Leigh Phillips is the CEO and President of EARN, the nation’s leading microsavings provider. EARN gives families the tools to achieve life-changing goals by helping establish a habit of savings and empowering families to save for their dreams. Since 2002, EARN has helped 6,000+ Savers save $6.8 million of their own money.
Prior to joining EARN in September 2015, Leigh was the Director of the San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment (SFOFE), playing an instrumental role in the emergence of municipal government as a strong leader in national efforts to build a safe and inclusive financial system for all consumers.
Under Leigh’s leadership, the SFOFE spearheaded several “first in the nation” programs to reduce financial exclusion, including Bank on San Francisco, the first municipally led effort to bank the unbanked, and Kindergarten to College, the first universal and automatic college savings program for public school children. On the national level, Leigh was instrumental in the creation of the Cities for Financial Empowerment Coalition.
Leigh received both her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Social Sciences and a Masters of Economic and Social Sciences in Women’s Studies from the University of Manchester, in her native United Kingdom.