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Andrei Cherny has had a fascinating career. He worked with Al Gore in the early days of raising awareness about climate change and helped start the Consumer Protection Bureau with Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Now, he’s taking on the exact same issues through his company, Aspiration. It’s a pay-what-you-want financial services model that allows customers to divest from things like gun manufacturing and fossil fuels.
In this episode of Lead With We, Andrei chats with me about what led him down this path, some of the lessons learned, and how the role of money is changing.
Andrei Cherny is Co-Founder and CEO of Aspiration, a financial partner that puts its customers, their conscience, and the planet first.
Andrei has worked for nearly twenty years to make the financial system more open and fair. He has been an advisor to Fortune 100 companies including some of America’s largest financial institutions, a senior fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and at the Center for American Progress, a Navy reserve officer, and a financial fraud prosecutor. A former White House aide, President Clinton called Andrei a “critical part of the team” which brought about the economic successes of the 1990s. As the co-founder and president of Democracy journal, Andrei helped launch the fight for what became the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
His 2000 book, “The Next Deal,” outlined how technology was transforming the expectations of consumers and citizens. He is also author of the bestselling, “The Candy Bombers” about the occupation of Germany and the beginning of the Cold War. He graduated from Harvard University and from the University of California Berkeley law school.
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