Experian, Visa, and SunTrust Bank on their financial educationefforts. Ms. Duguay was also the Director of Citi’s Office of Financial Education and oversaw a$200 million global commitment. Preceding her work at Citi, she served as the ExecutiveDirector of the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, which advocates forincreased financial education for youth. She started work in the field as the Director of Education for the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Los Angeles.
Ms. Duguay is considered a national expert on personal finance. Her media experience includes interviews in major U.S. print publications and she has regularly appeared as a guest on many national television and radio networks. She is the author of three critically acclaimed personal finance books: The Citi Commonsense Money Guide for Real People; Please Send Money: A Financial Survival Guide for Young Adults on Their Own; and Don’t Spend Your Raise: And 59Other Money Rules You Can’t Afford to Break.
An accomplished public speaker, Ms. Duguay has spoken at hundreds of major conferences,including: the G8 summit in Moscow on financial literacy; the European Commission’s summiton financial capacity; the OECD annual meeting; the National Association of State Treasurers;the Society of American Business Editors and Writers; and the American Bankers Association.
Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Duguay has received the Medal of Merit from the U.S.Treasury’s Savings Bond Volunteer Committee and was appointed to the National Assessment ofEducational Progress (NAEP) Economics Steering Committee.
Ms. Duguay received her B.A. in Communications from the University of Michigan and receivedher M.A. in International Relations from Schiller University in Paris, France. She currentlyresides in Washington, DC.