Billy Hensley: President and CEO

DENVER—Billy J. Hensley has been named President and CEO of the National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®), the leading national foundation focused on improving the financial capability of all Americans.

For the past eight years, Hensley has been NEFE’s Senior Director of Education, overseeing grants and research activities including management of several consumer education programs, collegiate initiatives, and e-learning and web strategy. His primary research interests are financial education, teacher professional development and the facilitation of social change through philanthropy.

Prior to joining NEFE, Hensley was a Research Fellow in the College of Education at the University of Cincinnati. Previously, he served as Assistant Director for the Ohio College Access Network and Program Associate at the KnowledgeWorks Foundation. Through his work on college access issues, he helped increase the number of college access programs in Ohio by designing sustainability plans for programs in communities across the state. At KnowledgeWorks, he helped build a national policy model for career advancement via educational access for working adults.

Hensley received a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati and an M.A. and B.S. from Union College. He currently serves on the board of the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, where he chairs the education committee, and on the editorial board of the Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning.

He will assume his responsibilities as President and CEO of NEFE on July 9, 2018.
The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) is the leading private nonprofit national foundation dedicated to inspiring empowered financial decision making for individuals and families through every stage of life. NEFE provides financial education and practical information to people at all financial levels, including youth and adult financial education resources, training tools from the classroom to the workplace, and research and consumer surveys.