OnPoint’s Erin Moore Appointed to Oregon Treasurer’s Financial Education Advisory Team

When Oregon Treasurer Tobias Read decided to form an advisory team considering how to expand access to financial education for all Oregonians, one of the experts he turned to was Erin Moore, Education Program Manager at OnPoint Community Credit Union.

Moore has focused on community relations and financial education at OnPoint since 2007. She joins 13 others on the Financial Education Advisory Team, which will research options and make recommendations to Treasurer Read to improve financial literacy across the state. Advisory team members represent community organizations, credit counseling and financial planning groups, and diverse communities.

“Our community partners and State leaders understand that credit unions are prioritizing the well-being of our communities, as well as addressing the current and systemic challenges facing Oregonians. It’s integral to how we serve others,” Moore said. “There is great synergy between the Treasurer’s goal and the commitment credit unions have made to the community. We’ve worked hard to build trust and confidence in our industry, which is evident in this collaborative team.”

Moore says a key goal is to help identify how the state can increase the reach and impact of financial education for all Oregonians. She believes her 14 years of experience in the Credit Union Movement has prepared her well for this important advisory role.

“As I participate, I think about our members, employees, and the special way credit unions operate and connect with communities. The connections we cultivate will help us support Oregonians working toward financial prosperity and the Treasurer’s initiative.”

Credit unions have long prioritized providing financial education. According to the NWCUA Community Impact Report survey, Oregon credit unions directly provided financial education to 65,000 students and adults in 2019. While the pandemic did not allow for in-person financial education in 2020, credit unions quickly transitioned to provide online financial education resources.

“In many years of sharing credit unions’ accomplishments with the Oregon Legislature, we have highlighted their priority to improve the financial well-being of all consumers,” said Pamela Leavitt, the Northwest Credit Union Association’s Policy Advisor for Oregon State Advocacy. “The Credit Union Movement is grateful to Erin Moore for bringing an important voice to Treasurer Read’s advisory team.”

The advisory team has met virtually three times this year and is scheduled to meet twice more before determining whether to make recommendations to Read, or to continue its research.

“Financial literacy matters to all of us, and I want to thank credit unions for the work they do every day to improve financial wellness for their members and their communities,” Treasurer Read said. “Every Oregonian will benefit when more people are empowered and have the confidence to manage their money to achieve their goals. That’s why I am grateful that so many organizations, including community credit unions, are lending their voices and expertise to the Financial Education Advisory Team.”

Editor’s note: This session, the Oregon House of Representatives is considering HB3232, which would establish financial literacy as a requirement for a high school diploma. Pam Leavitt will keep NWCUA members informed about progress on this bill through Anthem and the Advocacy Blog.

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