Social Impact Heroes: Why And How Andrew Crowell of D.A. Davidson is Helping To Change Our World

Yitzi Weiner
Authority Magazine
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10 min readApr 21, 2021

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Doing enough will get you by, but never ahead. Truth be told, while I was a good student in school, there were certain classes that I didn’t think were important for me long-term. As a result, rather than really applying myself and trying to learn these subjects, I expended the minimum amount of effort I felt would be required to get a passing grade. In hindsight, I now see that I missed out on some valuable lessons. Simply “doing enough” did not yield the benefits I desired later.

As part of my series about “individuals and organizations making an important social impact”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Andrew Crowell.

Andrew Crowell is Vice Chairman of D.A. Davidson & Co.’s Wealth Management division and a third-generation financial advisor. He created Moneywise, D.A. Davidson’s community program to help strengthen teenagers’ education about financial topics. He serves as executive leader of D.A. Davidson’s community relations functions and sits on several boards, including that of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles.

Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

When I followed my father’s footsteps and became a financial advisor 25 years ago, I quickly recognized the importance of educating the next generation. Clients would often ask me to teach their children about the importance of developing wise money habits. At the same time, my ongoing involvement with various youth and family services organizations made me realize the lack of financial education amongst younger generations, as it was not being taught at home or at school. Many years later, the intersection of both realizations gave birth to D.A. Davidson’s Moneywise financial literacy program — a program dedicated to sharing knowledge about personal finance with teenagers who will soon be responsible for their own…

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Yitzi Weiner
Authority Magazine

A “Positive” Influencer, Founder & Editor of Authority Magazine, CEO of Thought Leader Incubator