Founder’s Note: Michelle Greene is a friend to me and to Operation HOPE, as well as to under-served communities everywhere. She is also one of the smartest and most serious people I know, when it comes to issues of financial literacy empowerment for our nation. I first met her in her role at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, working for the President, and we had a straight and honest relationship from the very first conversation. Today Michelle Greene is Vice President, Head of Corporate Responsibility for NYSE Euronext, and Executive Director of NYSE Foundation.

Michelle Greene is Vice President and Head of Corporate Responsibility for NYSE Euronext, overseeing the company’s global corporate responsibility efforts. She is responsible for NYSE Euronext’s internal corporate responsibility policies and initiatives, and for developing programs to leverage and enhance efforts of NYSE Euronext listed companies, promoting collaboration and cooperation on issues of common interest. In addition, she is the Executive Director and a member of the Board of the NYSE Euronext Foundation, which focuses its philanthropy on financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and economic opportunity.

Until July 2010, Ms. Greene served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Education and Financial Access at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she advised senior Treasury and Administration officials on policy and legislation involving all aspects of financial access and financial education and helped drive the development of major new policy initiatives in this area. She also served as Executive Director of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy and as a member of the White House Council on Women and Girls. She began her service in the Obama Administration as a Senior Advisor in Domestic Finance focused on the financial crisis. Her previous work at the U.S. Department of the Treasury included serving as Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Financial Markets from 1998 through 2001.

Ms. Greene’s professional experience includes working as a consultant for McKinsey & Co., Inc. and Blaqwell, Inc. and serving as the Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She began her career practicing corporate law in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Greene serves on the Boards of Directors of Junior Achievement, NY, a non-profit that connects volunteers with students in grades K—12 to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy; the Corporation for Enterprise Development, a national nonprofit based in Washington, DC dedicated to expanding economic opportunity for low-income families and communities; and the Better Business Bureau of New York. She also serves on the Board of Governors of the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association. Ms. Greene received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her A.B. from Dartmouth College.

John Hope Bryant is a thought leader, the founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc., author of Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business book LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), and a Member of the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability.

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