Anna Flores Named Executive Director of CARE Program to Expand Youth Financial Literacy Efforts
Alexandria, Va. — The American Bankruptcy Institute is pleased to announce Anna Flores as the new Executive Director of the Credit Abuse Resistance Education Program (CARE). With over 25 years of experience in financial literacy, community engagement and consumer advocacy, Flores will enhance CARE’s mission and initiatives to educate high school and college students on the responsible use of credit and other fundamentals of financial literacy. The CARE program, founded in 2002 by now-retired Bankruptcy Judge John C. Ninfo II (W.D.N.Y), currently has a presence in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Flores will start in her new role on July 13.
“We are delighted that Anna will be heading up CARE,” said ABI Executive Director Samuel J. Gerdano. “She’s an experienced leader in the financial literacy space with an extensive network of contacts in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Anna is the perfect fit to take CARE to new heights.”
Prior to joining the CARE program, Flores was the executive director of the Veterans Assistance for Learning, Opportunity and Readiness (VALOR), where she provided consulting services including strategic planning, fundraising, brand awareness and partnership development for the organization, which worked to ensure financial independence for America’s veterans and service members. She also was the vice president of consumer and community affairs for American Express for 15 years, where she established long-term relationships with consumer advocacy organizations, community-based organizations, government agencies and industry representatives. She also served as Director, Office of Consumer Affairs for the District of Columbia Public Services Commission and as Executive Director of the National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators. Flores received her B.A. in communication from Canisius College in 1984.
She was selected after a nationwide search by Koya Leadership Partners, an executive recruiting firm. Selection committee members from the CARE program board included Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Dow (W.D.Mo.), Allen Guon of Shaw Fishman (Chicago), Ted King of Frost Brown Todd (Louisville, Ky.) and Lynn Tavenner of Tavenner & Beran, PLC (Richmond, Va.).
The CARE program is administered by the American Bankruptcy Institute, which is a national partner of the Jump$tart Coalition. For more information on CARE, please visit www.care4yourfuture.org.
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