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Darryl Dahlheimer

Darryl Dahlheimer

Program Director, LSS Financial Services


Areas of Expertise:
Consumer debt, personal finance, budgeting, credit improvement, use of credit, money management, payday lending, debt settlement scams, consumer protection, foreclosure prevention, bankruptcy, anti-poverty and asset-building programs, financial literacy.

BA, Government and Economics, 1978, Oberlin College, Oberlin OH MSW, Social Work, 1981, University of Michigan School of Social Work, Ann Arbor, MI

Professional Experience
Based in Minneapolis, Darryl Dahlheimer is the Program Director for LSS Financial Counseling Service. He is a well-respected industry expert in personal finance who offers timely, trusted and practical information on financial topics of community interest. He has written two financial education curricula, Four Cornerstones of Financial Literacy and Building Wealth in America and has been a financial counselor for more than 3,000 families. Here in Minnesota, he is also the father of the Scrooge-O-Meter, a tool designed to help consumers determine how long it will take to pay off their consumer debts and to discourage excess debting!

Since 1987, Lutheran Social Service of MN has become the largest provider of financial counseling and education in Minnesota—helping over 20,000 people every year with free budget and debt counseling, foreclosure prevention counseling and monthly debt management plans. LSS is also a member of the Better Business Bureau and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, the oldest and most respected credit counseling association in the nation. All LSS financial counselors are NFCC-certified as consumer credit and housing counselors.

Media Appearances
Darryl is a veteran personal finance expert featured in numerous local and national news stories:

Good Morning America • Consumer Reports, Frontline • Star Tribune • St. Paul Pioneer Press • Twin Cities Business Monthly •  City Pages • Minnesota Public Radio • UBS Midday Forum Panelist • WCCO-TV •  KARE-TV  • KMSP-TV •  FOX 9 NEWS • Almanac • Showcase Minnesota • The Mary Hanson Show • Twin Cities Public Television • WCCO-AM • KTIS-FM