Peyton Swift (she/they) works in Operations at Daylight. She studied psychology and criminal justice at George Washington University and has experience in helping build fintech startups. Most recently Peyton worked at Savi, a startup helping people with their student loans. Peyton is excited to use her lived experience as a biracial lesbian to make Daylight the best possible banking platform for the community.
What steps led you to Daylight?
It was all thanks to the Out In Tech Slack group! I was actually clearing my Slack notifications (I hate having any notifications) and I saw a message from Billie about an open position. I figured, why not? So I messaged her and we had a lovely conversation. After our initial chat, I realized I was really excited about Daylight and the potential opportunity to help with building a digital banking platform for the LGBT+ community. Everything worked out and here I am, and I couldn’t be more grateful.
When was the first time you thought about money?
The first time I can remember thinking about money was when I was younger and my elementary school would have a donut sale every Friday. Donuts were 75 cents each, so most people would just pay with a dollar and get a quarter in change. My three siblings and I never wanted to ask our mom for money for donut day because we didn’t want to stress her out, so we would ask everyone who had a donut if we could have their change until we’d all saved up enough to each get a donut ourselves.
What was your “aha” moment with money?
When I was a freshman in college I got a credit card because my bank encouraged me to. I figured I would use it for small purchases to build up credit and learn how to be responsible with money, and it was exciting! Except then I would use my credit card for almost everything. Two months and $3,000 in debt later, I realized I couldn’t just spend money and “figure it out later” and that I actually needed to learn how to budget and prioritize my spending. It took me until a year after I had graduated from college to pay down all my debt, and now I’m much more conscious of budgeting and my spending, especially when it comes to credit.
What do you do outside of work?
I have a dog, so I spend a lot of time lounging around with her. I also am a big sports fan so I will watch almost any sport if it’s on. Favorites are rugby, football, soccer, hockey, and MMA. I’m also a huge sci-fi and fantasy fan, so I read a lot. I just finished Dune, which was amazing. I’m about to start a re-read of the Stormlight Archive (you should absolutely read it if you haven’t.) I play lots of video games and am currently replaying The Last of Us Part 2. Finally, when it isn’t a pandemic I love to get drinks with my friends and just chat and enjoy being with them.
Favorite LGBT+ business?
A League of Her Own in DC is easily my #1. Everyone there is friendly and it is a really fun space. Unfortunately, they’re closed right now, but you can still support them if you buy some merch from their website!