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About the National Outreach Advisory Board

The national outreach and web team from "Your Life, Your Money" wishes to thank the following leaders from the field of personal financial literacy for sharing their expertise and insights with us.

National Outreach Advisors

Loretta Abrams
Loretta Abrams is senior vice president of consumer affairs for HSBC - North America. In this position, Abrams is responsible for consumer advocacy issues, community relations and financial education initiatives for North America. She is frequently quoted in various national media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, New York Daily News, Money® magazine and MarketWatch.com.

Beth Kobliner
Beth Kobliner has been writing and speaking on personal finance issues for more than 15 years. Her book, Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties has helped thousands of young adults better understand money basics. A former staff writer at Money magazine and financial columnist for Glamour, Kobliner has also contributed numerous articles to The New York Times. She's a regular on TV and radio, with multiple appearances on Oprah, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, NPR and NBC's Today show.

Laura Levine
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 only the second executive director of the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, a Washington DC-based coalition of more than 180 national partners and 48 affiliated state coalitions, which share a commitment to "financial smarts for students" in kindergarten through college. Levine was also recent member of President George W. Bush's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy.

Ben Levy
Ben Levy is CEO of Young Money, LLC launched in 1999 to change the way young adults earn, manage, invest and spend money. As head of this leading national money, business and lifestyle magazine, Ben oversees an executive team, as well as a diverse network of freelance and student journalists. The magazine is distributed to thousands of college campuses across the United States and is also provided digitally through the internet. Ben began his career with Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg, Germany, and then returned stateside to earn his MBA from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is one of five investors in Young Money, LLC.

Barbara O'Neill, Ph.D., CFP
Dr. Barbara O'Neill, a university professor, has 30 years of financial education experience and has written over 1,500 newspaper articles and over 100 articles for academic journals, conference proceedings, and other professional publications. She is a certified financial planner (CFP), chartered retirement planning counselor (CRPC), accredited financial counselor (AFC), certified housing counselor (CHC), and certified financial educator (CFE). Dr. O'Neill is the author of three financial planning case study books, two trade books including Saving on a Shoestring and Investing on a Shoestring, and co-author of Investing For Your Future, Money Talk: A Financial Guide for Women, and Small Steps to Health and Wealth™.