Who We Are

The Financial Diet, started in late 2014 as a personal blog by founder Chelsea Fagan to track her own budget, has since grown into a cross-platform media company and the premier digital destination for young women looking to talk about money. From our Manhattan offices, our team of eight women work every day leading the conversation around personal finance, and bringing together everything from expert advice on the complexities of financial planning to personal narratives from everyday women reclaiming their relationship with money, and how it intersects with every element of their lives.

Our mission is to fundamentally change and improve the way we talk about money, to take it from something shameful or intimidating into something we can all feel confident about.

If you have a story to share, you can learn more about how to pitch us here.

If you are a brand or organization looking to reach our audience, you can learn more about how to work with us here.

For any and everything else, our email is always open at hello@thefinancialdiet.com.

Chelsea Fagan
CEO & Founder

Chelsea Fagan is a writer, home cook, and the founder of TFD. She is currently on the road from “absolutely terrible with money” to “pretty good with money,” and in the meantime, is probably panicking over an overcooked roast.

Lauren Ver Hage
Co-Founder & Designer

Lauren is the cofounder of The Financial Diet, and serves as its in-house graphic designer and art director. Since 2015, she’s cherished the opportunity that TFD has given her to create work that informs, educates, and delights our followers across video, social media, and print. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, reading science fiction, and generally obsessing over her dog, Luna.

Annie Atherton
COO & Publisher

Annie Atherton is COO and a managing partner at The Financial Diet, where she oversees sales and financial operations. She has worked in media and marketing for 7 years and has been with TFD since 2016. When not working, she enjoys exploring NYC, trying good food, consuming many forms of media, and overanalyzing any possible topic.

Holly Trantham
Head of Content

Holly has been with the TFD team since September 2016, and currently oversees editorial production across all of TFD’s platforms. In her free time, you can almost always find her devouring a romance novel or a slice of cake (or both simultaneously). She lives in Harlem with her husband and cat.

Rachel Steinman
Social Media Manager

Rachel is TFDs Social Media Manager where she creates and manages content across all social platforms. She’s a native New Yorker who enjoys fancy coffee drinks and cooking. When she’s not working, she’s usually watching reruns of The Office or extremely bad reality dating shows with her husband. She’s one of the few TFD team members without a pet and is extremely bitter about it.

Monica Killblane
Sales & Partnerships Manager

Monica Killblane is the Sales & Partnership Manager at TFD. She has over 8 years experience in Advertising Sales across companies like iHeartMedia, Univision & Ad Age. When she’s not working, you can find her working out, traveling the world, or checking out that new “hotspot” in New York City.

Saidah Asano-Brooks
Operations & Events Manager

Saidah manages the operations and events strategy for The Financial Diet. When she’s not in planning mode, you can find her at an art gallery, attempting bakasana, or in a lovely corner of Brooklyn.

Soraya Joseph
Managing Editor

Soraya is a pseudo-purist for print, with a background in television, digital and traditional media. A connoisseur of words, but not necessarily the fancy ones. More so an obnoxious obsession with puns and alliteration. Finding financial freedom (while helping others find theirs) on the other side of free and fun information.

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