The event also featured a panel on student debt and its impact on for-profit college students, featuring Katie Buitrago of Woodstock Institute, Rohit Chopra of CFPB, Samuel Levine of the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Eve Rips of Young Invincibles, and Hannah Moore, a graduate of the for-profit Harrington College of Design. Ms. Moore shared her experiences with accumulating and paying down high levels of student debt.
Amy Rynell, Senior Director of Research & Policy at Heartland Alliance, accepted Woodstock Institute’s Community Investment Award, stating:
"Without access to easy, convenient tools to build retirement savings more people will experience a reduced quality of life in retirement, putting many at risk of poverty – straining families, communities and the state. Secure Choice will provide many of these workers with the opportunity to save and have a more stable future."
At Woodstock Institute’s 2015 Community Investment Awards, we will present Heartland Alliance with a Community Investment Award for their work to advance retirement security. Heartland Alliance is one of the leading anti-poverty organizations, with 125 years of service. Heartland Alliance works with both policymakers and communities to ensure action is taken to curb poverty.