Charlene Fadirepo

I Fin-Tech Founder I Angel Investor I Bitcoin Educator l Finance Speaker & TV Personality

Washington, DC

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Charlene Fadirepo is a banker, former regulator, and the founder of Guidefi, a fintech platform that connects women of color with financial experts and wealth education courses. Guidefi recently launched the Guidefi Academy which includes bitcoin and cryptocurrency courses. Guidefi has garnered many awards including First Place in the In3 Labs Pitch Competition, admission into the SeedSpot Impact Accelerator, and Plaid’s FinRise Accelerator. Charlene is a Bitcoin Educator who focuses on helping women, small businesses, and non-profit organizations learn about cryptocurrency. She has served as a Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Technical advisor for Georgian College and is a sought after economic empowerment, financial inclusion and Bitcoin speaker. Charlene is deeply passionate about the global and human rights use case of Bitcoin across Africa. Prior to Guidefi, Charlene led audit teams at the Federal Reserve to improve the safety and soundness of the U.S. financial system. She also spent several years as a management consultant with PwC, advising Wall Street banks following the financial crisis. Charlene is the author of 2 children’s books on money. Charlene was recently named 2021 Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Businessperson of the Year for DC. As a thought leader in the fintech and investing space, Charlene has appeared on Good Morning America and ABC News. She also has been featured in Business Insider, Tech Crunch, Forbes and Charlene studied Engineering at the University of Virginia and has a Masters In Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Learn more at

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Work experience

Oct 2020 - Present

Center City Public Charter Schools

Executive Board Member

The Center City network of PK through grade 8 neighborhood-based schools provides a high-quality, well-rounded education for families seeking close-knit communities. Center City prepares students to excel in competitive high schools by infusing academics with character, excellence, and service.


Sep 2019 - Present


Founder & Visionary

Guidefi is a financial wellness platform that connects communities of color with culturally competent financial professionals and wealth education. 2021 FinRise Accelerator Participant 2021 Emerging Black Founders Participant 2020 Fintech Equality Coalition -Steering Committee Member 2020 SeedSpot Accelerator Participant 2020 Dooney Fund Grant Recipient 2019 In3 Labs First Place Winner 2019 1863 Ventures HerImpact Pitch Contest SemiFinalist 2019 NPR How I Built This Summit (HIBT) Fellow 2019 Duke Law Start Up Ventures Clinic Participant

Mar 2021 - Apr 2021

Georgian College Research & Innovation

Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Technical Advisor

Served as a technical advisor for the development of post graduate certificate program in Blockchain and cryptocurrency technology.

Mar 2015 - Sep 2019

Federal Reserve Board of Governors

Evaluations Manager - Bank Supervision and Regulation

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is an independent and objective oversight authority established under the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended.

Jan 2015 - Sep 2019

Jumpstart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy (Jump$tart)

President - Greater Washington Jump$tart Coalition

About Us The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy is a 501-c-3 tax-exempt non-profit organization based in Washington, DC. The coalition also consists of a network of 49 affiliated state coalitions and their local partners.The Greater Washington Jumpstart Coalition is the coalition for the DC metro area. Greater Washington Jump$tart is a coalition comprised of more than 50 individuals and organizations representing business, non-profit, education, and government entities in the DC metro area. We support the national organization's mission to educate and prepare the nation's youth for life-long financial success. Vision We envision a nation of financially capable youth. Value Proposition As a coalition, Jump$tart harnesses the collective strength and resources of multiple partners. On behalf of its partners, Jump$tart promotes quality and effectiveness in financial education. Jump$tart supports the work of its partners and the broad financial literacy effort through outreach, advocacy, resources and information.

Aug 2009 - Mar 2015


Manager, Risk and Regulatory Consulting

Manager-Risk and Regulatory Practice, Financial Services Advisory Responsible for leading engagement teams, mentoring junior staff, managing project budgets, managing public and private sector client relationships, execution of project scope, and managing overall deliverable quality for bank regulatory engagements. Darden MBA/UVA Undergrad On Campus Recruiter (2011-2015) Duke MBA Financial Services On Campus Recruiting Team Co-Lead (2011-2012), Member (2011-2013) DC Advisory Staff Council Workstream Lead (2011-2013) Speaking Engagements/Service Work Diversity: - March 2015 PwC Candid Conversations on Cultural Dexterity -Panelist Financial Literacy: -November 2013 Jumpstart Coalition Annual Convention - PwC Exhibitor Representative -July 2012 PwC Earn Your Future Project-Parent/Teacher Financial Literacy Instructor (Belize) -November 2012 DECA-National Convention- High School Student Financial Literacy Instructor -2011 PwC Earn Your Future- Financial Literacy Student Mentor via Boys and Girls Club Consulting Industry: -October 2013 Forte' Foundation - Engineering to Business Part 2: Transitioning from Engineering to Business MBA Webinar: Panelist Fuqua School of Business at Duke University: -2012 Consulting Symposium- Women in Consulting Panelist -2012 Minority Workshop- Client Relationship Management Panelist


Jun 2009 - Jul 2009

Higher Achievement

Summer Teacher - Math and Science

5th grade Math and Science Teacher for East Baltimore/Collington Square Higher Achievement Center. Responsible for classroom management and curriculum instruction for 30+ students.Co-wrote Center-wide Spirit Chant.


Jun 2008 - Aug 2008

Cherokee Investment Partners

MBA Summer Associate

Cherokee is the leading private equity firm investing capital and expertise in brownfield redevelopment. For more than two decades, Cherokee’s executive team has produced strong financial returns while delivering positive environmental and social results. Cherokee has invested in more than 525 properties worldwide. The firm has nearly $2 billion under management and is currently investing its fourth fund.

Sep 2006 - May 2007

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Capital Markets [Apollo Equity Partners]

Aquisitions Analyst

RBC Capital Markets’ Tax Credit Equity Group (TCEG) provides equity capital by utilizing the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), various State Housing Tax Credit and Historic Tax Credit programs. Our team of 90 professionals has raised over $5.2 billion of equity and has a portfolio of more than 770 affordable housing and new markets developments under administration nationwide. These experienced specialists identify strategic investments and design equity structures that serve the long term interests of all our partners, including investors, developers and public authorities. We provide investors with full asset management and reporting services during the investment life cycle.

Jun 2000 - Aug 2006


Financial Analyst -various positions

-Construction Project Manager - Jacksonville, Fl Citigroup Campus 2000 - 2002 -Corporate Real Estate Analyst 2002 -2004 -Corporate Real Estate Chief of Staff 2004 -2006


2007 - 2009

Duke University - The Fuqua School of Business

MBA, Finance and Real Estate

1996 - 2000

University of Virginia

BS, Electrical Engineering

Duke University - The Fuqua School of Business

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