University of Maryland Extension

2016 Speakers

2016 Conference

Speaker Biographies


Gerri Detweiler has more than twenty years of experience guiding individuals through the confusing world of credit, and had earned a reputation as a reliable and independent resource on personal and small business credit. She currently serves as head of market education for Nav, which provides business owners with simple tools to build strong business credit. Her articles have been widely syndicated, and she writes a column for She is also the coauthor of Finance Your Own Business: Get on the Financing Fast Track.


Brian Gilmore is a Senior Innovation Manager at Doorways to Dreams (D2D) Fund, a Boston based nonprofit that strengthens the financial opportunity and security of financially vulnerable consumers. At D2D, Brian manages a team dedicated to expanding the reach of successful pilots and identifying pathways to drive innovations to scale. Brian and his team lead D2D’s national policy efforts through the passage of state and federal legislation to remove barriers and create opportunities. Brian and his team consult to and partner with government, financial, private and nonprofit organization to launch products and ensure D2D’s innovations are impacting millions of consumers. Brian has spent ten years at innovative nonprofits tackling a variety of social issues including youth education, environmental restoration, access to public benefits, and consumer financial challenges. He has Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Drexel University.



Sarah Newcomb is a behavioral economist at Morningstar, Inc. where she works to integrate behavioral science into financial management applications. Ms. Newcomb holds a Ph.D. in Behavioral Economics, a Master's degree in Financial Economics, and a Master's Certification in Personal Financial Planning. Through speaking, writing, and product development, she aims to translate the findings from scholarly research into practical and useful tools for everyone. She lives with her daughter in Washington, DC.



Tom Manganello is a senior counsel in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA).  In that role, Tom researches and drafts investor alerts and bulletins for OIEA’s Office of Chief Counsel and helps manage investor education content on the SEC’s website for retail investors,  Tom also assists with outreach to retail investors, including presentations on investor education and financial capability to millennials, active-duty military, seniors, students, and other audiences, and he regularly contributes to OIEA’s social media outreach on Twitter and Facebook.  Prior to joining OIEA, Tom spent ten years in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, where he investigated violations of the federal securities laws, including insider trading, Ponzi and pyramid schemes, accounting and broker fraud, and unregistered offerings.  Tom is a 4-time winner of the Division of Enforcement’s “Director’s Award.”  He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and earned a BS in journalism from Ohio University.



Louisa M. Quittman is the Director of the Office of Financial Education of the US Department of the Treasury, in the Office of Consumer Policy.  She is responsible for policy development and coordination related to promoting the financial decision making of Americans.  She coordinates the interagency Financial Literacy and Education Commission and the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans.  She also oversees research related to financial education, financial access, consumer lending and related topics.  Previously, Ms. Quittman served as the Director of Community Programs for the Department of the Treasury; in this role she focused on financial access in traditionally underserved communities.  Ms. Quittman was Program Manager at the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, and served a total of nearly nine years in various positions at the CDFI Fund.  



Jason Young has spent the last decade working at the intersection of technology, education and economic empowerment. Jason is the Co-founder and CEO of MindBlown Labs, an ed-tech startup that creates highly-engaging mobile games to empower teens and young adults with financial capability skills. Jason is a leading innovator having received national recognition for his work on several occasions. Recently, he was appointed by the President to a special Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans. Jason is also Co-Founder of The Hidden Genius Project, a non-profit that trains underserved youth in technology creation, entrepreneurship and leadership. Prior to founding these organizations, he was part of the founding team of He also worked at Merrill Lynch as a senior specialist. Jason graduated  from Harvard University with an A.B. in Economics. 


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