About Us

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

Team

Tess Michaels

Chief Executive Officer

  • Serial entrepreneur 

  • Goldman Sachs

  • Vista Equity

  • MBA, Harvard Business School

  • Impact Investing at Wharton​

David Kafafian

Chief Operating Officer

  • Serial entrepreneur - Early entrant into ISA space

  • Investment banking at JPMorgan

  • Senior Watson Analytics Consultant at IBM

  • Harvard Law School graduate

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 

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

Scott Russian

Director of Finance

  • Finance Executive and Credit Expert

  • Liberty Mutual Insurance

  • Intel Corporation

  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

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

Student Supporters

Stride Funding was built with students in mind.

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

Advisors

Deborah Quazzo

  • Managing Partner of GSV Ventures

  • Investor in Coursera, CampusLogic, Degreed

  • 16 years investment banking at Merrill Lynch, JPMorgan

Tina Sharkey

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

  • Serial entrepreneur

  • Expert on D2C branding and community building

Dre Bennin

  • CEO of Juvo Ventures

  • Managing Director at Strada Education 

Max P. Michaels

  • Former Head of IBM Networks

  • Investment banking (Financial Institutions) at Morgan Stanley

  • Strategist at McKinsey, Cisco, AT&T ​ ​

Doug Levin

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

  • Harvard / MIT Faculty

  • Expert on software development

Partners and Sponsors

Careers: Join the Stride Squad

We're currently hiring a Business Operations & Customer Success ManagerDirector of Data Science and Advanced Analytics, and Customer Success Intern. Visit our Careers page for more info or email joinstride@stridefunding.com.

Want to learn more?

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Dallas | Boston | Los Angeles 

PO Box 660675, PMB 70567
Dallas, TX 75266

© Stride Funding, Inc. 2021 -- formerly AlmaPact

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