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Carl Rist

Senior Director, Children's Savings and Senior Adviser, Asset Building

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Carl Rist is the Senior Director of the Children's Savings team at Prosperity Now, which oversees the 1:1 Fund.

He is the co-author of numerous publications about children’s saving, including Hope in Concrete Form: Children’s Savings Accounts and the Save and Invest Economy, From Piggy Banks to Prosperity: A Guide to Implementing Children's Development Accounts, and Children's Savings Accounts: A State Policy Sourcebook.

Prior to his work on children’s savings, Mr. Rist was responsible for Prosperity Now's efforts to support state-level policy and coalition-building initiatives designed to expand Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) and other asset-building programs. He led the development and design of the initial version of Prosperity Now's Assets & Opportunity Scorecard(then known as the State Asset Development Report Card), a comprehensive tool that examines wealth, poverty and the financial security across the 50 states using performance and policy measures. Mr. Rist's experience at the state level includes working with state task forces in both Delaware and Pennsylvania to develop recommendations for helping citizens, especially those of low-incomes, to build and protect assets. Mr. Rist also has served in an advisory capacity for a number of state-level IDA coalitions, including the North Carolina IDA and Asset-Building Collaborative, the Michigan IDA Partnership, the South Carolina IDA Collaborative and the Mid South IDA Initiative (Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi).

Mr. Rist earned an M.A. in public policy in 1991 from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. He also holds an undergraduate degree from Davidson College.


Reinventing Children's Savings Accounts to Address the Racial Wealth Divide

Better Together: Policies that Link CSAs with Access Initiatives to Pave the Way for College

Hope in a Concrete Form: Children’s Savings Accounts and the Save and Invest Economy