Thomas Nitzsche is Director of Media and Brand at MMI, the largest provider of nonprofit financial counseling and education in the United States. He has dedicated his career to using his personal experience and professional expertise to create conversations about money and destigmatize debt. In his current role, he manages MMI’s external communications, media relations, social media, and brand story.
Thomas has the unique perspective of being both a former client and a former counselor at Clearpoint, prior to its merger with MMI. He joined the agency during the Great Recession, following a career in retail financial services, and counseled thousands of clients as they navigated the economic downturn and subsequent mortgage crisis. Having personally experienced many of the same challenges as his clients, Thomas became a natural spokesperson for local media opportunities, and in 2011 he joined the marketing team as a regional media relations coordinator. Since that time, his role has grown to include a variety of media and brand-related responsibilities.
Based in the St. Louis area, Thomas has been extensively sourced as a subject matter expert on a wide range of personal finance matters. He has been featured in U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, The New York Times, USA Today, Consumer Reports, TIME, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Street, New York Post, Bankrate, and many others. He has written for Nerdwallet as an active member of its Ask an Advisor network, and provided expertise to MSN Money’s Ask a Credit Counselor platform. He has coordinated countless televised events, reaching hundreds of thousands of viewers across America.
Thomas is an alumnus of Southwestern Illinois College and Maryville University, holds a Certificate in Neighborhood Leadership from the University of Missouri, and is an NFCC Certified Financial Educator. He has served on planning committees for the St. Louis Regional Unbanked Task Force, the Jefferson County (MO) Housing Task Force, Secure Your ID Day, America Saves, and Money Smart Week. He has been an active member of the FINCON community since 2014 and served on the board of directors for HSS, a local social service agency.
Thomas’ areas of expertise include personal finance, debt repayment, minimalist living, media relations, and media partnerships. Thomas can be booked for interviews and speaking engagements by calling 404.490.2227.
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