Georgia Lee Hussey

President, Founder, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™

I built Modernist Financial on a foundation of creativity and collaboration, as a place where families and business owners become educated and empowered around money through the process of financial planning. I believe that relationships are our greatest wealth. I am committed to a partnership-based approach, one in which we are always learning from each other. I come alive when my clients fully express their financial needs and become energized to fulfill them. Modernist is a home for our staff, our clients and our community — it affords us the freedom to think bigger, smarter, and more colorfully; to feel ease and support; to enjoy beauty and art.  

My undergraduate education in sculpture and writing at Sarah Lawrence College taught me to think in a non-hierarchical and cross-disciplinary manner, skills I carry into my work with clients and in the community. In 2010, I decided that my vocation lay outside my studio and went on to earn an Executive Certificate in Financial Planning as well as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation.  

At Modernist, we believe that caring for our wealth is essential to the greater good of the community. I use my resources to support organizations I believe in, including: Write Around Portland, Oregon Cultural Trust, OPB and the Women’s Foundation of Oregon.  I focus my volunteer time as a member of the Money Quotient National Advisory Board and the Oregon Community Foundation's Metropolitan Portland Leadership Council. Modernist also became a Work for Art business in the fall of 2015. 

Though I was born in the South, grew up in the Midwest, was educated and lived in New York City, Portland is my chosen home. I am inspired by the vibrant creative communities that thrive here, including craft, design, urban planning, food and literature. I love walking, cycling or sketching around this fantastic city with my partner while living and working in Portland’s beautiful downtown.

Check out my talk, Discovering Our Money Stories at 2018 Woman Up! presented by Portland Monthly [Highlights 3:00]

Full Talk available here.