In August 2000, Utah was one of the top five states for bankruptcy and debt. Combined with a surge in home equity and credit card debt, many personal finance experts were concerned about the future economic prosperity of Utah's children.
In response to the increasing fragility of family budgets,local teachers, personal finance experts and community advocates established the Utah Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy (UJ$C), a statewide, 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping youth understand financial concepts and decision making or financial literacy.
The mission of the UJ$C is as relevant as ever. Our work to improve the personal financial literacy of kindergarten through college-age youth is essential to our communities and national economy.
· Our work with the Utah State Legislature helped to establish the General Financial Literacy Course, a semester long personal finance class that is required for every graduating high school senior.
· Our annual $tart $mart Teacher Summit, is Utah’s go-to professional development training for Utah teachers working to integrate financial concepts into core curriculum.
· Our partnership with the Utah State Office of Education helped to launch Utah's Finance in the Classroom website, financeintheclassroom.org, which includes lesson plans, videos, games and more. This website receives over 800,000 hits per year.
· Our collaboration with the Utah Stock Market Game provides hundreds of students each year with the chance to connect to the global economy and learn about investing.
Yet, this is just the beginning. There is much more to do. The Utah Jump$tart Coalition continues to work to improve financial literacy and promote financial literacy resources in Utah schools, communities and homes.
Board of Directors
Patsy Halladay, Co-President
Utah Communications Authority
Susan Speirs, Co-President
Utah Association of CPAs
Michelle Riddle, Treasurer
Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority
Ann House, University of Utah Personal Money Management Center
Don Milne, Zions Bank
Jared Gleue, Wells Fargo
John Garrigues, Wells Fargo
Katherine Fife, Philanthropy Matters
Lindsay Scott, Utah Bankers Association
Marilyn Albertson, USU Salt Lake County Extension
Melissa Veltri, America First Credit Union
Travis Cook, Utah State Office of Education
Director, Operations & Development
Anna began working with the Utah Jump$tart Coalition in 2007. Anna has over 25 years of nonprofit experience and passion for financial literacy education.
UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
B.S., Communications, 2002
UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
Nonprofit Academy of Excellence
Leadership & Management Certificate, 2013
Activities & Affiliations
• Utah Nonprofits Association