About Us

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


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Tess Michaels

Chief Executive Officer

  • Serial entrepreneur 

  • Goldman Sachs

  • Vista Equity

  • MBA, Harvard Business School

  • Impact Investing at Wharton​

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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

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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

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Brendan Florez

Senior Technology Consultant

  • Serial entrepreneur 

  • Early entrant into ISA space as founder of Base Capital

  • Former CEO of Lumni USA

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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

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Scott Russian

Director of Finance

  • Finance Executive and Credit Expert

  • Liberty Mutual Insurance

  • Intel Corporation

  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

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Aidan O'Gara

Data Scientist

  • Predictive income and financial models expert

  • AI Researcher

  • Winner of Amazon's 2019 Alexa Hackathon

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Ellyse Spromberg

Customer Success Associate

  • 5+ years of customer support

  • Graduate from Arizona State University

  • Organizer for ASU 2019 PowHer conference

Student Supporters

Stride Funding was built with students in mind.

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


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Deborah Quazzo

  • Managing Partner of GSV Ventures

  • Investor in Coursera, CampusLogic, Degreed

  • 16 years investment banking at Merrill Lynch, JPMorgan

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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 

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Max P. Michaels

  • Former Head of IBM Networks

  • Investment banking (Financial Institutions) at Morgan Stanley

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

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Doug Levin

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

  • Harvard / MIT Faculty

  • Expert on software development

Partners and Sponsors

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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.

Stride Funding Team

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