Jennifer Tescher

President & CEO

Jennifer Tescher is the President & CEO for the Center for Financial Services Innovation, which aims to transform the financial services experience in America in order to better serve underbanked consumers and help them achieve prosperity. Towards that goal, CFSI develops and distributes real-world tested research and strategy, provides funding to promising companies, and facilitates cross-sector business collaboration.

Ms. Tescher founded CFSI in 2004 and has since achieved notable success in raising the profile of underbanked access and asset-building as an objective for the industry. She has become a nationally known expert on this topic, with a monthly column in American Banker, frequent interviews and articles in the financial press, and major speaking engagements at a broad spectrum of industry and policy convenings. Tescher launched the Annual Underbanked Financial Services Forum, produced in partnership with SourceMedia. As the nation's top thought leadership program, addressing high-quality products and services to meet the needs of underserved consumers, the Forum showcases innovators, executives, academics, government, and nonprofit leaders.

Recent Stories From this Author

Opening Keynote
February 10, 2015 Jennifer will kick-off the 10th annual EMERGE Forum with a vision for what it will take to improve consumer financial health...

Point/Counterpoint: The Future of Banking
February 10, 2015 In this new, high-energy closing to EMERGE, some of the conference’s biggest names and most opinionated thought leaders will...

Drumroll Please! 2015 Financial Solutions Lab Participants Unveiled
February 10, 2015 Live from the EMERGE stage! Don’t miss the unveiling of the 2015 class of companies selected to participate in the Financial...

EMERGE Closing Remarks
February 24, 2014

Welcome and Opening Keynote
February 24, 2014

Government Benefit Cards Can Open Doors to Banking System
March 5, 2013 Cards preloaded with unemployment insurance, child support, food stamps and other government benefits can be viewed as...

Fresh Horizons for an Emerging Market
February 4, 2013 Join Forum Chair Jennifer Tescher as she wraps up conference learnings and highlights marketplace trends for innovation.

Keynote: State of the Underbanked Marketplace
February 4, 2013

'Underbanked' Is an Increasingly Unhelpful Label
June 26, 2012 Also, it's OK just to make transactions easier and cheaper, even if consumers don't "graduate" to a bank account. And eight...

Chairperson’s Closing Remarks
May 23, 2012