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Working closely with the Federal and State Government Affairs Departments, AFSA's Communications Department responds to and proactively works with news outlets seeking to cover the consumer credit industry. 

AFSA is pleased to assist the media with interviews, quotes, background information and story development regarding any of the business lines the association represents. Media inquiries can be directed to:

    Dan Bucherer 
Vice President, Communications     Manager, Communications
+1 (202) 776-7308      +1 (202) 466-8613

AFSA Education Foundation Executive Announces Retirement

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 15, 2017) - After 21 years with the American Financial Services Association Education Foundation (AFSAEF), president and CEO, Ms. Susie Irvine, has announced her retirement effective August 31, 2016. Ms. Irvine has been instrumental in establishing the fine reputation of the foundation and increasing the professionalism of its many offerings. Financial literacy has been her passion for many years, and she has worked tirelessly in that arena.

Over the years, Ms. Irvine has received many awards, including the prestigious Odom Award presented to her by the Jump$tart Coalition® in 2005—for “visionary” leadership. It is MoneySKILL®, though, that has been her pride and joy, and she has worked to establish it as the premier online personal finance curriculum in the nation. The program is a comprehensive personal finance curriculum, covering concepts in the areas of income, expenses, assets, liabilities and risk management. She has also ensured that the online curriculum adapt and improve to meet the developing needs of teachers and ultimately—students.

Since inception, MoneySKILL® has reached more than 700,000 students in all 50 states.

She’s also honed the ongoing management development classes for AFSA member companies that have evolved over the years into The EDGE and the AFSA/UNC Leadership Development Program. Susie assisted in the transition of THE EDGE program to Mercer University where it has grown to record attendance - 122 students from 19 member companies in 2016. Ms. Irvine also spearheaded the Foundation’s highly successful endowment campaign raising almost $7 million and ensuring the future of its financial literacy program.

Based in Washington, D.C., AFSAEF’s ( mission is to help consumers realize the benefits of responsible money management, understand the credit process and seek help if credit problems occur. It is affiliated with the American Financial Services Association (, the national trade association for the consumer credit industry, protecting access to credit and consumer choice.