Department of Financial Institutions: Governor Evers honors recipients of the 2021 Governor’s Award in Financial Literacy

MADISON, Wis. – Today Governor Tony Evers honored eight individuals and six organizations as recipients from Governor’s Award for Financial Literacy 2021 in a virtual ceremony. Recipients were honored for their efforts to help Wisconsin residents develop their financial literacy skills and capabilities.

“Financial education should build on and respond to people’s individual strengths, circumstances and needs to help them achieve their own unique goals,” Governor Evers said. “The dedication of these individuals and organizations to helping Wisconsinites become more financially secure and achieve their dreams is commendable and helps ensure the future success of not only individuals and families, but our entire state.”

The 2021 Governor’s Financial Literacy Awards honored winners in one of three categories, Individual, Organization or Legacy, for providing exceptional financial education and capacity building in an inclusive and innovative way. The Legacy Award is given to an organization, company or individual whose purpose and legacy is rooted in sustained efforts in literacy and financial capability. This lifetime recognition is intended to be conferred on recipients only once.

The 2021 Governor’s Awards for Financial Literacy recipients are:

Individual category:

  • Anthony V. Capozziello, Business Education Teacher, Beloit High School, Beloit
  • Marti Diaz, Financial Literacy Teacher Mentor, Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee
  • Alfredo J. Martin, Branch Manager, North Shore Bank, Brookfield
  • Keith P. Posley, Superintendent, Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee
  • Jamal J. Washington, Financial Coach, RiverWorks Community Development, Milwaukee

Organization Category:

  • Fort Community Credit Union, Fort Atkinson
  • Racine Financial Empowerment Center, Racine
  • Royal Credit Union, Corrections Financial Education Program, Eau Claire
  • UW Credit Union, Madison
  • Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds and Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions, Wisconsin Strong: Your Financial Security™ Program, Madison

Heritage Category:

  • Pam Anderson, Community Volunteer, Ringle
  • Sheila Siegel, Senior Stakeholder Relations Tax Consultant, US Internal Revenue Service, Milwaukee
  • Robert Wynn, President, Akamai LLC, Madison

The recipients were selected by the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy and Capability among the applications submitted for consideration. Criteria used to judge nominations included: innovative implementation of an effective literacy and financial capability program or program element over the past two years; focus on financial inclusion, demonstrated measurable results; collaboration with partners; and the scalability of the program design. Visit the Council Web page read a synopsis efforts of recipients.

The Council serves as a permanent sounding board for the Governor’s officethe Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI)and DFIs Financial Capability Office. The Council provides advice and strategies to measurably improve the financial literacy, capability and financial inclusion of Wisconsin residents. To learn more about the Council, visit the Council’s website Web page or contact Council Executive Director David Mancl at (608) 261-9540 or email [email protected].

Sarah J. Greer