Jane McNamara, President & CEO

Jane E. McNamara is president and chief executive officer of GreenPath, Inc. The company, doing business as GreenPath Debt Solutions, is a nationwide, 501(c)3 not-for-profit, headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

GreenPath provides free financial counseling and education, debt management programs, housing counseling, student loan counseling, and bankruptcy counseling and education.

Since 1961, GreenPath has been helping people resolve debt issues and achieve their financial goals.  GreenPath provides telephone-based services to consumers in all 50 states.  In-person service is available at more than 55 branch offices in Michigan, New York, New Hampshire, Colorado, Florida, Texas, Vermont, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Arizona and Wyoming.

Under McNamara's leadership, GreenPath’s revenue has grown from $8.87 million in 1996 to $43 million in 2012.  Her experience includes 30 years in executive leadership, strategic planning, financial management, quality improvement, financial education and one-on-one counseling. She served as chief operating officer of GreenPath before becoming president and CEO in 1997. Prior to that, McNamara worked as Director of Education, as well as being a counselor in branch operations working directly with consumers.

A graduate of Michigan State University, McNamara earned her bachelor’s degree in consumer services and her master’s degree in family economics and management, with a specialty in family financial counseling.

She currently serves on the boards and committees of:

  • Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies – Vice-Chair
  • Hospice of Michigan Board of Trustees - Vice-Chair, Finance Committee Chair
  • American Diabetes Association – Commitment for a Cure Gala Chair (Michigan)

McNamara is past president of the Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals in Business, a national consumer affairs’ organization, along with being past president of its Great Lakes Chapter. She also served on the board of the Council on Accreditation.

McNamara has received numerous honors, including the Philip A. Hart Award for her outstanding work in the education and counseling of consumers. She is a graduate of Leadership Detroit XXIX and a member of the International Women’s Forum.