Jennifer Tescher

President and CEO
Financial Health Network

Jennifer Tescher is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Financial Health Network (formerly the Center for Financial Services Innovation), 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.

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