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Financial Educator Joins Family Resiliency Team

We welcome Sarah Butler, who joins FD’s Family Resiliency Team as a Financial Educator in Dakota County. Sarah has been active in the field of financial education for over five years, focusing on low to moderate-income communities. She has experience in consumer credit counseling, financial coaching, foreclosure prevention, student loan rehabilitation, bankruptcy counseling education, asset building, and credit improvement. In addition to her work in financial education, she has extensive experience in community social service referrals.

Most recently, Sarah served as Lead Financial Coach for the EMERGE community development agency based in North Minneapolis. During her time at EMERGE, she created a program for community volunteers to lead financial education sessions, as well as coached over 200 clients in personal financial goals. EMERGE offers employment services, benefit screening, and financial education to youth, low income, and other MFIP (Minnesota Family Investment Program) clients in the Twin Cities area.

Sarah was born in San Diego, CA, but was raised near Hibbing. She graduated from Bemidji State University in 2001, with a bachelor’s degree in education. After college, she joined AmeriCorps VISTA, and served the community of South Minneapolis. In her free time, Sarah loves to volunteer for the animal rescue group Secondhand Hounds, take road trips, and spoil her two cats Lucy and Gigi.

It is with great excitement that Sarah accepted her new position with Extension, which gives her the opportunity to continue her work in financial literacy with local community members.

Trish Olson, Interim Associate Dean

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