Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Empowering Low-Income Families to Create Prosperity: Interview with Ben Mangan

"It's important to never lose track of leveraging the strengths of the people that we serve. I think that when you take a strengths-based approach to working with folks who are struggling in some way, it's part of the way that you build optimism.  It's one of the most important ways that you position the people that you're serving to be successful over time. 
~ Ben Mangan, EARN 



Ben Mangan is the President, CEO, and Co-Founder of the nonprofit, EARN.  Since 2001, EARN has helped tens of thousands of low-income people enter the financial mainstream, and move toward prosperity with savings accounts for the unbanked, and matched accounts for low wage workers to invest in education, first homes, and microenterprise.

Ben has more than 15 years of experience in policy leadership, innovation and strategic management.  Ben was the Midwest Practice Leader for Ernst and Young's Public Private Development Group in Chicago, and served as Director of Organizational Strategy for the international micro-payments company, beenz.com.

He is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post and SFGate, and serves as a lecturer on the faculty of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College (which is how I know him), and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School.

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