Office of Financial Empowerment: Meet Our Staff
Erin Waddell: Social Service Policy and Advocacy Manager
Erin has been leading the Office of Financial Empowerment since 2018 where she has been prioritizing equitable, accessible, and inclusive opportunities for Louisville residents to obtain and maintain knowledge of the economic mainstream, improved financial well-being, and economic mobility.
Erin is currently the co-chair for Bank On Louisville, the Board Secretary for Louisville Asset Building Coalition, and is a Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP). With her experience and roles, she has a great understanding and belief in the capability and potential of all members within her community and is dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.
Ce Garrison: Policy and Advocacy Supervisor
Ce has a focus on economic mobility initiatives within the Louisville community. They also believe that increasing equitable access for under resourced community members is key to financial success. Ce works to connect all programs and partners throughout Louisville to create a holistic model for pursuing systemic economic justice.
Ce is currently the City Program Manager for the Louisville Financial Empowerment Center. They are also a certified financial counselor, financial social worker, economic mobility coach, and a Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP). With their experience, Ce is an active advocate for guaranteed income and informal economics as strength-based approaches to working with wealth limited populations.
Joi Boyd: Financial Coach
Joi has been working for Metro Government for over twenty years within the Office of Resilience and Community Services. She has been and continues to be dedicated to Financial Empowerment in Louisville. She has worked with various agencies by presenting financial information, tools, and resources that lead individuals to become financially empowered. She created "Finances 4 U", a program for families to learn about money management.
Joi is currently a Certified Financial Social Worker, Certified Credit Counselor, and sits on the Board of Directors at Center for Assessable Living. Joi has always been a champion at empowering people to be able to achieve their dreams from opening a bank account to saving to become a homeowner.
Joseph Cecil: Financial Empowerment Coordinator
Joseph has been a member of the Office of Financial Empowerment since 2013 when his career began with an internship as he was finishing his Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Louisville. He has also served the team as an AmeriCorps VISTA to the Bank On Louisville initiative. This led to the opportunity to participate full-time as the Financial Empowerment Coordinator, where he coordinates the Bank On Louisville initiative and the Community Financial Empowerment Certification Program.
Joseph’s service to the community is education focused as he is the main facilitator of education sessions for both programs. He assists residents in learning the basics about their own financial situations. He also works with frontline social service staff to provide the information, tools, and resources to better serve their clients and the financial issues they face. Joseph believes that knowledge helps to unlock everyone’s financial empowerment potential.
Shavonda Pasha: Financial Coach
Shavonda started her career at Louisville Metro Government in 2015 within the Office of Financial Empowerment. She is an Air Force Veteran who is focused on making her sessions and classes personalized for the clients she serves. Shavonda believes that financial empowerment is best achieved through honest conversation, where she continuously relates to her clients from her own personal experiences with financial growth.
Shavonda is a part of the National Association of Certified Credit Counselors. She recently developed monthly courses in budgeting and savings, where she has already connected with over 200 people since its launch (6 months ago). Shavonda is always actively advocating for and empowering her clients, while helping them reach their financial goals.