Funding University is a 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Chief Credit Officer FUTR, Inc. Former, VP/ Strategic Services - Product, Loan, Originations, SoFi
Retired Partner, Goldman Sachs & Co; Board member, Student Success Partners
CEO, TME Ventures, Former, CEO Nelnet Enrollment Services/Petersons
including currently enrolled students and professionals in fields of
education, financial aid, technology, data analysis, finance and lending
Marketing Consultant and Regents Professor of Marketing Emeritus at Georgia State University
Managing Director, Lehman Brothers Holdings Principal, Betterton College Planning; Principal, ePrep
Chairman and CEO, The Advisory Board Company
Managing Director, Evolution Capital
Manager of School Outreach/Risk Share for Funding U VP, Student and and School Services, Georgia Student Finance Commission (retired)
Advisory Legal Counsel for Funding U Senior Counsel, LendUp
Advisory Capital Markets Director for Funding U Managing Director, Capital Markets, East West Bank