Peggy Olive

Peggy Olive

Financial Capability Specialist
4285J Nancy Nicholas Hall, 1300 Linden Drive
(608) 262-6766

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