Colleen McCreary is the Chief People, Places and Publicity Officer at Credit Karma. As the first person to hold this position, she is responsible for Credit Karma’s People, Workplace Services, Communications and Events teams. In this role, Colleen leverages both internal and external communications functions to foster a healthy workplace culture, drive long term value for the business and position the company competitively in the market. Since joining Credit Karma in 2018, Colleen has grown the employee base to over 1,300 employees across offices in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. In her first six months, she worked to evolve the company’s compensation structure to remove bias and variability and drive a culture of individual progress, growth and collaboration. Prior to Credit Karma, Colleen served as Chief People Officer at Vevo, the world’s leading music video entertainment platform. She has also held leadership positions at The Climate Corporation, Zynga, Electronic Arts and Microsoft. With more than 20 years of experience in human resources, operations, recruiting and M&A, Colleen brings a wealth of expertise in managing people operations to support rapid-growth technology companies. She has held leadership roles through two IPOs and two company acquisitions. She is also a technical advisor for HBO’s Silicon Valley, and advises and coaches startups. She holds a B.S. in Mass Communication and Public Relations from Boston University, and a M.A. in Higher and Adult Education from Columbia University.
Medical debt has been growing further during the pandemic, rising 7% from the end of last year and just over 3% from when the pandemic started, Credit Karma says. Experts expect it to continue to rise in the coming months since there's a 180-day lag before unpaid medical debts can show up on consumers’ credit reports. This is a lot of money when you consider nearly half of Americans don't have $400 saved in case of an emergency. What's worse, this number is expected to rise in the coming months as Americans begin sorting out their finances in the aftermath of the pandemic.