Doug Ostrov, Director, Financial Counseling

Doug OstrovDoug directs the Financial Counseling Unit at NYLAG, including managing financial counseling for UJA Federation of NY’s Connect to Care (C2C) and Safety Net programs, HRA/OFE Jobs-Plus program, the Robin Hood Single Stop Program and the launch of the Muriel F. Siebert Foundation financial literacy website learnmoney.org. Doug’s background is in microfinance lending, financial counseling, community banking, and economic development project management. He spent over two years in the Peace Corps in the rural Dominican Republic where he founded a savings and loan banking program for underserved women entrepreneurs. Doug worked in economic development and project management for the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Federal Trade Commission, and various consulting firms in the Washington D.C. area. Doug also worked in community banking in the New York City area designing loan and banking products and providing financial counseling for local underserved clients. Doug holds a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Tufts University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, and received his M.A. in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).