University of Illinois Extension

Dedra Thomas
Extension Educator, Consumer & Family Economics
Cook County Unit
Enterprise Center
2205 Enterprise Drive, Suite 501
Westchester, IL 60154
Phone: 708-449-4320
FAX: 708-492-1805

Dedra Thomas joins Extension from one of the Centers for Working Families where she was a financial education manager/coach and a financial literacy workshop instructor. Her extensive banking background spans 18 years with some of Chicago's premier banks, and consists of a variety of positions including branch manager and assistant vice president of community banking.

Ms. Thomas is a Train-the-Trainer for the FDIC's Money Smart Curriculum and teaches the program throughout Chicago. She is also a certified tax preparer for the Center for Economic Progress, a member of the Alliance for Economic Inclusion, and a motivational speaker.

Ms. Thomas earned her bachelor's degree in business administration/management from Columbus State University and her master's degree in business administration from Keller Graduate School of Management.

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