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The Lights, Camera, Save! national judging panel selects three national winners from top submissions across the US who received money to fund their savings goal, plus a scholarship to the Jump$tart National Educator Conference for an educator from their school!

National judges were announced in November and look forward to the creative videos young people will submit to spread the message of how important it is to save for the future and use money wisely.

National Judging Panel

George Barany

Director, Consumer Federation of America

For the past thirty - nine years Mr. Barany has developed programs and systemic solutions to poverty issues including lack of assets for low and moderate income Americans. He has directed non profit advocacy and economic development organizations focused on community organizing, micro finance, senior issues, industrial development, wealth creation and asset development.

At the Consumer Federation of America Mr. Barany has developed savings programs for highs schools, college and summer employment programs along with efforts focused on saving by lower wage workers.

He co-organized the America Saves pilot – Cleveland Saves – and led the development of the national America Saves Week now going on its ninth year.

Kendall Buchanan

CTO and Co-Founder, Banzai

As one of Banzai's co-founders, Mr. Buchanan has specialized in software that teaches financial education for almost 13 years. He developed Banzai's first online application, and continues to oversee the program's design and development today. He's passionate about the intersection of technology and education, particularly where technology holds the power to inspire better behavior and outcomes for individuals.

Katlyn Grasso

CEO and Founder, GenHERation

Ms. Grasso is CEO and founder of GenHERation. The organization’s 2017 Discovery Days tour was recognized as the largest career exploration trip for young women in the US with an audience reach of more than 12.2 million people. She is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an inaugural recipient of the PennPresident’s Engagement Prize, which provides graduating seniors with $150,000 to develop innovative projects that have the potential to change the world. She has helped found two nonprofit organizations, is a member of the Penn Fund Executive Board and the Penn Nursing Center for Global Women's Health Advisory Board.

Beverly Harzog

Consumer Finance Analyst and Credit Card Expert, U.S. News & World Report

Ms. Harzog is a consumer finance analyst and credit card expert for U.S. News & World Report. She’s also the bestselling and award-winning author of five personal finance books, including “The Debt Escape Plan” and “Confessions of a Credit Junkie.”

She’s frequently tapped for advice, including for Fox News, CNN, Cheddar, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Money Magazine, and more. You can read her weekly columns at U.S. News & World Report.

Ashley Jacobs

Director of Marketing, Wise Bread

Ms. Jacobs is the Director of Marketing for Wise Bread. She is best known for hosting Wise Bread's weekly #WBChat tweetchat on Thursdays from 12pm-1pm PST, and averages 8.2 million impressions per chat. She has had articles appear on Yahoo! News, U.S. News & World Report, America Saves, Business Insider, and more. She has also been interviewed by blogs, companies, and radio/podcast shows including Breaking Banks, Experian, CouponPal, Microblogger, and more on social media trends.