Accredited Credit Counselor and author of Everyday Money for Everyday People (2014), Todd R. Christensen, MA, is Director of Education for the National Financial Education Center at Debt Reduction Services Inc, a nationwide nonprofit credit counseling agency. Todd develops educational programs and produces materials that teach personal financial skills and responsibilities, while also managing the company’s bankruptcy certificate counseling and education services. He facilitates hundreds of workshops annually to thousands of participants regarding the fundamentals of effective money management.
He currently serves as secretary of the board of directors for the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education for 2015, has served as president of the Idaho Jump$tart Coalition, has been the public member of the Council for Certification of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and volunteers on the program coordinating committees of several housing authorities.
Todd relishes speaking to large groups, such as the “Smart Women Smart Money” conference in Boise, Idaho (2012, 2013, 2015) and a general session of the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education in Jacksonville, FL in 2011, but he also enjoys counseling with individuals and couples regarding their goals, household budgets, credit reports, and debt elimination plans.
His published articles and booklets have addressed topics ranging from marriage and money to raising financially smart children, from recovering from bankruptcy to controlling holiday spending.
Todd also served in 2009 as a volunteer Spanish and French language interpreter at the Special Olympics 2009 World Winter Games in Boise, in 2008 as an evaluator of the Pre-Professional Certification Test for the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and has served frequently as a financial education awards judge for various conferences and associations. In 2007, he helped to draft the course standards for Idaho’s Mathematics of Personal Finance high school class. An eagle scout himself, he has also served in adult leadership positions in scouting, including most recently as a chartered organization representative from 2013 through 2016.
He thrives on speaking at conferences and meetings and facilitating classroom presentations at all levels. See http://bit.ly/emepvideo for speaker video.