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

November 30, 2015 How do we keep consumers front and center in the interplay between banks and fintech? We need both scale and the nimbleness to...

The New Big Ideas
November 29, 2015

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...

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...

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

Stop Whining, Start Self-Regulating
February 28, 2012 Consider the 2007 fiasco when JetBlue Airways left passengers stranded on the runway for 11 hours during an ice storm at JFK....

Chairperson's Welcoming Remarks
February 6, 2012

Why Do Prepaid Debit Cards Have Such a Bad Rap?
January 24, 2012 I naively thought that Suze Orman's new prepaid offering would help turn the tide of negativity. Instead, it has had the...

Direct Deposit and Rent Payments Are Areas Ripe for Tech Solutions
December 2, 2011 A small but growing number of innovators are recognizing the market opportunity that the average underserved customer...

The Underserved Are Not Who You Think They Are
October 25, 2011 Being financially underserved is less about demographics than about behavior, preferences and cash flow. The underserved tend...

Closing Remarks
February 13, 2011

Chairperson's Welcoming Remarks
February 13, 2011

Welcoming Remarks
February 13, 2011