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Minnesota Financial Literacy Interagency Work Group


Background 

Commissioner Mike Rothman convened a first of its kind Minnesota Financial Literacy Interagency Work Group on January 30, 2012, bringing together ten state agencies that have existing programs, outreach efforts, or policy interests in financial literacy.

The Work Group stemmed from the recommendations developed out of the inaugural Financial Literacy Roundtable held at the Department of Commerce in April 2011. Stakeholders from over 60 organizations representing the non-profit, business, education, government, and banking sectors gathered to advise Commissioner Rothman on what the Department of Commerce could do to support ongoing efforts to advance the cause of financial literacy in Minnesota. Among the recommendations, roundtable participants urged the administration to collaborate more effectively across agencies to pool resources, talent, and ideas on financial literacy efforts affecting Minnesotans from Kindergarten to retirement.

The Minnesota Financial Literacy Interagency Work Group is focused on the following goals:

  1. Increasing communication and collaboration across the administration in order to improve and expand existing financial literacy programs

  2. Identifying new ways an administration-wide partnership may help ensure Minnesotans from Kindergarten to retirement have the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to achieve financial security

During Financial Literacy Month, the Minnesota Financial Literacy Interagency Work Group sponsors and organizes outreach and education events. Collaboratively, the Work Group also convenes an annual Financial Literacy Roundtable, including more than 200 stakeholders from non-profits, schools, local governments, private enterprises, and financial institutions. The focus of the Roundtable is to celebrate Minnesota's progress and partnerships on financial literacy, engage in constructive dialogue, and pursue new opportunities for program development and improvement.

Annual Roundtable Reports 

Participating Agencies 


Minnesota Department of Commerce
Commissioner Mike Rothman

Minnesota Department of Corrections
Commissioner Tom Roy

Minnesota Department of Education
Commissioner Brenda Cassellius

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben

Minnesota Office of Higher Education
Commissioner Larry Pogemiller 

Minnesota Department of Housing Finance
Commissioner Mary Tingerthal

Minnesota Department of Human Rights
Commissioner Kevin Lindsey

Minnesota Department of Military Affairs
Major General Nash  

Minnesota Department of Human Services
Commissioner Lucinda Jesson

Minnesota Department of Revenue
Commissioner Myron Frans

Staff Level Membership 


Minnesota Department of Commerce
 
Anne O’Connor, Director of Communications 
Julia Miller, Assistant Director of Communications

Minnesota Department of Corrections
Mark Groves, Facilities ReEntry Coordinator
George Kimball, Director of Adult Education and ABE Manager

Minnesota Department of Education
Jean Kyle, Business and Marketing Education Specialist

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Susan Tulashie, Employment and Training Program Specialist

Minnesota Office of Higher Education
Nancy Walters, Ph.D, Program Manager
Megan FitzGibbon, Manager of State Scholarship Programs

Minnesota Department of Housing Finance
Michael Haley, Assistant Commissioner of Single Family Division
Megan Ryan, Director of Communications

Minnesota Department of Human Services
Joelle Hoeft, Office of Economic Opportunity
Steve Vonderharr, Children’s Service Program Supervisor

Minnesota Department of Human Rights
Linda Shoemaker, Information Technology

Minnesota Department of Military Affairs
Don Kerr, Executive Director
Major Richard Brummond, Advocacy Coordinator    

Minnesota Department of Revenue
Terri Steenblock, Assistant Commissioner