Former State Rep. Jason Fields of Milwaukee was awarded the 2012 Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award by Governor Scott Walker in a ceremony at the State Capitol on March 1. Fields was one of 21 recipients of the award, which was given by the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy. Governor Walker saluted the recipients for “excelling in their efforts to improve the financial knowledge and well-being of the people of Wisconsin. They are making a difference in our schools, our workplaces, and our communities across the state.”
The Milwaukee Democrat, who served four terms in the Wisconsin Assembly, has been an active advocate for financial literacy in many different capacities in his career as a banker, stockbroker, financial advisor, portfolio manager and legislator. He co-authored legislation that would have required financial literacy education in all Wisconsin schools. He also volunteers for the Finance and Investment Challenge Bowl and serves on the Governor Council on Financial Literacy.
The recipients of the 2012 Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award were selected from 49 nominations submitted for consideration. The Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy was created by Executive Order #24 and held its inaugural meeting in April 2011. The mission of the council is to measurably improve the financial literacy of Wisconsin citizens. The Council is chaired by William E. Wilcox, MCE, President of CBM Credit Education Foundation Inc. of Madison. Co-vice chairs are Peter Bildsten, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI), and Ted Nickel, Commissioner of the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance. David Mancl, Director of DFI’s Office of Financial Literacy, is Executive Director of the Council.