Don Blandin, president and CEO of the Investor Protection Trust (IPT) and the Investor Protection Institute (IPI), has worked in and with a wide variety of sectors, including business and industry; nonprofit; academia and philanthropic foundations; and federal, state and local government, both in the U.S. and globally. Don has been building coalitions and partnerships for more than four decades.
Don Blandin was appointed president and CEO of the Investor Protection Trust, a nonprofit organization devoted to investor education, in June 2004. Founded in 1993, The Investor Protection Trust works both nationwide and on a grassroots level to provide independent objective investor education needed by all Americans to make informed investment decisions.
As president of IPT, Don works frequently with state securities regulators on programs to help Americans of all ages become wise and safe investors. Don’s achievements at IPT include: sponsorship of the "Personal Finance Guide for Military Families;" the national Elder Investment Fraud and Financial Exploitation (EIFFE) Prevention Program, in partnership with North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) and the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA); the Investor Education in Your Community® program; the national MoneyTrack public television series; The Campaign for Wise and Safe Investing® in partnership with the AARP Foundation, and "The Basics of Saving and Investing: Investor Education 2020."
Recent awards bestowed on Don include the 2011 BBB International Torch Award for Consumer Leadership from the Council of Better Business Bureaus and the 2010 Heart of Financial Planning Award from the Financial Planning Association.
Prior to assuming his current leadership role at IPT, Don was president of the American Savings Education Council (ASEC). While at ASEC from 1996 to 2004, he undertook multiple initiatives to raise public awareness regarding what it takes to instill long-term personal financial independence.
Don was an appointed a delegate to both the 1998 and 2002 White House/Congressional National Summits on Retirement Savings, hosted by the President and Congressional leaders. Don is a founding member and the first national director of Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honorary society for public administration.
Don Blandin holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from California State University, East Bay, and a Master of Public Administration degree from The American University in Washington, DC. Don and his wife, Nanette, reside in Washington, DC. They have a son, Devon, and daughter, Sara.