About the Author

Ren Makino

Ren is currently a Freshman at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. He plays rugby for his college and enjoys living on the East Coast. Thanks to going through the NGPF curriculum a couple of times, he budgets in college better than his peers. He edits the NGPF podcast and makes sure it is accessible to teachers. You will probably see his name time to time on the NGPF forum where he actively replies to forum posts.

Author: Ren Makino

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Social Entrepreneur Marcy Reyes of the Financial Literacy Youth Initiative (FLY)

Feb 15, 2019
Podcasts, Financial Literacy
Driven to serve others by educating them to become financially capable, Marcy Reyes has found several ways to accomplish this mission. She teaches at Rhode Island College while also leading a non-profit that she founded to support high school students. Oh, all this while holding down a full-time job with a health insurer. She is clearly someone motivated to serve others by teaching them valuable skills about managing their money. In this podcast, you will hear Marcy share her story and the...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Chegg President and CEO Dan Rosensweig

Feb 01, 2019
Podcasts, Paying for College, Entrepreneurship
From PC Magazine to CNET to Yahoo to Guitar Hero to Chegg, Dan Rosensweig has had a fascinating front-row seat in seeing (and sometimes driving) the paradigm shifts in tech as it has evolved from the PC to the Internet to the cloud. In this wide-ranging and fast-paced conversation, Dan shares his thinking behind leaving Guitar Hero to join a then simple textbook rental company (Saying ‘hey I am the CEO of guitar hero’ then going to say ‘i rent textbooks’... you can...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Colorado Changemakers Debbie Pierce and Alyssa Wooten

Jan 11, 2019
Podcasts, Policy, Professional Development
States legislators and education leaders make decisions to emphasize financial education but then what? Anyone experienced in education or business, for that matter, knows that success requires keen attention to detail when it comes to implementation of a new program. Debbie Pierce from Economic Literacy Colorado and Alyssa Wooten from the Colorado Dept. of Education have teamed up to both increase access and improve the personal finance instruction taught in Colorado schools. Listen as they...

What I Learned In My First Year of College: Words of Wisdom from Ren Makino, NGPF Intern

Jul 27, 2017
I have always thought I was pretty good with my finances: I learned a lot going through the NGPF curriculum during my 3 years here. I am also the editor of the “Tim Talks To..” podcast so I have listened to every single financially smart person that joined a podcast with Tim.   When I turned 18, I had a lot going on with my financial life… Applied for my first credit card  Bought stocks on Robinhood. Closed my Wells Fargo account because they started charging me a fee because I did...