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Experts Unite to Create Blueprint to Transform California into Most Financially Literate State in U.S.; Empowering Californians to Take Control of Their Financial Futures to Play Key Role.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Consumer groups, lawmakers, CPAs, nonprofits, educators and government officials will come together tomorrow (April 26) at the California Summit on Financial Literacy to turn the tide of financial illiteracy and undertake efforts to raise the public's understanding of money matters. The event is being held at the Sacramento Convention Center.

"There's no time like the present to bring about a change in the way Californians -- and the rest of the American public, for that matter -- view their finances," said Loretta Doon, CPA and COO of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.

"CalCPA has joined with several other like-minded groups to empower consumers to educate themselves and take control of their personal financial matters using a wealth of free resources."

Added Doon, "The CPA profession, along with educators, nonprofits, consumer groups, lawmakers and government agencies, brings plentiful resources and information to the table. This summit will help streamline those efforts and further our goal of creating the most financially literate state in the country."

"Financial literacy needs to be instilled early in childhood and reinforced throughout one's lifetime. Children who learn how to save and budget will grow into adults who can handle credit responsibly and save for a secure retirement," said Mitchell Freedman, CPA/PFS, chair of the California Jump$tart Coalition, one of the Summit hosts.

The Summit's featured speakers will include Dan Iannicola, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury's Office of Financial Education; Carrie Schwab Pomerantz, president of the Charles Schwab Foundation; Dara Duguay, director of the Citigroup Office of Financial Education; and Dr. Lewis Mandell of the SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Management.

"The Summit will help to set in motion an action plan to eliminate financial illiteracy in California," added Doon.

About CalCPA

The California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA) (www.calcpa.org) is one of the nation's largest accounting organizations and the largest CPA association in California. It serves more than 28,000 members in public practice, private industry, education and government.

About the California Jump$tart Coalition

California Jump$tart Coalition (www.cajumpstart.org) is a Section 501(c)(3) organization receiving support from businesses and foundations. California Jump$tart is affiliated with the national Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy.
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