VP, Aspen Institute & Executive Director, Aspen Institute Financial Security Program
Ida Rademacher is VP at the Aspen Institute and Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program, a leading national voice on Americans’ financial health. Ida combines her expertise in economic inclusion research and policy with her experience partnering with fintechs and large financial institutions to ideate new products and solutions to fight financial inequality across the country. Her efforts have resulted in the creation of several new cutting-edge initiatives, including the Nonprofit Leaders in Fintech (nLift) working group, the Expanding Prosperity Impact Collaborative (EPIC), the Reconnecting Work and Wealth Initiative, and the Aspen Leadership Forum on Retirement Savings. Through these projects Ida and her team are building a cross-disciplinary community of leaders and change agents who, together, are deeply probing critical financial challenges facing U.S. households and shaping market and policy innovations that can improve the financial security and well-being of all Americans.
Ida was most recently Chief Program Officer at Prosperity Now (formerly CFED), where she created the multi-institutional team responsible for leading the CFPB’s Consumer Financial Well-Being Metrics Project. Earlier in her career Ida led research and evaluation projects at the Aspen Economic Opportunities Program and the Center for Behavioral and Evaluation Research at the Academy for Educational Development. Ida has testified on numerous occasions before Congress and contributes regularly to news and commentary on consumer financial issues in outlets including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Politico and public radio’s Marketplace. She currently serves on several advisory boards and is a Director on the Boards of two of the nation’s leading nonprofit fintechs, The Financial Clinic and EARN.