Darren Easton

Senior Director

Darren is a Senior Director on the Program team, responsible for relationships with some of the world’s largest and most innovative companies and organizations. Darren partners with member organizations to identify winning strategies and operationalize consumer financial health, advising on new products, services, and experiences. Previously, Darren oversaw team members’ engagement with network partners and advised member organizations on strategies to improve people’s financial health through innovative new products, services, and experiences.

Prior to joining the Financial Health Network, Darren spent four years as the policy advisor for the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, advising the executive director and governor on state economic and housing issues, developing new financial products and services, and facilitating communications between business, investors, lenders, and state government. At the height of the Great Recession, he served as the State of Wisconsin’s Director of Statewide Competitive Recovery Operations where he oversaw private sector and local government applications for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.

A native of Oxford, Ohio, Darren holds a B.A. in History and a minor in Black World Studies from Miami University and a Masters of Public Policy Degree from the University of Michigan. He also served as a Teach For America corps member in rural Louisiana. He currently lives in Oak Park, Illinois with his wife, Meghan, and their three children. When he’s not hanging out with them, he can be found playing pick-up soccer or listening to podcasts while loading the dishwasher. He also coaches Scaling Social Innovation at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and U10 soccer with equal intensity.