Darrah Brustein was born and raised on an historic horse farm outside of Philadelphia. In her youth, she was given many chores and an allowance. But it wasn’t until her family moved south to Baltimore when she was eleven that her financial education truly began.
There, she was taught the indelible lessons of saving, earning, investing, and giving back. Upon high school graduation, Darrah was ready for her independence; she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, to attend Emory University. She studied Religion and Italian and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2006.
After college, Darrah wanted to pursue a passion, so she took a job as a sales rep for a high-end fashion line. Excited to combine her love of clothing and sales, she successfully hit her three-year sales goal in ten months. During this time, Darrah bought a car and a home, all because she was able to institute the lessons she’d been taught as a child about financial responsibility. When she realized she was the exception, not the norm, Darrah decided to do something about it..
When Darrah’s not working to spread financial education, she and her twin brother, Garrett, own a merchant services business, Equitable Payments, helping businesses find the best provider for their credit card processing needs. Darrah also owns and runs Network Under 40, a social and professional networking organization.
When not working, Darrah sits on the board for Emory University, hoping to give back to the school that gave her her start! She is also one of the founding members of the Atlanta chapter of the Global Shapers, a hub of the World Economic Forum. Subsequently, she was invited to attend the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland to represent the topic of financial literacy for children.