Jennifer Tescher

President and Chief Executive Officer, Financial Health Network

Jennifer Tescher is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Health Network, the nation’s authority on financial health. The Financial Health Network is a trusted resource for business leaders, policymakers, and innovators united in a mission to improve financial health for all. As an entrepreneur, innovator and forceful voice for change, Jennifer has focused her work and career on the idea that, by aligning consumer and provider success, business can be a force for good in the lives of consumers, communities and the economy.

Tescher founded what was then CFSI in 2004 to champion increased access to high-quality financial products and services for underserved consumers. Over two decades, she has cultivated a robust network of relationships to raise the profile of financial health, and today the Financial Health Network has built a Network of over 150 companies and organizations committed to financial health for their customers, employees and communities. Through its Financial Solutions Lab, the organization has invested in more than 40 fintech innovators who are developing solutions to critical financial health challenges. The organization’s deep consumer research and financial health measurement platform generate the data and insights that are driving practitioners and policymakers alike to build powerful financial health strategies, products and practices.

Jennifer is a recognized thought leader, with a regular column in Forbes and frequent interviews and articles in both the mainstream and financial press and major speaking engagements at a broad spectrum of industry and policy conferences. She participates as an advisory board member for several of the nation’s largest financial institutions, nonprofits and research organizations, and previously served terms on the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council and the Fannie Mae Affordable Housing Advisory Council. She currently serves on the board of Elevate Energy.

A native of Miami, Jennifer graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism with a combined BSJ and MSJ. She holds an MPP from the University of Chicago’s Harris School, where she gave the commencement address in 2016. She lives in Chicago with her husband, bestselling author Jonathan Eig, and their children, Lillian, Lola, and Jeffery.

Sessions and Workshops

Our 2021 Visionary Award: The Role of Leadership in Global FinHealth

Joined by our inaugural recipient Dan Schulman, President and CEO, PayPal, Jennifer Tescher, President and CEO, Financial Health Network, and the 2021 honoree, Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, the discussion will include opportunities to ask questions about the role of leadership in advancing the mission and vision of financial health on a global scale.


Who’s Leading Our FinHealth Future?

Systems, industries, organizations, and leaders are all rising to the challenge and opportunity to make financial health the lens through which we emerge from the pandemic better than before. Financial health must be more than a program or a promise if we are to meet the moment we’re in. It must become a movement, and the movement needs leaders who are accountable to its outcomes.

21 Jun 2018

2018 Visionary Award

The Financial Health Visionary Award recognizes individuals who have shown unparalleled leadership in building a more accessible and inclusive financial system, and who seek to continue to inspire and encourage the next generation of leaders to innovate new solutions for the financially underserved. PayPal President and CEO Dan Schulman was the recipient of the inaugural award in 2018 for his commitment to transforming financial services to make life easier for billions of people around the world via the PayPal platform and network.

26 Jun 2020

The Future of Financial Health: The Role of Regulation

In this conversation with FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams and Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks we re-examine the role of regulation and explore what changes are needed to ensure Americans’ financial health is sufficiently supported by public policy.

25 Jun 2020

Fighting to Protect Older Americans’ Economic Security

Here we discuss with AARP Foundation’s Lisa Marsh Ryerson and JPMorgan Chase’s Alice Rodríguez the unique financial health challenges faced by older Americans and announce the release of a 6-part video series: Financial Lives After 50: Rethinking the Golden Years from the Financial Health Network and AARP Foundation in collaboration with JPMorgan Chase.


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