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AlmaPact is now Stride

Stride Funding is the trade name of ALMAPACT INC., 

a C Corporation funded by institutional investors.




San Francisco

© Stride 2020

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For students

Stride Funding was built with students in mind. With Stride, you never pay more than you can afford. Our Income Share Agreements offer students an innovative alternative to student loans.


  • Serial entrepreneur 

  • Investment banking at Goldman Sachs

  • Private equity at Vista Equity

  • MBA, Harvard Business School

  • Impact Investing at Wharton

Chief Executive Officer

Tess Michaels

  • Serial entrepreneur - Early entrant into ISA space

  • Investment banking at JPMorgan

  • Senior Watson Analytics Consultant at IBM

  • Harvard Law School graduate

VP, Business Development & Operations

David Kafafian

  • Expert in FinTech product marketing

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

  • Market Research at UT Austin

Senior Marketing Manager

Ryan Gardner

  • Serial entrepreneur 

  • Early entrant into ISA space as founder of Base Capital

  • Former CEO of Lumni USA 

Senior Technology Consultant

Brendan Florez

  • Expert in marketing and economics

  • Economics Research at Harvard

  • Started global nonprofit Kids Tales


Estela Lacombe França

  • Student financing veteran       

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

  • Early hire at SoFi

Chief Revenue Officer

Patrick J. Conner

  • Former GM at IBM

  • Investment banking (Financial Institutions) at Morgan Stanley

  • Strategist at McKinsey, Cisco, AT&T

Chief Investment Officer

Max P. Michaels

  • Predictive income and financial models expert

  • AI Researcher

  • Winner of Amazon's 2019 Alexa Hackathon

Data Scientist

Aidan O'Gara

  • Expert in customer engagement, economics, and marketing

  • Economics Research at Harvard

  • Captain of Harvard Club Soccer

Student Engagement & Operations

Chris Scazzero

  • Economics Research at Harvard 

  • Market research and product development

  • Consumer Investment Management at Goldman Sachs

Data Science

Regan Brady


  • Managing Partner of GSV Ventures

  • Investor in Coursera, CampusLogic, Degreed

  • 16 years investment banking at Merrill Lynch, JPMorgan

Deborah Quazzo

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

  • Serial entrepreneur

  • Expert on D2C branding and community building

Tina Sharkey

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

  • Harvard / MIT Faculty

  • Expert on software development

Doug Levin

Partners and Sponsors

Careers: Join the Stride Squad

We're Hiring! Apply Today

We’re growing the Stride Squad and hiring for both our Dallas and NYC offices. We’re looking for swiss army knives that thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and are ready to make a real impact on this world, together. We love coming into work – every day is different, exciting, and meaningful.

-Marketing Manager

-Sales Development Manager

-Customer Success Manager

-Director of Product / Engineering

-Data Scientist

-Financial Analyst

Visit our Careers page for more info. Email joinstride@stridefunding.com with your resume or LinkedIn to apply. You're welcome to send a cover letter, but it's optional. 

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