About Us

Making money decisions can be simple and rewarding if you have the right information presented in the right way.

Who We Are

We’re personal finance geeks with decades of combined experience in writing and publishing information about how individuals should manage money and credit. What drives us is the conviction that consumers can make smart money decisions but don’t have the time to become a mini-expert in finance. So many sites publish generic information that skims the surface of a financial topic. We think there’s a better way.

Why We’re Here

When you’re trying to decide if it’s a good time to refinance your home loan or whether to pay down your student loans or credit cards first, what you really want is to make a sound decision, fast — and feel confident that it was the right choice.

Here’s what we offer: Explanations on money topics that go deep enough but don’t feel like reading a dry textbook. Step-by-step instructions and checklists. Calculators that actually tell you what’s going on with the numbers in plain English. Questions answered by industry experts. We want you to quickly figure out what’s best for your financial life, without muss or stress.

Our Team

  • lydia
    Lydia Poon EXECUTIVE EDITOR

    Lydia Poon has worked in online publishing and marketing since 2004. In the aftermath of the housing crisis, she led the editorial team for a portfolio of consumer financial services websites about mortgages, credit cards and personal saving. She holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Yale University.

  • Diana
    Diana Hembree SENIOR EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

    Diana is a multimedia journalist who has worked with outlets from the Washington Post and 60 Minutes to HealthDay and the Times of London syndicate. She was news editor of the Center for Investigative Reporting for eight years, a senior editor at Time, Inc. and editor in chief of Consumer Health Interactive, which reached 3 million readers in English and Spanish. She also worked as a business trends reporter for Blueshift Research and as associate producer for PBS Frontline’s “The Great American Bailout,” a documentary on the aftermath of the savings and loan debacle. She has won more than a dozen journalism awards for her reporting and editing.

  • Heidi
    Heidi M. Agustin Senior Editor

    Heidi has worked in online media since 2010, primarily in the education space where she’s written and edited hundreds of articles on financial aid and scholarships, online education, various degree programs and careers to help students through the entire student lifecycle and beyond. She holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and lives in San Francisco, where a firm understanding of personal finance is key knowledge for survival.

  • Grace Montgomery
    Grace Montgomery Senior Editor

    Grace has worked in online publishing since 2007, where she’s written and edited countless pieces of content. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and lives in Vancouver, WA with her husband and young son.

  • Crissinda Ponder
    Crissinda Ponder Editor

    Crissinda started her career in the personal finance niche shortly after graduating in 2012 with her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia. Prior to joining MoneyGeek, she covered insurance, housing and other consumer-facing issues as a reporter for Bankrate.com.

  • Gin-Garton
    Gin Garton COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

    Gin has worked in communications and online marketing since 2008. She has managed political campaigns, marketing departments and organized development funds for non-profit organizations. She earned a BS in Journalism from the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism at West Virginia University.

  • justin
    Justin Asdourian Data Analytics

    Justin earned his master’s degree in philosophy in 2013, while studying computer science through courses offered by Udacity and Coursera. Since then, he has worked in consulting and has automated several methods of analysis essential to the work of his teams and clients. Justin leverages ever-growing data sets to help visitors to MoneyGeek.com make financial decisions.

  • Greg
    Greg Hamlin DATA ANALYTICS

    Greg has a passion for data-driven decisions and has been working in the world of digital media since 2007. Prior to that he consulted for some of the world’s leading financial institutions, building tools to help consumers with their biggest financial decisions. He has a BS in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University.

  • Tanya
    Tanya Sachdeva SENIOR PRODUCT MANAGER

    Tanya earned dual degrees in Economics and Decision Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009. She has primarily worked in the consulting arena using her analytical abilities to provide data-driven solutions to clients. Leveraging her experience and large sets of data, Tanya develops tools to help MoneyGeek.com visitors make sound financial decisions.

Contributing Experts

  • Andy Smith Andy Smith, CFP®
    Financial Planning
    Senior Vice President of Financial Planning with Financial Engines Co-Host, Financial Engines’ Investing Sense

    Andy has worked as a financial advisor for over 15 years and has helped thousands of investors navigate a variety of markets to achieve their long-term financial and retirement goals. Through his years of on-the-ground interactions, he’s forged an understanding of what investors need and want – not just from their accounts but from their relationships with an advisor.

    Luckily, Andy’s advising doesn’t stop in the office. He’s spent nearly that same time on the local and national airwaves guiding listeners toward all of their investment and retirement goals – all while offering clear and actionable advice on everything from personal finance and investing to the economy.

    Andy considers himself on-call 24/7 and is excited to help you achieve your financial and retirement goals – and, quite possibly, learn something cool and have fun in the process.

    Read advice from Andy:
  • Beverly Harzog
    Credit Cards Credit Report
    Consumer Advocate & Award-Winning Author

    Beverly Harzog is a nationally recognized credit card expert, consumer advocate, and award-winning author. Her latest bestselling book, “The Debt Escape Plan: How to Free Yourself From Credit Card Balances, Boost Your Credit Score, and Live Debt-Free” (Career Press, 2015), won the American Society of Journalists and Authors 2016 Outstanding Nonfiction Book Award in the Self-Help category.

    Read advice from Beverly:
  • Bruce McClary Bruce McClary
    Credit Cards
    Vice President of Communications, National Foundation for Credit Counseling

    Bruce McClary is Vice President of Communications, National Foundation for Credit Counseling in Washington, D.C. He has nearly two decades of experience in the credit industry and has provided one-on-one credit counseling to thousands of consumers.

    Read advice from Bruce:
  • Carole Walker Carole Walker
    Insurance
    Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association

    Carole Walker has served as executive director of the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association (RMIIA) since 1998. RMIIA is a non-profit trade organization that represents insurance companies in the Rocky Mountain Region. Walker serves as an industry spokesperson and advocate in the four-state region of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. She also serves on the Colorado Teen Driving Alliance.

    Read advice from Carole:
  • J. Robert Hunter J. Robert Hunter
    Insurance
    Director of Insurance, Consumer Federation of America

    J. Robert Hunter is director of insurance for the Consumer Federation of America and the former insurance commissioner for Texas. He has run the National Flood Insurance Program under HUD, worked for private industry groups such as Atlantic Mutual, and won national awards for consumer service. Here he offers tips on how to comparison shop for car insurance.

    Read advice from Robert:
  • Lita Epstein
    Credit Report
    Author, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Improving Your Credit Score

    Lita Epstein has authored several business and personal finance books, including The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Improving Your Credit Score. She holds an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and has worked as a newspaper reporter and magazine editor.

    Read advice from Lita:
  • Melinda Opperman Melinda Opperman
    Credit Cards Mortgage
    Chief Relationship Officer, credit.org

    Melinda Opperman is chief relationship officer at credit.org, where she focuses on educating consumers about financial literacy. She is the co-editor of credit.org’s Consumer Guide to Good Credit.

    Read advice from Melinda:
  • Shannon McLay
    Financial Planning
    Founder, The Financial Gym

    Shannon McLay is a financial planner who left a traditional financial services firm to start her own company, The Financial Gym. She said that the key to long-term success is a commitment to financial fitness and making smart financial choices. She writes a blog, Financially Blonde, and puts together a podcast, Martinis and Your Money. She is the author of Train Your Way To Financial Fitness.

    Read advice from Carole:

Contributing Writers

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