Who We Are
The Balance makes personal finance easy to understand. It is home to experts who provide clear, practical advice on managing your money. Whether you’re looking to invest, buy a home, save for retirement, or achieve another financial goal, The Balance’s 20-year-strong library of more than 9,000 pieces of content will answer your questions with straightforward personal financial advice.
The Balance is among the top-10 largest finance properties as measured by comScore, a leading Internet measurement company. Our more than 50 expert writers have extensive qualifications and expertise in their topics, including MBAs, PhDs, CFPs, other advanced degrees and professional certifications.
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Diversity & Inclusion
The Balance is committed to answering your money questions. But we know many of our answers do not include solutions for readers underserved by the financial industry and financial publishing community. There are more complex challenges facing our Black, Indigenous, and other Readers of Color, and we must address these challenges in our content or we fail our core mission.
Our pledge to improve diversity & inclusion outlines actions we will take to fulfill our commitment to all of our readers.
In the Press
- Kristin Myers on The Money Life Show
- Kristin Myers on Yahoo Finance Live
- Kristin Myers on Black News Channel
- Kristin Myers on PIX11
- Kristin Myers on MSNBC
Kristin Myers is an award-winning journalist, producer, and Editor-in-Chief of The Balance. Before joining The Balance, Kristin was a senior writer at Yahoo Finance and anchor of Yahoo Finance Live. She hosted Yahoo Finance Live daily, and was one of the creators and hosts of “A Time for Change,” a weekly program that explores race, diversity, and inclusion in the world of business, finance, and politics. As the Editor-in-Chief of The Balance, Kristin plays a key role in leading and shaping the publication's high-quality service journalism for The Balance's millions of readers.
Christine DiGangi has dedicated the majority of her career to financial education, writing extensively about the consumer credit system. In early 2019, she joined The Balance as Editorial Director, where she oversees content strategy and operations. Previously, Christine served as the managing editor of mortgage content at LendingTree, an editor and writer for Credit.com, communications coordinator for the Society of Professional Journalists, and a copy editor for The New York Times. She has more than a decade of experience in service journalism, as a writer, editor, and vocal advocate for ethics and accuracy in publishing.
Yasmin Ghahremani is an Associate Editorial Director at The Balance, where she oversees educational content about consumer financial products, ranging from credit cards to life insurance. She joined the team in April 2019, bringing seven years of experience educating consumers about personal finance. She was previously a managing editor at CreditCards.com and Wise Bread, and a contract editor at LendingTree.
Yasmin has also had an extensive international career covering business, technology, and the environment for broadcast and print outlets, including CNN, CNBC, and Asiaweek magazine. She has a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University.
Hilarey Gould is an associate editorial director at The Balance. During her 10+ years in the digital media space, she's developed a passion for economics, saving, investing, credit card perks, mortgage rates, and more. Hilarey began her career at TripAdvisor, and has since held full-time and freelance roles at a variety of media companies including realtor.com, Bankrate, and SmartAsset. Hilarey has a master's in journalism from the University of Missouri, and a bachelor's in journalism and professional writing from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). She also works as an adjunct professor at TCNJ, teaching social media strategies to journalism students.
Helen Reis joined The Balance in June 2019 and became senior news editor in May 2020 to lead the expansion of the website's news coverage. She has more than 17 years of journalism experience, mostly in business and finance news. She has worked at American Banker and Bloomberg News, covering banking and insurance and taking on reporting and editing roles with ever increasing responsibility. She is passionate about making complicated topics easy for the layperson to understand and compulsive about accuracy and transparency.
Mrinalini is the senior investing editor at The Balance, with 10+ years of financial journalism experience across two continents and different media. She is passionate about creating comprehensible and usable financial content. She has previously worked with organizations such as Financial Times, Investopedia, Forbes and CNBC TV18. Mrinalini holds a master’s in business and economic reporting from New York University and a bachelor’s with honors in economics from the University of Delhi, India.
Meredith Mangan is the senior insurance editor for The Balance. She brings to the job 15 years of experience in finance, media, and financial markets. Meredith spent five years as the managing editor for Money Crashers; prior to that, she was a licensed insurance agent and financial advisor.
Meredith enjoys unravelling complex topics and conveying them in meaningful ways to readers. She holds a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from New College of Florida.
For over 15 years, Kiran has served as an editor, writer, and reporter for publications covering fields including advertising, technology, business, and new media.
Now at The Balance, Kiran aims to bring his experience and expertise to reinforce the brand's reputation as the most informative, accessible, and trusted resource in personal finance. In the process, he hopes to help guide job seekers, small business owners, and others on their path to learning and success.
Sienna is a self-proclaimed credit card nerd who has been creating personal finance content for more than seven years. She joined The Balance as a staff writer in May 2019, and is now managing special projects to further engage readers in important topics. Sienna previously worked for CreditCards.com and her work has been cited by major news outlets and government agencies, including the CFPB and NBCNews.com. She's committed to helping readers make informed decisions about their credit and brewing the perfect cup of french-pressed coffee.
Sienna earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and completed a media studies program with The Fund For American Studies at George Mason University in Washington, D.C.
Lars Peterson joined The Balance in 2019. Lars's primary areas of focus are credit cards, banking, and other financial products and services, with the goal of helping consumers make the most of these offerings, while avoiding pitfalls or catches. With more than 10 years experience as a writer and editor in personal finance and small business, Lars has written and edited for Wise Bread, US News, and Amex OPENForum, among others. His 20+ years as an editor and writer have included roles in book publishing, marketing, technical writing, and travel.
Lars earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees in English, both from California State University, Long Beach.
J.R. Duren is a terms editor at The Balance. For more than 10 years, he has worked in print and digital media, serving in roles as a marketing writer, reporter, and freelance editor. J.R. has held full-time and freelance roles as an editor at LendingTree and HighYa.com, and his writing and reporting has been featured on Glassdoor.com, Homes.com, and H&R Block.
Jess Feldman is an associate editor for The Balance. She has been writing and editing for over five years, covering a variety of subjects across the digital media landscape. Since joining the financial space, she has developed an interest in budgeting and investing, and has also found the joys of embracing a financially smart lifestyle.
Jess has a degree journalism from the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism, one of the top-10 journalism schools in the country.
Lauren is VP & General Manager of The Balance. Lauren has been with the company since 2015, most recently Head of Programmatic Operations overseeing revenue generation and systems operations for all Dotdash brands. As Head of Programmatic Operations, Lauren managed over half of the company’s revenue streams, leading relationships with monetization partners like Google, Amazon, Facebook, and more. Prior to Dotdash, Lauren spent five years in Content Marketing developing solutions for brands like P&G and Kellogg’s. Lauren was named a “Corporate Champion” in Folio Magazine’s 2019 Top Women in Media Awards.
Lauren received a B.S. in Communications and Creative Writing from the University of Miami. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and dog, Fern!
As Chief Revenue Officer for Dotdash Finance, Katherine oversees the sales, marketing and client services teams responsible for delivering best in class media partnerships for our clients spanning all areas of the Financial Services Industry. Prior to Dotdash, Katherine held leadership roles in financial media sales as SVP Sales at Seeking Alpha, Executive Director at The Wall Street Digital, and Sales Director at MarketWatch. Katherine began her 20 year digital media career in Boston, in sales at Yahoo!, and Media Planning at Digitas. Katherine sits on the Executive Board of Directors for the Financial Communications Society. Katherine holds a B.A. in History & Psychology from Boston College. She resides in White Plains, NY with her husband and three children.
Joyce has been part of brand and product design at Dotdash since 2015. She currently oversees design for Dotdash's finance brands, Investopedia and The Balance, and the performance marketing teams which service all 21 Dotdash brands. Her design focus is to drive user-led design and product research to ensure delightful and empowering user experiences, create brands that users can trust, and build scaleable design systems. Joyce's work has achieved award-winning results including EPPY, OMMA and W3 awards in UI/UX, Visual Aesthetics, and Website Design. Prior to Dotdash, Joyce served as a Creative Director at the JCC, as well as a design consultant for various nonprofit and arts organizations. She has also worked on design teams at Food & Wine Magazine and Christie's.
Joyce received a B.S. in Economics-Marketing from the Wharton School and a B.A. in Fine Arts-Design from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Oakland most of the time and enjoys kiteboarding, too many types of arts and crafts, and spending time with her husband and their daughter.
Keith is VP, Product Management at Dotdash. Keith has been with Dotdash since 2019 and is responsible for product management for Dotdash’s finance and performance marketing teams. Previous to Dotdash, Keith was Director of Product Management at Red Ventures, having spent seven years working in various product roles at Bankrate.com. Before working at Bankrate, Keith was the first member of the product team at Hearst Newspapers.
Keith earned a B.A. in English at Fairfield University, where he was managing editor of their weekly student newspaper, The Mirror. He lives in Connecticut with his wife Diana, his two children, Tegan and Billy, and their Labrador, Martha.
Jen Brown is the vice president of sales at Dotdash and is responsible for global revenue for Dotdash's finance sites, Investopedia and The Balance. Jen's career spans 20+ years in digital and mobile media sales at startups and corporations including Flipboard, Seeking Alpha, Yahoo! and weather.com. Jen holds a bachelor's in philosophy and communication from the University of Delaware.
As VP, Client Services for Dotdash Finance, Megan oversees the Sales Planning, Account Management and Finance Direct Response teams to develop strategic solutions for our global client base and execute successful partnerships. Megan originally joined Investopedia in 2015 to lead the Client Services & Marketing teams before Investopedia became part of Dotdash in 2018 and her responsibilities expanded to cover all financial services industry clients.
Prior to that, she served as the Director of Client Services at SET Media, a video ad technology company. She started her career in media planning at Universal McCann in San Francisco working with brands such as Microsoft and Sony.
As VP of Marketing, Michael oversees all aspects of ad sales marketing in the B2B space for Dotdash Finance, which serves the needs of endemic financial brands across Investopedia, The Balance, and the entire suite of Dotdash sites. Prior to this, Michael was the VP, Product Sales & Strategy at Seeking Alpha, overseeing the custom solutions team. He started his career at Lowe & Partner/SMS developing and producing digital projects for Smirnoff and Mercedes. Michael made the move to the financial world in 2006 when he joined Bloomberg, where he spent more than seven years directing digital sales, first on the West Coast and then in the Northeast. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies from Fordham University.
Chris began his work at The Balance in 2018 after Investopedia joined the Dotdash publishing family. In his role, Chris manages the strategies for driving audience growth and development for the brands' newsletters, social media, and podcasts programs. Chris also oversees the direct marketing for Investopedia's Academy ecommerce products. Prior to Dotdash, Chris led consumer growth and engagement programs at such online companies like Weebly (acquired by Square), Spafinder, and LegalZoom, among others. Chris received his MBA from East Carolina University and a BA in History from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
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