FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellow Profiles
"I want to reach as many people as possible to educate them, help them save more, reduce debt and reach their financial goals."
Ever since she was a young girl, Andi Wrenn has been aware of the pitfalls of debt.
"My parents divorced when I was young, and I watched as both of them struggled financially. Watching my mother work two jobs to support us, I knew that was a life I didn't want to have," Andi said.
Andi's experience with her family motivated her to stay out of debt and understand the importance of credit. This financial discipline even allowed her to pay for a second home in cash.
Financial education has always been an important part of Andi's life. She holds a bachelor's degree in education with a minor in mathematics. In 1993, she started her own business, and she provided financial education to her employees during monthly meetings to help them stay financially stable.
More recently, Andi has put her education degree to work helping military families manage their finances. "After buying my home with cash, I started writing articles and working with others in the Air Force to help them become more financially stable," she said. Andi's husband, Chris, is a colonel in the United States Air Force.
Andi is always looking to do more. "I want to reach as many people as possible to educate them and help them save more, reduce debt and reach their financial goals," Andi said. She heard about the FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship Program through Air Force Crossroads and applied.
Through the program, Andi has expanded her knowledge of personal finance—deepening her expertise in the areas of debt reduction and building credit. The program and her work also have motivated her to continue to keep her own finances in order.
"Working with military families and seeing the struggles they have has made me even more determined to save, plan for retirement and pay cash for big purchases."
Since graduating from the program in 2008, Andi has been particularly active in the FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship community. She currently manages the FINRA Foundation Spouse Fellows Facebook and LinkedIn groups. Although she has been mentoring, networking and supervising FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellows for years, she is now working directly with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation to build a stronger network and provide Fellows with support as they go through the program and graduate.
"Through my interactions with the FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellows, I understand the difficulties and unique challenges many of them have had and look forward to helping them complete their goals through this program," Andi said.
Andi continues to stay very involved with financial education initiatives. She is a volunteer with the Association for Financial Counseling, Planning and Education® (AFCPE®), and also coordinates a financial education program for middle school youth in the state of Massachusetts through the Massachusetts Financial Education Collaborative, of which she is a member.
Andi is moving to Arlington, Virginia, in July 2012 from Boston, Massachusetts where her husband is completing a Ph.D. at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.