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A Book Talk with Frederick Wherry | Credit Where It’s Due: Rethinking Financial Citizenship


“Working hard and playing by the rules still casts aside millions. Credit Where It’s Due tells the inspiring story of the Mission Asset Fund’s pathway to belonging and financial citizenship. Inspired and well crafted, this book builds the case for making and illuminates how to make citizenship, immigrant integration, and democracy work for organizations, advocates, and anybody committed to building a better society.”

—THOMAS M. SHAPIRO, director and David R. Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy, Institute on Assets and Social Policy, The Heller School, Brandeis University

Aspen FSP was pleased to host a public lunchtime book talk with Hooks Book EventsA Wider Circle, and Leadership Greater Washington on Friday, May 3 at Noon.

An estimated 45 million adults in the US lack a credit score, reducing their ability to rent a home, find employment, or secure a mortgage or loan. 

On Friday, May 3, 2019, we hosted a moderated conversation with Frederick Wherry as he investigates the history of racial wealth inequality in the US and how institutions might acknowledge harmful credit practices and help people emerge from the financial shadows. In Credit Where It’s Due: Rethinking Financial Citizenship, Frederick Wherry, Kristin Seefeldt, and Anthony Alvarez evaluate an innovative model of credit-building and advocate for a new understanding of financial citizenship, or participation in a financial system that fosters social belonging, dignity, and respect. Signed copies are available for purchase at the event.

Frederick Wherry was joined by Latino Economic Development Center’s Evecutive Director Marla Bilonick and Aspen FSP Managing Director Joanna Smith-Ramani who brought the research insights into a local discussion of how we ensure our neighbors thrive in our financial system. An important part of supporting our community is making sure everyone has the tools they need to thrive.

Join the conversation with #CreditWhereItsDue




Event information
Fri May 3, 2019
11:30am - 1:30pm EDT
The Aspen Institute
2300 N St NW #700
Washington, DC 20037