Chloe B. McKenzie’s work is at the intersection of education, finance, social justice and the visual and performing arts. She has become one of the leaders in wealth justice and financial education, namely through her organization BlackFem, a nonprofit with the mission to transform school-based learning so that Black girls and girls of color have the skills, habits and resources to build and sustain wealth. Chloe came from an affluent household in Prince George’s County Maryland. Her story is one of expensive schools, skipping grades, Wall Street opportunities, bonuses and benefits. Her story is also a story of childhood abuse, burnout and illness. As a financial trauma researcher, her companies BlackFem and Equiddie, her Amazon bestselling book entitled The Activist Investor, and most recently her research on financial trauma and shame are her epiphanies about how to close the wealth gap and build healthier relationships with money.
Chloe has a B.A. from Amherst College in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought and a Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning and Services from Boston University. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and is a certified teacher with Graduate Certificates in General Education and Special Education. She also holds certifications in investment advising, financial advising and has been trained in financial therapy. Chloe’s research about financial trauma, abuse and shame has been used by major academic and financial institutions.
Chloe’s hope: That our work will compel people and institutions to embody our work in order to name financial trauma and abuse when we see it and transform the systems that intentionally or unintentionally cause financial trauma.