Elysa Blacker

Daily Money Manager

Elysa has over 30 years of marketing, management and financial budgeting experience. For over 20 years she focused on retailing as a buyer in the private and public sectors. She worked for department and specialty stores in New York before moving on to the Smithsonian Museum Stores. At the Smithsonian she was responsible for budgeting, financial analysis and profitability for souvenirs, gifts and jewelry sold in the stores. Elysa has continued her work with museums and fair-trade retailers and wholesalers as a consultant where she provides assistance in retail financial planning and analysis, target marketing and product selection, and offers written training materials on business skills to aspiring artisan entrepreneurs.

Elysa has also worked with aging family members on a wide variety tasks such as reviewing mail, helping with on-line access to financial accounts, working to make sure health care savings accounts are fully used, reviewing insurance claims, researching Medicaid, and looking into veteran’s benefits. It is this work, and the relief she saw it brought to those she assisted, that brought her to Everyday Money Management.

Elysa is a graduate of Northwestern University, Evanston, IL where she majored in economics and history and has an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. A native of the Chicago area, she now lives in Chevy Chase, MD with her husband John. They have one daughter.


Helping clients to organize and manage their money and paperwork is a joy. It is a perfect marriage of my skills and genuine desire to make a positive difference in someone’s life.