Peggy Olive

Peggy Olive

Financial Capability Specialist
Consumer Science Department; Personal Finance Major
Office 4205
Don’t tell me where your priorities are. Show me where you spend your money and I’ll tell you what they are.

–James W. Frick

As Financial Capability Specialist, I hold a joint appointment with SoHE’s Center for Financial Security and with UW-Extension Cooperative Extension Family Living Programs. Prior to joining UW-Madison, I worked with UW-Extension providing community-based education, with a focus on financial coaching, counseling, and education for individuals and community partners. I have also worked as a therapist, home visitor, and collaborative services coordinator. In all of my previous positions, I’ve been privileged to talk with hundreds of people about their money – goals, fears, hopes, challenges.

While my academic focus is to translate research from household finance and learning theories into financial education programs on the UW-Madison campus and statewide in partnership with UW-Extension, my purpose is to help people align their money with their values. I graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Science in Social Welfare and a Master’s in Social Work, and hold a Professional Life Coaching Certificate from UW-Madison.

Financial Coaching’s Potential for Enhancing Family Financial Security; J. Michael Collins, Peggy Olive, Collin M. O’Rourke; 2013, The Journal of Extension, 51(1).

Promoting Financial Capability Building Services With Families in Head Start; J. Michael Collins, Peggy Olive, and Collin O’Rourke; Financial Therapy Association Conference, Best Poster Award; Columbia, MO, September 23-25, 2012.

Money $mart in Head Start: Financial Education and Outreach with Head Start Families, Peggy Olive, Collin O’Rourke, and J. Michael Collins, June 2011.

  • Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education
  • Institute of Coaching Professional Association
  • International Coaching Federation
  • National Association for Social Workers
  • National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences