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Financial Literacy Council

The North Carolina Financial Literacy Council (FLC) was established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2009. The FLC, housed within the North Carolina Department of Justice, is responsible for helping to deliver financial literacy education and increase financial literacy among North Carolinians. Those responsibilities include:

  1. Monitoring and assisting the Department of Public Instruction in coordinating the statewide delivery of financial education within the public school system
  2. Identifying programs designed to increase the financial literacy of North Carolinians outside of the public school system
  3. Working to expand access to financial education resources and programs in communities across in North Carolina


The FLC was established through NCGS § 114, Article 8.


The legislated duties of the FLC are:

  • Study and document current financial education programs in North Carolina and best practices across the country.
  • Coordinate activities related to financial education and asset building that occur within various government agencies, private enterprise, and the nonprofit sector to ensure dissemination of resources and information to households across the State.
  • Propose public and private policy, organizational changes, and systemic changes to ensure all North Carolinians have access to training about necessary financial skills and experience with financial services.
  • Consider and make recommendations specifically to address the following issues:
    • Current personal financial literacy programs in the public schools and how to integrate financial education in K-12 to ensure that young people are prepared for financial success.
    • Unique financial issues facing students in higher education and how to address those issues through the community colleges and public and private university systems.
    • Creation of and access to financial products that provide hands-on learning of financial skills.
  • Monitor the outcomes of financial education programs, focusing specifically on the following indicators: improved financial knowledge, improved financial behaviors, and increased access to and use of affordable financial services.
  • Use the talents, expertise, and resources within the State, especially those of the public schools, community colleges, and public and private university systems, as well as the bank and credit union industries, to further its mission.
  • Report annually to the General Assembly and the Governor on the performance of its prescribed duties and on the impact of the financial education activities conducted by State agencies.


Council members are appointed by Gov. Cooper. The current council membership is:

  1. Dewana Little: FLC Chair.  Self-Help Credit Union
  2. John Maron: North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State
  3. Louise Mack: Prosperity Unlimited Inc.
  4. Travis Rouse: M&F Bank
  5. George Sherrill: North Carolina Department of Commerce
  6. Lonnie Christopher: Office of the Commissioner of Banks
  7. James P. Norton: President, Cape Fear Community College
  8. Jennifer Haigwood: North Carolina Department of Labor
  9. Angela Ellison: United States Postal Inspection Service
  10. Drucilla B. Minifield: North Carolina Department of Revenue
  11. Andrew Culpeper: Culpepper Family Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
  12. Atkins “Trey” Michael III: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Career & Technical Education
  13. Muya Akinkuotu: Public Member
  14. Bobby L. Puryear: North Carolina State University
  15. Sonia Garrison: Self Help Credit Union
  16. Mary Buonfiglio: North Carolina Department of the State Treasurer
  17. Silvia Rincon: Latino Community Credit Union
  18. Hugh Harris: North Carolina Department of Justice, Public Protection Section

Upcoming Events

Below is a list of upcoming FLC meetings, which are held quarterly, and related community events:

Financial Literacy Council 4th Quarter Meeting

Friday, November 3, 2022 at 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Meeting access:

Additional Resources

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

North Carolina Office of the State Treasurer

North Carolina Department of Commerce

North Carolina Department of Labor

North Carolina Department of Revenue

North Carolina Council on Economic Education

NC 529 (College Foundation Inc.)

U.S. Department of Education Financial Literacy