Georgia Lee Hussey

Founder & CEO | CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ | Keynote Speaker

I built Modernist Financial on a foundation of creativity and collaboration, as a place where progressive people can learn to structure their wealth around their values. 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 creativity in the service of our greater community.  

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 goals and become energized to fulfill them. 

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 aligning our wealth with our progressive values is essential to the greater good of the community. I use my personal resources to #FundMyHeroes, including: Write Around Portland, Southern Poverty Law Center, Oregon Cultural Trust, OPB and the Women’s Foundation of Oregon, among others. I focus my volunteer time as a member of the Money Quotient National Advisory Board and OCF’s Metro Portland Leadership Council. Modernist also became a Work for Art business in the fall of 2015 and a Certified B Corp in 2017. 

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 [click above for 3:00 Highlights] View full talk here.

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Liliya Jones

Director of Operations

As Director of Operations, I am focused on structuring the financial planning, investment management, and internal strategic planning processes that help Modernist flourish. I spearheaded Modernist’s B Corp™ certification effort, and am an avid supporter of the conscious capitalism movement. I also enjoy writing and head up much of the firm’s content creation efforts. I was on Modernist’s founding team, having worked in private banking and financial services earlier in my career.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Portland State University as well as a Series 65 Securities License and Paraplanner certification. In college I studied macroeconomics and developed a fascination with the systematic connections between policy, economics, and behavioral science.   

When I’m not working, I prefer being outside and moving through the world – hiking, cycling and running.  In winter, I like to venture out for cultural events and the occasional drawing class. I serve on the Board of the Portland chapter of Women in Insurance and Financial Services, and volunteer with Women’s Foundation of Oregon whenever I can. In the past, I have been a part of Art of LeadershipPortland Office of Youth Violence Prevention, Clackamas County’s Youth and Family Mediation Program and Business for Culture & the Arts Associates Program.