Funding University is an new kind of student lender with a simple vision. We provide a “college completion” loan solution for successful students who find themselves facing a last gap in funding needed to achieve a valuable 4-year degree. We know that smart students tap all other sources - grants, aid, and low cost federal loans - but that, at today’s college costs, too many of them still can not access the money they need to get to the finish line. Since our founding in early 2015, we have found that a lot of people agree with us – and these investors, board members, advisors, and strategic partners are fueling our expansion. We couldn’t be more excited to be welcoming over 1,000 new student borrowers to join us in 2017 as we expand to over 11 new states.

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OUR TEAM
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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.

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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.

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PETER DeWEESE
CTO

Peter has 17+ 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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WALTER BALMAS

Chief Credit Officer FUTR, Inc. Former, VP/ Strategic Services - Product, Loan, Originations, SoFi

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LORA ROBERTSON

Retired Partner, Goldman Sachs & Co; Board member, Student Success Partners

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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
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MEET JUST A FEW OF THEM:

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