Local Corporations and Organizations Honored for their Commitment to Financial Literacy for California Students

Los Angeles, CA, November 2, 2018 – On Thursday, November 1, 2018 the California Council for Economic Education (CCEE) honored local organizations for their support to teach economics and personal finance to California students at their annual Gala. The honorees included Cathay Bank for their Corporate Social Responsibility, Dr. Dale Marsden, Superintendent of the San Bernardino City Unified School District for his commitment to prioritizing financial literacy for their students and LA’s BEST Afterschool Program for including financial literacy in their afterschool programs.

“Most of our students live in our city’s most economically distressed neighborhoods, the information and real-world examples they get from CCEE helps set them on a path to positive financial health and responsibility. CCEE provides financial literacy education in 20 of the 200 LA’s BEST Afterschool Program sites, where they reach 25,000 students daily,” said Eric Gurna, President & CEO, LA’s BEST Afterschool Program.

With the support of the honorees, CCEE continues to deliver on its promise to work with California teachers to provide a robust financial curriculum to create financially literate adults in California. “Research shows that students who take classes in financial literacy have higher credit scores and make better financial decisions,” said Asha Joshi, CCEE Board Chair.

“We see our programs as a critical component of helping to protect the California economy. By creating financially literate adults we ensure our students have a bright financial future and help contribute to the economy with sound money management skills,” said Allysunn Walker-Williams, President & CEO, CCEE.

CCEE’s annual Gala also serves as a fundraiser to help reach more California students. Funds raised help to expand opportunities to create the “best in class” training for California economics teachers to enhance their ability to teach financial literacy in the classroom.


For nearly 60 years California Council on Economic Education (CCEE) has been dedicated to creating a brighter financial future for California students. CCEE is a non-profit organization that provides economic and financial literacy training and resources to K-12 teachers, students and parents in California. The mission of CCEE is to work with California teachers to develop financially literate students who thrive in the global economy.