Brian Rakovitis, Manager of Financial Empowerment Initiatives
Brian Rakovitis, Director of Economic Inclusion
As the director of economic inclusion, Brian oversees the execution of CEDAM’s economic inclusion (EI) work which aims to create inclusive systems change that creates more pathways to lift people across the state out of poverty. His work includes coordinating the Children’s Savings Accounts (CSA) Network and Michigan Economic Impact Coalition (MEIC) as well as supporting Show Me The Money Day (SMTMD) and the Midwest Asset Building Conference. Brian provides technical assistance and coordinates advocacy efforts for members and partners seeking to implement these programs.
Before joining CEDAM in 2017, Brian served as an AmeriCorps member through CEDAM’s Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Corps at United Way of Washtenaw County. After his service in AmeriCorps, Brian stayed on at United Way as a financial empowerment specialist. There, he focused on economic mobility, managed their VITA tax program, and was a part of the mobile financial resource team that provided education, coaching, technical assistance, and training to nonprofits interested in taking on financial stability work.
Brian received his Bachelor of Arts in political science & anthropology and his Master of Public Administration from Eastern Michigan University.