Oregon State Credit Union today announced the promotion of Audrey Bailey to director of community education. In her new position, she is responsible for bringing financial education to students and adults in communities throughout Oregon.
Audrey will be a key player in efforts to deliver timely, relevant financial education to the community, said Peter Walker, vice-president of organizational development. “Financial health is critical to broader health and well-being, and Audrey will be a passionate champion for financial inclusion and empowerment throughout our field of membership.”
Bailey joined the credit union in June 2021 as a financial services consultant. Previous to that she worked as a trainer for Portland State University’s Intensive English Language Program, and then as an ESL (English as a Second Language) instructor for Oregon State University in Corvallis.
Bailey describes her role as more than just teaching specific information and practical steps. “Learners bring a wealth of life experience and personal concerns with them to the classroom, and that needs to be honored. My role is to ensure they feel the content I’m providing is relevant to their concerns.”
One of Bailey’s goals is to reinforce the credit union’s existing relationships with community partners and educators, Walker said. “As we move beyond many of the pandemic restrictions we have seen in recent years, Audrey will take the lead in finding new ways to support them and expand our reach.”
Bailey added, “I also see a need for more personal finance education for parents and caregivers who want to teach their kids about finances, but aren’t sure how to start. I feel so fortunate to work for an organization that truly lives its value of ‘education’ by ensuring the Community Education Director position exists.”
Bailey holds a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and a master’s degree from Portland State University.
Oregon State Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit credit union. Membership is open to anyone who lives or works in one of 24 western and central Oregon counties. Additional information about Oregon State Credit Union is available at oregonstatecu.com.
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