Chief Executive Officer
Dara Duguay, the former Director of Citi’s Office of Financial Education, has been involved with the issue of financial capability and empowerment for over 25 years. Prior to joining the Credit Builders Alliance, she ran her own consulting practice and advised clients such as TD Bank, the World Bank Group, Experian, Visa, and SunTrust Bank on their financial education efforts. Dara also served as the first Executive Director of the non-profit Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. She started work in the field as the Director of Education for the Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) of Los Angeles. Dara 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 59 Other Money Rules You Can’t Afford to Break. An accomplished public speaker, Dara has spoken at hundreds of major conferences, including: the G8 summit in Moscow on financial literacy; the European Commission’s summit on 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, Dara has received the Medal of Merit from the U.S. Treasury’s Savings Bond Volunteer Committee, was appointed to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Economics Steering Committee. Dara received her B.A. in Communications from the University of Michigan and received her M.A. in International Relations from Schiller University in Paris, France. She currently resides in Washington, DC.