Friend and colleague Ms. Melissa Koide was recently appointed as the new deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, covering financial access, financial education and consumer protection issues. She will also serve as executive director for the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability.

Melissa Koide was the former Policy Director for the Center for Financial Services Innovation. In this position, Ms. Koide led CFSI's policy efforts to provide national leadership on financial services policies affecting lower income, underbanked consumers. Prior to joining CFSI, Melissa was the Deputy Director of the Asset Building Program at the New America Foundation, where she led its financial services policy to expand wealth-building financial services, improve financial education, and help Americans to better manage their debt. She also has served as Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Development Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department. Melissa holds a MPP from Georgetown University and a BA in Economics from the University of Louisville.

I believe that Melissa will do a great job in this post, and I plan to provide her with every encouragement available through me and my offices at Operation HOPE, and otherwise.  

I am proud to serve at the pleasure of President Obama, as a Member of the Council and chairman of the Subcommittee on the Underserved and Community Empowerment.  Melissa Koide will serve as executive director of the Council.  

Business leader John Rogers is the chairman of the full Council, and Amy Rosen serves as vice chair of the full Council.

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John Hope Bryant is a thought leader, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass) the only African-American bestselling business author in America, and is chairman of the Subcommittee for the Under-Served and Community Empowerment for the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, for President Barack Obama.  Mr. Bryant is the co-founder of the Gallup-HOPE Index, the only national research poll on youth financial dignity and youth economic energy in the U.S. He is also a co-founder of Global Dignity with HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland. Global Dignity is affiliated with the Forum of Young Global Leaders and the World Economic Forum. 

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