Becky House has been named the 2019 NFCC Financial Educator of the Year. House joined NFCC member American Financial Solutions (AFS) in 2001 as a credit counselor and has advanced to leading financial education programs locally and nationally for AFS and its partners.
House has more than 24 years experience in training and education development in non-profit organizations. An expert on budgeting, credit and debt management, House is highly sought after to provide trainings and develop education courses for nonprofits and civic groups.
Using a person-centered education approach to protect and promote the client’s innate ability to learn from their experiences, House helps promote wholeness and integration in her clients by focusing on their personal growth. This personal growth helps develop financial behaviors that result in improved financial capability.
“Becky is the consummate educator whose drive and dedication go far beyond the call of duty,” said Cindy Seremek, President of AFS. “Her hands-on, all-in approach to teaching and affecting positive financial change in the community makes her a powerful force for good in our industry.”
House has presented classes in budgeting, credit and debt management for community agencies, private employers, local community colleges and universities such as the University of Washington Law School and Seattle Pacific University.
A recognized leader in the student loan industry, House helped work on the Student Loan Survival Guide, which covers everything from financial basics to options for student loan forgiveness for Washington State residents. She is the only non-attorney who provides student loan counseling for the Student Loan Workgroup, created by the Washington State Attorney General’s office.
House’s community outreach programs touch a wide variety of people including domestic abuse survivors, immigrants, homeless/at-risk youth and apprentices entering trade programs. She currently serves as the BankOn Chair, whose goal is to ensure that everyone has access to safe and affordable bank or credit union accounts.
House received her award at NFCC Connect, the annual gathering of the nation’s largest and longest-serving network of nonprofits dedicated to financial well-being. The awards were presented the evening of September 17 in Arlington, Virginia.
Photo: Left to right: Jessica WIlliams-Oestmann, Director of Operations AFS, Becky House, Education and Communiction Director AFS, Mike Croxson, Master of Ceremonies.
About American Financial Solutions:
Founded in 1999, American Financial Solutions is a division of North Seattle Community College Foundation. They have assisted over 450,000 people in paying off over $8 Billion in debt. Their mission is to help people to develop a plan to get out of debt, set financial goals, develop assets and improve their financial health for the future.
About the NFCC:
Founded in 1951, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) is the nation’s first and largest nonprofit dedicated to improving people’s financial well-being. With a national network of member offices serving 50 states and Puerto Rico, our NFCC Certified Credit Counselors are financial advocates, empowering millions of consumers to take charge of their finances through one-on-one financial reviews that address credit card debt, student loans, housing decisions and overall money management. Make one of the best financial decisions of your life. For expert guidance and advice, call 800.388.2227 or visit http://www.nfcc.org today.