Nancy Trejos: Hachette Speakers Bureau

Nancy Trejos

Personal Finance Expert

Nancy Trejos is a personal finance writer for the Washington Post. After graduating from Georgetown University, Trejos worked at the Los Angeles Times and then moved back to work at the Post, where she has been for more than ten years. She is also the author of Hot (Broke) Messes: How to Have Your Latte and Drink it Too.

31-year-old Trejos was supposed to be an expert on handling money - after all, she is a personal finance columnist for one of the nation's leading newspapers, but she found herself in her own dire financial straits. Faced with a mountain of bills, debt, and no way to pay her rent, she was forced to call her parents to ask them for a loan. That night was a wake-up call -- she vowed to get herself out of debt and into financial solvency.

In Hot (Broke) Messes, Trejos takes audiences along on her journey. She met with a financial planner and a therapist to deal with all the issues young people face today -- from credit card debt and student loans, to impulse buying and emotional spending, to the cost of having a social life, to buying a house with someone during a potentially impermanent relationship and more. Trejos learned what causes these problems in herself, how she could fix them, and how she could pass that advice on to other young people going through the same experiences.

Even better, she shows audiences how they can address these problems without completely giving up their lives. Trejos' personal and unique voice, along with her experiences that everyone can relate to, will lead others to relatively painless financial security.
Trejos has been a staff writer for the Washington Post for more than 10 years. She has covered schools, local government, and the Iraq war. In February 2007, she joined the business section of the Post. She covered real estate as the real estate boom went bust. In November 2007, she became the Post’s personal finance writer, occasionally writing first-person pieces, including an account of her debit card number getting stolen. She has also written front-page stories about the rise in U.S. bankruptcies, the Federal Reserve’s proposed crackdown on the credit card industry, and people not being able to pay their car loans. She now has a focus on consumer travel issues.

Trejos has written pieces for Latina Magazine, including one about Latina women who are HIV-positive. She also wrote a Washington Post magazine story about traveling to Colombia to find a half-brother she had never met before.
Trejos graduated with a B.A. in Government. She grew up in Queens, N.Y., and travels extensively, often to the Middle East and to her parents’ homelands of Colombia and Ecuador. She lives in Washington, DC.

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