About Us

Stride Funding was built with students in mind. Our Income Share Agreements offer students an innovative alternative to student loans.


Tess Michaels

Chief Executive Officer

  • Serial entrepreneur 

  • Goldman Sachs

  • Vista Equity

  • MBA, Harvard Business School

  • Impact Investing at Wharton​

David Kafafian

VP, Business Development & Operations

  • Serial entrepreneur - Early entrant into ISA space

  • Investment banking at JPMorgan

  • Senior Watson Analytics Consultant at IBM

  • Harvard Law School graduate

Ryan Gardner

Senior Marketing Manager

  • Expert in FinTech product marketing

  • 4 years in student loan space (Vault | Student Loan Genius)

  • Market Research at UT Austin

Aidan O'Gara

Data Scientist

  • Predictive income and financial models expert

  • AI Researcher

  • Winner of Amazon's 2019 Alexa Hackathon

Regan Brady

Strategy & Finance

  • Economics Research at Harvard 

  • Market research and product development

  • Consumer Investment Management at Goldman Sachs

Patrick J. Conner

Chief Revenue Officer

  • Student financing veteran       

  • 20+ years managing student loan portfolios at banks (Wells Fargo, JPMorgan, Santander)

  • Early hire at SoFi

Max P. Michaels

Chief Investment Officer

  • Former GM at IBM

  • Investment banking (Financial Institutions) at Morgan Stanley

  • Strategist at McKinsey, Cisco, AT&T

Jan Jaro

Senior Manager, Partnerships & Finance

  • ISAs and tech employment pathways at Opportunity@Work

  • 2 years of consulting at Strategy& and 2 years of private equity at H.I.G. Capital

  • Northwestern Industrial Engineering & Economics

Ellyse Spromberg

Customer Success Associate

  • 5+ years of customer support

  • Graduate from Arizona State University

  • Organizer for ASU 2019 PowHer conference

Brendan Florez

Senior Technology Consultant

  • Serial entrepreneur 

  • Early entrant into ISA space as founder of Base Capital

  • Former CEO of Lumni USA 

Student Supporters

Stride Funding was built with students in mind.

These remarkable student leaders at campuses across the country support Stride Funding.


Deborah Quazzo

  • Managing Partner of GSV Ventures

  • Investor in Coursera, CampusLogic, Degreed

  • 16 years investment banking at Merrill Lynch, JPMorgan

Doug Levin

  • Founder of Black Duck Software (sold to Synopsys for ~$550mm)

  • Harvard / MIT Faculty

  • Expert on software development

Tina Sharkey

  • Founder of Brandless (raised ~$300mm in venture funding)

  • Serial entrepreneur

  • Expert on D2C branding and community building

Dre Bennin

  • CEO of New U Venture Partners

  • Managing Director at Strada Education 

Partners and Sponsors

Careers: Join the Stride Squad

We're currently hiring a Financial Planning & Analysis Associate and Lead Software Engineer. Visit our Careers page for more info or email joinstride@stridefunding.com.

Want to learn more?

Dallas | New York City | Boston | LA

PO Box 660675, PMB 70567
Dallas, TX 75266

© Stride Funding, Inc. 2021 -- formerly AlmaPact

If you have questions regarding your ISA repayment,

visit our servicing partner, Knowledge Finance.


(214) 775-9960

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