Dr. Dan McDonald is the director of the Take Charge America Institute for Consumer Financial Education and Research. Dan is a University of Arizona Distinguished Outreach Faculty member and an Extension Specialist with Arizona Cooperative Extension. He has worked in Extension at the University of Arizona for 20 years, designing, implementing, and evaluating community programs. Dr. McDonald received his Doctorate in Family Studies and Human Development from the Norton School in 2000 and began his career in Extension as the Evaluation Specialist for the Arizona Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) project. For the past 16 years he supervised the Pima County Extension nutrition education/food security program, including an innovative nutrition education facility, The Garden Kitchen, and helped establish Teens Advocating Sustainable Change (TASC), now the 4-H Healthy Living Ambassadors. In addition to nutrition programs, he oversees Cooperative Extension’s Wildcat Corps (AmeriCorps) statewide program and supports the Extension Financial Education program offered through the Take Charge American Institute.