Dec 02, 2022

NGPF Podcast: Shareef "Ross Mac" McDonald on bringing Wall Street to Main Street

Want to get smarter with your money? If the answer is yes, then you don't want to miss this podcast with Ross Mac. 

He grew up on the South Side of Chicago, has an Ivy League degree and experience on Wall Street. Oh, he also just starred in a Netflix documentary too, Get Smart with Money. In this podcast with Yanely, Ross Mac will share his passion to make financial education accessible to all. Enjoy! 


  • 0:00~1:05 Introduction
  • 1:05~2:58 Bringing Wall Street to Main Street 
  • 2:58~5:00 Early money lessons
  • 5:00~8:01 Source of passion for personal finance
  • 8:01~12:21 Ro$$ Mac on Instagram
  • 12:21~16:26 Getting Smart with Money
  • 16:26~22:00 Story of an NFL player starting to invest
  • 22:00~29:00 Getting involved with the show
  • 29:00~34:41 Investing during a recession
  • 34:41~42:00 Investing for the future 
  • 42:00~43:08 Conclusion



  • "Financial literacy is a language. The reality is that the earlier you learn how to speak it, the more likely you're going to become fluent in it."

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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