Billy J. Hensley, Ph.D., is president and CEO of the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE). Hensley assumed his role after a nationwide search and unanimous approval by the Board of Trustees.
Since his appointment in 2018, Hensley has led NEFE through the development and execution of its first strategic plan, sharpening the organization's mission, vision and core values, and cultivating broader transparency and effectiveness. He is charging the organization to Redefine Financial Education through more focused philanthropy, research and collaboration. This is illustrated by the conception and interpretation of the Financial Well-Being Framework, a model for better accountability in the financial capability field. Under Hensley's leadership, NEFE's research agenda has driven the national dialogue about financial education including one study ranked in the all-time top 5 percent of the Social Science Research Index.