Feb 26, 2022

NGPF Podcast: Akeiva and Meshack Ellis on helping young adults make sense of money

Yanely was joined this week by Akeiva and Meshack Ellis, a husband and wife duo on a mission to help young adults make sense of money through their platform: The Bemused. In this podcast, Akeiva and Meshack share how they learned about money and the strategies they took to achieve their personal money wins in their early 20s. They also share with us about the importance of educating members of the Black community on money as well as Akeiva’s experience as a financial planner for the top 0.01%. 


  • 0:00~1:10 Introduction
  • 1:10~5:11 Akeiva and Meshack’s background
  • 5:11~8:32 Experience working in the finance field
  • 8:32~10:27 Starting up Bemused 
  • 10:27~21:52 Strategies they took to pay off student debt
  • 21:52~28:28 Being open about money
  • 28:28~29:16 A word from NGPF
  • 29:16~43:53 Keeping students engaged through inclusive lessons
  • 43:53~48:51 Impacting community members through teaching about money
  • 48:51~49:50 Conclusion



  • “Not every kid, as we know, comes from the same background, the same means, and have the same life experiences, so you can’t approach personal finance in the same way for everyone.”


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About the Authors

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.

Ren Makino

Ren started interning at NGPF in 2014, and worked part-time through high school and college. With his knowledge growing alongside NGPF, he joined the team to work full-time after graduating from college in 2020. He is also the producer of the NGPF podcast. During his free time, he likes to try out coffees from different roasters across the world.

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