St. Barnabas Money & Tech Skills Program With Chad Finlay


Through their ‘Money & Tech’ Skills’ Program, St. Barnabas has created a series of classes to educate the aging population on essential skills needed to keep them from becoming homeless later in life. 

The ‘Money & Tech Skills’ Program is focused on protecting the wellbeing of LA’s aging population, helping them successfully manage their finances and connect with others in today’s modern, tech-focused society.

Without proper knowledge of basic connectivity and financial concepts, seniors have a higher risk of encountering life threatening issues surrounding housing costs, homelessness, and retirement planning as they age. 

By signing up for the free course, Los Angeles seniors can learn essentials of online connectivity and safety (computer skills, tablet basics, connecting with family and friends, how to utilize finance tools, etc.) at their own pace.

Our comprehensive programming promotes healthy and holistic aging, prolongs independence, and enhances the dignity and overall quality of life for over 18,000 older adults annually.

In the past year we’ve served over 295,000 meals, provided over 9,000 hours of case management, more than 12,000 transportation rides, nearly 300 advocacy and public policy engagements, and over 2,000 wellness classes and activities.

Chad is the Project Director, Tech & Financial Programs at St. Barnabas Senior Services.  

Passionate about social justice and serving the community, he has served as a consultant to nonprofits, working for over 15 years in the sector in areas of nonprofit management, capacity building, strategic planning, evaluation, fund development/revenue generation, program management, and public policy/advocacy. 

Previous positions include Director of Grant Management at MHM & Associates, Program Manager at Executive Service Corps, and Program Officer at Liberty Hill Foundation. 

In addition, Chad has worked with high-level LAUSD staff on education policy issues, including program evaluation, performance metrics, and data analysis. 

He has served for several years as a grant panelist for the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Cultural Affairs. He also has an extensive background in fund development and communications, beginning with his time at Art Center College of Design, where over four years, he was part of a team that raised $75M, mostly from new community donors. 

Chad holds two master degrees, including a Master of Public Policy from UCLA, where he was awarded a departmental award for his capstone project. He has served on several nonprofit boards, and is currently the Board Chair for a local curling club.

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