It is my distinct honor to welcome Karen Biddle Andres to the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program as Director of Policy and Market Solutions and Project Director of the Retirement Savings Initiative. Karen was most recently Senior Vice President and head of the long-term savings and retirement practice at Financial Health Network (formerly CFSI), where she spent over ten years. She is a passionate advocate of consumer financial health and a leader in consumer-first financial innovation.
In her new role, Karen will lead Aspen FSP’s efforts to accelerate innovative market and policy solutions that can improve the short- and long-term financial security of American households. She will join our leadership team as a champion and a steward of the growing community of public and private sector leaders working with Aspen FSP to explore how the rapidly evolving financial system and public policies can work together to improve the financial security and financial well-being of all Americans. As a key part of this work, she will continue to shape the design and direction of the Aspen Leadership Forum on Retirement Savings.
Our work at Aspen FSP advances issues critical to Americans’ financial health. Having Karen join us as a key member of our leadership team will help us continue to spark change at a time when the financial lives of tens of millions of Americans are stubbornly precarious despite a strong economy.
It’s a big agenda. And as we welcome Karen to the team, we also invite others to join us in prioritizing and strengthening household financial security. Progress will require new thinking, new leaders, and new forms of collaboration. Working together it is possible to create a more financially inclusive economy with reduced wealth inequality and more deeply shared prosperity.