Financial Empowerment Center


The Columbus Financial Empowerment Center offers free one-on-one financial counseling as a public service for all Central Ohio residents. Our financial counselors are trained and certified by the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund to help you navigate complex financial challenges and reach your financial goals. This service is offered to all Central Ohio adults, free of charge, through a partnership with Jewish Family Services and the City of Columbus.

For general questions about the Columbus FEC, or to request a speaker for your group, email FEC Program Manager Lydia Daniels at [email protected]

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We work with you to develop a personalized plan to overcome the cycle of debt and work towards becoming debt free.


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We guide you through the process of reviewing your credit report and teach strategies for building your credit score.

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We support you to set savings goals and establish healthy savings habits.

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Our financial counselors assist clients to learn how to open a safe and affordable bank account and use it to your benefit.

Financial Counselors

Marcia Slekitis

Marcia Slekitis

Senior Financial Counselor

Marcia Slekitis, MS (she/her) has an extensive background in counseling and coaching, with a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Capella University. She excels in building positive connections with individuals and couples. Her coaching style combines exceptional organizational skills, with a judgement free setting, to deliver personalized strategies that help clients achieve their financial goals. Marcia is fluent in Brazilian Portuguese and English, and is proficient in Spanish.

Jillian Kent

Jillian Kent

Financial Counselor

Jillian Kent (she/her) is a financial counselor who is genuinely passionate about empowering her community to achieve financial wellness. Her coaching style is characterized by authenticity and draws upon her extensive experience in credit counseling and the financial industry. She truly understands her clients’ unique needs and can help set a plan to accomplish short and long-term financial goals.

Marshall Cohen

Marshall Cohen

Financial Counselor

Marshall D. Cohen, JD (he/him) is a seasoned financial counselor who can clearly simplify complex financial concepts. Holding degrees from The Ohio State University and Case Western Reserve University, Marshall brings a strong educational background to his counseling practice. Marshall provides a supportive environment where clients can learn to identify their financial priorities and experience financial empowerment by discovering the steps necessary to achieve their financial goals.

Tiffany Pass

Tiffany Pass

Financial Counselor

Tiffany Pass (she/her) is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in the financial services and banking industries. Her coaching style is warm and compassionate, creating a secure and supportive environment that encourages clients to openly address their concerns. Her clients benefit from her desire to learn all she can about financial wellness and pass on that knowledge to those around her.


2023 Impact

190 Individuals met with a financial counselor

$93,670 total Increase in savings ACROSS CLIENTS


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Ebner Building
1070 College Avenue
Columbus, OH 43209

Call Us: (614) 231-1890

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