October 26-29, 2014: Brian Ross, OST's Director of Financial Education, will be attending the National Congress of American Indians 71st Annual Convention Ensuring the Financial Capability of the Next Generation summit on Sunday, October 26, in Atlanta, Ga. He will travel to Washington, D.C., to participate as a panelist at the Federal Trade Commission's Fraud Affects Every Community Workshop on October 29, 2014. Ross will be part of Panel 3: Getting More Specific: Community Case Studies on Fraud, at 11:00 a.m.
OST's Financial Education platform incorporates a life cycle approach for youth, adults, and elders. The training includes experiential learning formats for the very young, which research suggests is a time when they are most receptive to adopting good financial habits. Education and skills training continue through post-secondary education, the first time home purchase experience, budgeting, retirement savings, and estate planning.
October 14, 2014: OST is consolidating its financial education platform under a Director of Financial Education. This important initiative is being led by Brian Ross, who formerly served as OST's Fiduciary Trust Officer for the Osage Agency. Immediately prior to taking the Director position, he was the Acting Chief of Staff for Special Trustee Vincent G. Logan.
Ross has been active in promoting financial education for many years. Before his public service with OST, he owned a financial planning practice for almost ten years in Northeast Oklahoma and was a well-known financial educator in the community. He currently serves as an Advisory Board member for a Native Community Development Financial Institution (CDFIs) and is an Advisory Council member for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's Alliance for Economic Inclusion program. A Cherokee who grew up in Stilwell, Oklahoma, Brian earned an undergraduate degree in political science with an emphasis in public administration from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.