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Renee Nilsen

Renee Nilsen is the Financial Wellness Program Coordinator for the Health & Wellness Unit at the University of North Dakota. With a mission to empower students to make healthy financial choices, UND Financial Wellness is on the forefront of the financial literacy movement in higher education.


Understanding that financial wellness is a life-long journey, Renee has been involved in financial education outside of higher education. She is currently the President of the Board of Director of ND Jump$tart, a state-wide organization that connects K-12 educators to financial education resources. She has also guided clients in financial goal setting through her work as a Financial Coach at the University of Wisconsin Extension Financial Education Center. 


Renee is also active in the financial wellness arena at the national level, having presented at the inaugural National Summit on Financial Wellness in Columbus, OH. She has held various positions within the field of higher education, including Career Advisor, Academic Advisor, and Financial Aid Assistant. She earned her B.S. in community health education from Illinois State University and her M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Baruch College of the City University of New York.