Tishaura Jones

Treasurer

St. Louis, MO

Tishaura Jones was elected as Treasurer for the City of St. Louis in 2012. She previously served for two terms in the  Missouri House of Representatives, where she became the first African American ever to serve as assistant minority leader in Missouri history.  A passionate advocate for education reform, Tishaura recently introduced a plan to help the most effective charter schools expand throughout her entire state, so that every parent can provide the same opportunity for their children as she can.  Her plan would also increase the Missouri’s ability to hold charter schools accountable for their results while allowing them the flexibility to focus on serving the job needs of different areas, be it on science, agriculture, or drop-out recovery.

Currently, Tishaura is the Vice President of Public Finance at a minority-owned investment banking and financial services company, as well as an active volunteer with her Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Pro-Growth Progressive Ideas Shared

Problem

In our modern economy, a college degree is still the primary way that children can become self-sufficient and contributing adults. Unfortunately for many students -- especially in low-income areas -- lack of sufficient savings for college has been a barrier to higher educational attainment, limiting opportunities for future economic success.

Solution

Treasurer Jones is proposing to provide each child entering Kindergarten in a public school in St. Louis a seed account with $50, which they would have the chance to build upon via financial incentives for good grades, perfect attendance, and family participation in a financial wellness program. Studies show that kids with savings accounts are more likely to enroll in and graduate from college, and therefore become meaningful contributors to the economy. Children's Savings Accounts (CSAs) also have the capacity to change an entire family's mental, emotional, and economic health with spillover effects changing the family's spending and saving patterns.


Problem

Employees often do not have time or access to resources where they can learn important information related to their financial health. Better saving habits and financial literacy help citizens become more self-sufficient and has positive effects on the community through economic growth and higher educational attainment.

Solution

St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones has initiated a Financial Wellness program for city employees by partnering with different financial institutions who deliver monthly financial workshops over lunch. Financial institutions are able to reach a broader audience and they can report their trainings as charitable activities. And employees get the information they need to improve their financial management and saving habits.


Problem

Employees often do not have time or access to resources where they can learn important information related to their financial health. Better saving habits and financial literacy help citizens become more self-sufficient and has positive effects on the community through economic growth and higher educational attainment.

Solution

St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones has initiated a Financial Wellness program for city employees by partnering with different financial institutions who deliver monthly financial workshops over lunch. Financial institutions are able to reach a broader audience and they can report their trainings as charitable activities. And employees get the information they need to improve their financial management and saving habits.