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Carl Rist

Senior Director, Children's Savings and Senior Adviser, Asset Building

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Carl Rist is the Senior Director of the Children's Savings team at CFED, which oversees the 1:1 Fund.

He is the co-author of numerous publications about children’s saving, including Hope in Concrete Form: Children’s Savings Accounts and the Save and Invest Economy, From Piggy Banks to Prosperity: A Guide to Implementing Children's Development Accounts, and Children's Savings Accounts: A State Policy Sourcebook.

Prior to his work on children’s savings, Mr. Rist was responsible for CFED's efforts to support state-level policy and coalition-building initiatives designed to expand Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) and other asset-building programs. He led the development and design of the initial version of CFED's Assets & Opportunity Scorecard(then known as the State Asset Development Report Card), a comprehensive tool that examines wealth, poverty and the financial security across the 50 states using performance and policy measures. Mr. Rist's experience at the state level includes working with state task forces in both Delaware and Pennsylvania to develop recommendations for helping citizens, especially those of low-incomes, to build and protect assets. Mr. Rist also has served in an advisory capacity for a number of state-level IDA coalitions, including the North Carolina IDA and Asset-Building Collaborative, the Michigan IDA Partnership, the South Carolina IDA Collaborative and the Mid South IDA Initiative (Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi).

Mr. Rist earned an M.A. in public policy in 1991 from the Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University. He also holds an undergraduate degree from Davidson College.

Publications

Hope in a Concrete Form: Children’s Savings Accounts and the Save and Invest Economy

Improving Your Business Climate: A Guide to Smarter Public Investments in Economic Development

Recent Blog Posts

Why I’m Proud to Lead the 1:1 Fund – A Tale of Two Grandfathers (April 30, 2013)

Education is One Way to Narrow the Racial Wealth Gap (March 22, 2013)

New Data on Student Debt Highlights Need for College Saving (February 15, 2013)