Judith N. Cohart recently served as Money Management Manager for the AARP Foundation, where she managed a nationwide program that helps low income older people more effectively handle their personal finances. She developed financial education materials for the Web and print and a financial planning CD-ROM as well as Hispanic financial education seminars. She served as AARP representative on the board of the National Association of Personal Finance Advisors and the Coalition for Consumer Debtor Education.
Previously Cohart worked as Executive Director of the National Coalition for Consumer Education, where she established a 50-state network of professionals from academic, business, government, and consumer organizations to promote consumer education. She provided technical assistance through conferences, newsletters, and educational materials, and she managed the organization’s budget and raised funds from major corporations, such as American Express.
She worked as School Services Manager for USA TODAY, where she developed a new approach, including materials and instructional presentations for teaching with a newspaper. This included customizing on-site training for employees in markets nationwide. Earlier Cohart worked as Director of Education/Training for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. She developed curriculum, newsletters, and other materials, and served as staff liaison to several federal government agencies, including the U.S. Congress, and to three Board of Trustees’ committees.
She taught 11th grade American History in public schools in New Haven, CT and Orangeburg, NY, and was principal of an alternative high school in Valley Forge, PA. In addition, she supervised student teachers from Swarthmore College and the University of Illinois. Cohart served as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman John J. LaFalce and provided policy analysis, research, and writing on a variety of issues.
Cohart has a B.A. in Government from Cornell University, an M.A. in Teaching/History from Yale University, and a J.D. from Catholic University. She is a Member of the District of Columbia Bar. Cohart was twice elected president of a national professional association, the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (1999 and 2006). On January 1, 2010 Cohart began her service as President of the Personal Finance Employee Education Foundation.