Financial Literacy Journal is run by high school students hoping to advance financial literacy. Our team is dedicated to providing consistent content, ranging from lessons on personal finance to articles on current financial events.

We truly appreciate the support that we receive from the community and from our readers. With your help, we hope to push financial education into the mainstream, benefiting students and adults alike.

Managing Team

Alex Patel – President & Founder

Alex Patel is a senior at Mercer Island High School. He is interested in engineering and finance, and enjoys playing piano, tennis, and investing in stocks in his free time.

Middle Leadership

Jason Zhang – Director of Operations

Jason Zhang is a senior at Mercer Island High School. He enjoys learning about math, computer science, history, economics, and almost every other subject, and his greatest passion is reading.

Lessons Team

Lila Shroff – Lessons Contributor

Lila Shroff is a senior at Mercer Island High School. She is an award-winning radio journalist and works at KUOW on the RadioActive podcast. She also enjoys writing, languages, business, web design, and travel.

Luna Chen – Lessons Contributor

Luna Chen is a senior at Mercer Island High School. Her interests include math, business, and engineering. She is an avid swimmer and enjoys photography and reading in her spare time.

Marketing Team

Tara Manhas – Marketing Lead

Tara Manhas is a senior at Mercer Island High School. She discovered her love of marketing and HR through her participation in DECA. She is passionate about mental health awareness as a founding member of Island Friends Jr. Guild.


Ryan Hsu – Articles Contributor

Ryan Hsu is a junior at Mercer Island High School. In addition to playing baseball, Ryan enjoys building computers and trading stocks in his free time.

Sam Yang – Technology Contributor

Sam Yang is a freshman at the University of California, Berkeley. He is an avid web developer and programmer, with experience in HTML, CSS, Javascript, jQuery, Bootstrap, Node.js, Firebase, Java and Python.

Alan Bi – Guest Columnist

Alan Bi is a freshman at Duke University studying computer science and statistics. He started programming in ninth grade and has since enjoyed working on a variety of technical projects. Aside from programming, he also enjoys playing table tennis.

Previous Contributors

Albert Lam – Lessons Contributor

Albert Lam is a freshman at the University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business. He is passionate about business and social entrepreneurship, and has recently delved into data science. For fun, Albert plays badminton, where he has competed on the national level.

Walt McKelvie – Columnist

Walt McKelvie is a senior at Mercer Island High School. He enjoys math, physics, economics, and engineering, and he is currently programming lead for Mercer Island’s robotics team. For fun, he plays piano, participates in Model UN, and reads avidly.