Kimberly Gartner is Senior Vice President, Advisory Services, at the Center for Financial Services Innovation. Combining her passion for the power of financial services with her ability to instill a bias for action at complex organizations, Ms. Gartner works with a broad spectrum of financial services providers to increase the quality and quantity of financial services options. Under her leadership, CFSI has launched a successful consulting business, created the go-to industry forums for scale financial services firms and innovative mid-tier institutions, and seeded innovation with a combination of programmatic support and nearly $4 million in grants to promising nonprofit organizations. Ms. Gartner joined CFSI through the Center’s acquisition of the Responsible Credit Partnership, a cross-industry effort she led for several years, leveraging her consulting background in business planning and product design for underbanked consumers.
Perhaps beginning as early as her becoming the youngest-ever member of the Decatur Stanolind Credit Union, Ms. Gartner has long believed that financial services can be a force for good. Ms. Gartner’s experience and advanced training in public policy and social services afford her clients an important perspective: the intersection of the financial services industry and policy with the day-to-day realities consumers face.
Ms. Gartner holds a Master of Public Policy degree and a Master of Social Work degree, both from the University of Minnesota. She received her Bachelor of Arts in sociology, with minors in mathematics and business, from Drake University.