Peggy OliveFinancial Capability Specialist

As Financial Capability Specialist, I hold a joint appointment with SoHE’s Center for Financial Security and with UW Extension Cooperative Extension Family Living Programs. Prior to joining UW–Madison, I worked with UW Extension providing community-based education, with a focus on financial coaching, counseling, and education for individuals and community partners. I have also worked as a therapist, home visitor, and collaborative services coordinator. In all of my previous positions, I’ve been privileged to talk with hundreds of people about their money — goals, fears, hopes, challenges.

While my academic focus is to translate research from household finance and learning theories into financial education programs on the UW–Madison campus and statewide in partnership with UW Extension, my purpose is to help people align their money with their values. I graduated from UW–Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Science in Social Welfare and a Master’s in Social Work, and hold a Professional Life Coaching Certificate from UW–Madison.

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  • Consumer Science

Degree Program

  • Personal Finance


Office: 4205 Nancy Nicholas Hall

Phone: 608-262-6766