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We’re really excited to introduce one of our latest team members, Nora Dowd Eisenhower, who will be serving as the head of the Office for Older Americans. We took a moment to chat with Nora – here’s a little bit about her story, and why she’s excited to be here:

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hi! I’m Nora. I’m originally from New York, but have lived in Philadelphia for twenty five years. My husband, Jim and I have loved living, working, and raising our family there. I started my career as a consumer lawyer and spent several years as the Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging.

Why did you decide to join the Bureau?

In a nutshell, it’s the combination of the people, the start-up environment, and the mission. I really like working with everyone here – I’m inspired every day because my colleagues are thought leaders in their worlds, and they’re all here at this moment in time, working towards a common goal.

What issues are you most excited to work on here?

I’m really interested in what I believe is a key issue for older Americans – aging and financial security. Around 10,000 people a day are turning 65 and will for the next 18 years. If we look at the key decisions that most people need to make during this time of life, we should be supporting people as they age with the best information, when they are ready to use it.

What do you see as the biggest challenge facing the community you serve?

The biggest challenge is figuring out what comes next for many older Americans as they turn 65. Some are retiring, some are re-entering the workforce, and others just want more flexibility and time to decide. We want to engage older Americans to think about their future and plot a course that will provide them, their families, and loved ones with later-life economic security.

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  • Connie Stone, CFP

    Nora, thank you for inviting my comments. I hope you enjoy your new position and look forward to getting acquainted.

    I am a Certified Financial Planner(registered) professional who specializes in working with seniors. Some retirees need coaching to prepare for various transitions in their health, homes, and finances before a crisis occurs. These aren’t “fun” things to plan for, so it’s understandable that most people tend to avoid them. Yet those who take the time to consider and document their preferences in various scenarios, tend to feel less worried and more secure in the aftermath. They can look forward to the benefits and adventure that the senior years provide, instead of focusing on the downside.

  • Luke B. Adams

    Perhaps you will help older Americans safely navigate their future by making sure marketers of (financial) services and products are clear and truthful so that “older Americans” understand fully what is being sold and what they are buying.

  • James

    Geez,. another person hired inside the beltway, but when we look at all the other regions, after more than two years of “organizing”, we read “no positions available” . When are you folks going to start hring the people who actually get out and make contact with the public instead of more managers, lawyers and other upper level staff? Who are all these people supervising if you haven’t hired the workers ?

    I was really excited when CPFB was authorized, but I am more ad more concerned that it is just another Washington based empire in the making.

    How about it, Director Cordray?

    • zelduh

      I applied for one of the (very few) jobs offered in the Western Region and just received notice that my job application “DIDN’T RATE HIGH ENOUGH TO BE REFERRED.”

      I am a lawyer, with a business degree. (I got my law degree while working as a corporate banker – in New York and in Los Angeles, so I know banks from the inside.) I wonder what one would need on their resume to “rate high enough to be referred.”

      Perhaps they are not really hiring people outside of the government. This is my belief, but I am going to keep trying. I SOOO want to work at CFPB.

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