About The Street Smarts

TSS provides a unique conduit for qualified, ambitious, and underrepresented young professionals

Discover career opportunities available in Finance and Accounting.

The Street Smarts (TSS) is an Oakland based nonprofit founded by Executive Director, Michael D. Campbell in June of 2016. The Board of Directors are:  Ken Coelho, Board Secretary; Nicol Blakely, Director of Branding & Media; and Jack Z. Sun, CFA, Director of Outreach & Partnerships.

TSS had its roots in an informal financial internship program started by Mike Wilkins, Managing Partner at Kingsford Capital, a short-based hedge fund in Point Richmond, California.  Initially, Mr. Wilkins invited a rising senior at Berkeley High, Khari Campbell-Wright, son of TSS’s Founder, Michael Campbell, and two college students from The University of California-Berkeley. The success of the internship inspired Campbell to create a formal non-profit organization aimed at introducing finance to groups of youth from historically underserved communities.

After three years of existence, TSS has augmented our product offerings to include students who are interested in Accounting. We have placed 6 interns at PricewaterhouseCoopers for the summer of 2020. In addition we have 7 interns at Ernst & Young. We currently are working with over 30 potential TSS Scholars.

Managing Partner, Mike Wilkins took a hands-on approach with Khari and the other intern, Frank Zhang, who now is a financial analyst at Dodge & Cox in San Francisco. Their supervisor was Cameron Kirby, who is now a Research Manager at Indaba Capital in San Francisco. 

It was obvious from Khari’s experience how much the program had influenced the outlook and focus of his career aspirations.  His level of maturity and confidence which was already high, soared. He learned how to function in a fast-paced professional environment. He was able to learn more about responsibility and enhance his determination for success. Khari lived 30 miles from Kingsford Capital and his day started at 6:00am.

TSS Finance Academies program specifics

The TSS Finance Academy Curriculum consists of:

  • Informational sessions on Stocks, Bonds, Personal Finance, Business Operations, and Real Estate.
  • Individual homework assignments, text book and experiential learning through group projects and competitions including stock market simulation.
  • Resume Writing, public speaking techniques, business etiquette.
  • On-site tours and visits to financial and educational institutions
  • Interaction with mentors and professionals from the financial services industry.
  • Scholarships!

The Street Smarts Core Values

  • Loyalty - We value loyalty to one’s self and to the mission of our organization.
  • Joy - We strive to bring joy and excitement to every facet of our endeavors for our partners, vendors, interns, volunteers, and board members.
  • Diversity - We believe in Diversity and Inclusion in all things that we participate in. We judge people by their character and not the color of their skin.
  • Family - We are an organization that values family individually and as a group. We will treat each other with integrity, respect, and gratitude for our partners, vendors, interns, volunteers, and board members.
  • Transformational - We strive to be a transformational force in our communities to improve the lives of our interns. We aim to bring a uniqueness to all that we do.
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