FUNDING U

The College Completion Company
A Simple Vision

You have what it takes to succeed. You are determined to graduate and get started on your career. You know that a four-year degree is worth it; but - even after your federal loans, Pell grants, other gifts, scholarships, and savings, school still costs a lot.

At FundingU our mission is to ensure that students like you can get the last gap funds you need to graduate on time. It’s actually pretty simple math. Your academic progress shows you will graduate. Your major and summer/school job record prove you are on track to get a good job. Your projected earnings indicate you will be able to pay back your loan. Oh – and here is the ‘secret sauce’ part - students like you are responsible. You take your life goals and commitments seriously. Nothing has been handed to you. You understand how to work for success.

At FundingU, we fund the underdog engineer who lifeguards every summer; the upstart nurse who is one semester away from earning her degree; the unknown business major who tutors on the side to make ends meet. Like you, we are a little guy - compared to the big bank lenders - but we know potential when we see it. It is you.

At FundingU, we fund you.

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JEANNIE TARKENTON
Founder + CEO
Jeannie has 20+ years of experience in marketing, strategy, and fundraising in consumer products, start-ups, secondary education, and the nonprofit sector, having acted in management and strategic consulting roles across several organizations. B.A. Princeton University.
JESSE DYER
Cofounder + COO
Jesse has 10+ years commercial lending and banking experience, most recently as VP of Lending for a $20M SEC Reg A approved real estate lending marketplace. Founder and CEO of the P2P patent-pending mobile payments platform, MeetMePay, Inc. B.A. University of Texas at Austin; M.B.A. Georgia Institute of Technology.
PETER DeWEESE
CTO
Peter has 18+ years of experience bringing software products to the market and enterprise for financial, healthcare, media, government, and other industries. B.S. Computer Science, Virginia Tech.
PATRICK KANDIANIS
Chief Revenue Officer
Patrick has 25+ years of experience as a startup entrepreneur with a strong background in student lending and education. As VP of Business Development at First Marblehead Corp. (FMD), he led the company's sales efforts on its GATE university partnership loan prior to its IPO. In 2005 he co-founded SimpleTuition, the leading student loan comparison site and guided its growth until it was sold to LendingTree (TREE) in 2016. Early in his career he was a Director of Business Development at Jenzabar.
DAVIS KING
Chief Risk + Data Advisor
Davis brings 14 years of quantitative finance and banking experience, most recently as a Managing Director at Bank of America, where he developed multiple quantitative innovations and led a team responsible for several fixed income pricing models. B.A., Princeton University; M.S. Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology; Certificate in Computational Finance, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University.
BRIAN McLEAN
Director of Enterprise Risk
Brian brings over 30 years of banking and risk experience with the Royal Bank of Canada. As a seasoned bank executive, Brian helps craft lending and risk policy for Funding U. BA from University of British Columbia, MBA from McMaster.
GABRIEL TUNGGALA
Social Media and Marketing Coordinator
Gabriel adeptly and energetically drives the Funding U marketing, office management, and customer support efforts. Georgia Perimeter College and Atlanta Leadership College.
MARCEL CLAXTON
Graphic Designer
Marcel has 20+ years of international designing experience in digital and print products, from the simplest icon to extensive brand portfolios. B.S. Computer Science, Eindhoven Tech.
CHEN LING
Risk Officer + Data Analyst
Chen brings 4 years of experience managing risk and designing risk control plans for financial services companies, including Hong Kong-Shanghai Bank Corp. B.S. Georgia Institute of Technology.
MO SHEN
Product Development / UX Designer
Mo has 5+ years of experience in product design and development, user experience design, and operations research. She has previously worked with a team of engineers to win the 2015 INFORMS DGWGOR Honorable Mention Award. B.S. Georgia Institute of Technology.
Rick Kohrumel
Chief Compliance Advsior
Rick brings over 30+ years of compliance expertise having worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for over a decade along with numerous financial institutions throughout his career. His expertise covers AML, fair lending, and deposit compliance to name a few. B.S from Marist College, MBA from NYU.

Board of Directors

WALTER BALMAS
Chief Credit Officer FUTR, Inc. Former, VP/ Strategic Services - Product, Loan, Originations, SoFi
LORA ROBERTSON
Retired Partner, Goldman Sachs & Co; Board member, Student Success Partners
TODD EICHER
CEO, TME Ventures, Former, CEO Nelnet Enrollment Services/Petersons

Our Advisory Board

Funding University benefits from the expertise of several advisors, including currently enrolled students and professionals in fields of education, financial aid, technology, data analysis, finance and lending.

KEN BERNHARDT
Marketing Consultant and Regents Professor of Marketing Emeritus at Georgia State University
JOHN DZIADZIO
Managing Director, Lehman Brothers Holdings Principal, Betterton College Planning; Principal, ePrep
ROBERT MUSSLEWHITE
Chairman and CEO, The Advisory Board Company
CONOR NEU
Managing Director, Evolution Capital
ANGIE NEWELL
Manager of School Outreach/Risk Share for Funding U VP, Student and and School Services, Georgia Student Finance Commission (retired)
GREG SAGER
Advisory Legal Counsel for Funding U Senior Counsel, LendUp
PAUL SIMS
COO, Kredible
KERI SVANCARA
Advisory Capital Markets Director for Funding U Managing Director, Capital Markets, East West Bank