Leigh Phillips

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Chief Executive Officer

Phone: (415) 503-9815
Email: leigh@earn.org

During ten years leading financial empowerment efforts from City Hall, Leigh built one of the most prominent and respected organizations in the field - the San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment – and played an instrumental role in the emergence of municipal government as a strong leader in national efforts to build a safe and inclusive financial system for all consumers.

Under Leigh’s leadership, the San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment spearheaded several “first in the nation” programs to reduce financial exclusion. Bank On San Francisco was the first municipally led effort to bank the unbanked and has since sparked a national movement in 100 communities across the country. Kindergarten to College created the first universal and automatic college savings program for public school children and has now opened more than 18,000 savings accounts. The work of the SF OFE has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Economist, Time Magazine, and The San Francisco Chronicle, and featured on NPR and CNN.

On the national level, Leigh was instrumental in the creation of the Cities for Financial Empowerment Coalition, which advocates for greater financial opportunity and protection for all Americans in cities across the United States.

Kindergarten to College was named a finalist in the Harvard “Innovations in American Government” Awards in June 2015. Leigh received the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award in 2008 and was named one of the Bay Area’s “Top Forty Under Forty” in 2013.

Leigh served as Chair of the Board of the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) for five years and on the Advisory Board of the start-up Level Money, which was recently acquired by Capital One.

Prior to working for the City and County of San Francisco, Leigh worked in development and fundraising at the University of California, San Francisco. Leigh is also the author of two lifestyle books published by San Francisco’s Chronicle Books. Leigh received both her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Social Sciences and a Masters of Economic and Social Sciences in Women’s Studies from the University of Manchester, in her native United Kingdom.