Georgia Lee Hussey
Founder & CEO, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
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.