Zach Teutsch

Values Added Financial

Founder, Financial Advisor

Zach Teutsch

Values Added Financial

Founder, Financial Advisor

As a fee-only financial planner, my focus is to offer unbiased financial advice to help you achieve your life goals. - Zach Teutsch

Fee-Only financial planner located in Washington, D.C., serving clients locally and across the country

Zach Teutsch is a Washington, DC fee-only financial advisor serving clients locally and across the country. Values Added Financial provides comprehensive financial planning and investment management to help clients organize, grow and protect their assets through life’s transitions. As a fee-only, fiduciary, and independent financial advisor, Zach Teutsch is never paid a commission of any kind, and has a legal obligation to provide unbiased and trustworthy financial advice.

Zach Teutsch founded Values Added Financial to help clients live more fulfilling lives by making wise financial, career, and other life decisions. Before he launched Values Added Financial, Zach developed the first national financial empowerment programs in the labor movement and reached several hundred thousand union members. After that, he joined the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau where he was a subject matter expert on financial education and empowerment. Zach has taught investment and financial planning topics to groups all around the country and has served individual clients for 15 years. His writing has appeared in Vox, The Billfold, and Greater Greater Washington. He has taught at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Brown Alumni Association, National Labor College, Congressional Hispanic Staff Association, DC Bar Association, Tzedek DC, Jews United for Justice, The DCJCC, 6th+I, the National Havurah Institute, and for dozens of unions and union locals. 

Zach lives with his family in Petworth where he is the former chairperson of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission. He is active in progressive politics and recently led Councilmember Janeese Lewis George’s successful run for office as a champion who puts people first. Zach loves parenting, playing ultimate frisbee, baking, and the joy/agony of life as a Philadelphia sports fan. He graduated from Brown University with honors and concentrations in Economic Sociology and Organizational Behavior.  

Values Added Financial helps progressives build thoughtful, prosperous, impactful financial lives. By making smart financial decisions based on their values, clients can attain financial security, live lives they feel good about, and make the world better.

We focus on meeting the needs of people who want a long-term advisor to help them as their lives evolve over time. We are committed to feminism, economic equality, and other areas of justice and social change. If you happen to share these values or have other closely held ones, it is important to find someone who understands them and can help you apply them to these topics.

Fee-Only, Fiduciary, Independent: Three Important Criteria to Consider When Choosing a Financial Advisor.


  • Comprehensive Financial Planning
  • Retirement Income Planning
  • Investment Management
  • College Education Planning
  • Tax Planning

Ideal Clients

  • Retirees and Near Retirees
  • Growing Families
  • Business Owners and Executives
  • Sudden Money Situations
  • Novice Investors

Working Together

  • In-Office Meetings
  • Virtual Meetings
  • Clearly Defined Fees
  • No Product Sales
  • Complimentary Initial Consultation

Professional Designations & Affiliations

  • Alliance of Comprehensive Planners
    Zach Teutsch is a Member of the Alliance of Comprehensive Planners (ACP)

    Alliance of Comprehensive Planners (ACP) is the community of tax-focused financial planners that operate under the retainer model. Passionately dedicated to superb client service, ACP planners’ only source of income is client retainer fees – not commissions. With an ACP planner, you can be confident you’re getting experience, knowledge, research, and most importantly, advice that is tailored just for you.

  • Kinder Institute
    Zach Teutsch Has Received Training at the The Kinder Institute of Life Planning

    The Kinder Institute trains and coaches financial advisors worldwide in a method we call financial Life Planning. This method is based on the premise that advisors should first discover a client’s most essential goals in life before formulating a financial plan, so a client’s finances fully support those goals.

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Office Locations:

  • By Appointment Only
    Washington, DC 20001

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