About Us


Our team is comprised of motivated, empathetic individuals who are driven to help young aspiring scholars.

The Team

Joshua Lachs

Chief Executive Officer

As a former first-generation student struggling with college financing, Josh has a deep passion for the work at Moneythink. As CEO, Josh sets the strategic vision, bringing with him a 20+ year leadership career within social enterprise, workforce development, and education sectors. Prior to joining, he served as CBO at Net Impact, CEO at Breakthrough Collaborative, and Chief Officer of Workforce Development for Goodwill Industries. In his spare time, he provides executive coaching and mentorship to aspiring leaders. Josh earned his BA at UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) and graduate degrees from Columbia University.

Moneythink Product Director Sara OHearn
Sara O'Hearn

Director of Product

Sara is the Director of Product at Moneythink. Over a nearly 20-year career in educational technology, she has developed a wide variety of products for companies such as Nearpod, Cengage, Pearson, LeapFrog and Scholastic. Committed to providing all students with access to quality education, Sara also volunteers her time with several education nonprofits in the Bay Area, including First Graduate and a Board of Directors seat with FacesSF. Having funded her own college education, she is thrilled to help Moneythink empower students to explore opportunities and fund their own. Sara graduated with a BA in Russian Studies from Dalhousie University.

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Alexandra Shiluk

Director of Operations

Alex heads the operational side of all things Moneythink. She began her career in neuropsychiatry research, running clinical trials in hospitals across San Diego. Dissatisfied with the space between the cutting-edge treatments her team worked on and those offered she shifted her focus to business, co-founding a neurotechnology startup standardizing brain imaging analysis. Alex passionately believes in the equalizing power of healthcare and education and looks forward to a world where access is not determined by income. She holds a BA from UC San Diego.

Meredith Curry

Director of Education Partnerships

Meredith is the driver of Moneythink’s partnership development. Previously, Meredith served as the Founding Director of Operations at California College Guidance Initiative and the Executive Director at South Central Scholars. As a first-gen college student herself, Meredith knows firsthand that the financial side of college can be daunting and is inspired to partner with Moneythink ensuring students have access to the opportunities they deserve. Meredith earned her BA from UC Los Angeles and holds an MBA from CSU Long Beach. She is the founder of AdvancED Consulting, LLC.

Ben May

Product Manager

Ben joined Moneythink in college as a volunteer mentor where he developed a passion for education and nonprofit work. Since graduating from the University of Mississippi in 2014, Ben’s contributions span multiple roles. He currently supports Moneythink’s approach to data-driven decision-making through data analysis and product management and is excited by a future where there are fewer barriers to higher education.

John Tamrat

Community Engagement Manager

Prior to joining Moneythink, John supported students and families in education and workforce development as a Case Manager for Fresh Lifelines for Youth, Bay Area (CA) and Program Coordinator for Genesys Works, Twin Cities (MN). As a first-generation immigrant to the United States, he understands how difficult it can be to navigate the US education system with limited resources and support and believes educational opportunity shouldn’t come at the cost of financial security. John earned his BA from Goshen College and holds a MS from the University of Leed's Business School (UK).

Blessing Chirimbani
Blessing Chirimbani

Associate Development Manager

Alongside the CEO, Blessing fuels the design and implementation of Moneythink’s fundraising efforts. She began her career in nonprofit development and social impact with CAIR-SFBA. As an immigrant and graduate of the American higher education system, Blessing experienced many of the barriers faced by first-gen students. She’s motivated by Moneythink’s mission to increase access to higher education and provide resources that alleviate pressure and give students a fighting chance over their own futures. Blessing extends her leadership and passion for educational access as the co-founder of Kuvakana, a study abroad mentorship program for Southern African high school students. She graduated with two degrees from the University of Oklahoma in International Relations and Public and NonProfit Administration with a minor in International Development.

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Jonathan Newberry

UX / UI Design

Jonathan brings a diverse design and social innovation background focused on a human-centered approach to crafting products and services. He was most recently Senior Product Designer at the UNICEF Office of Innovation, where he led product design and research for projects like U-Report, currently connecting a community of 13 million young people globally. He has also worked to redesign refugee resettlement services with International Rescue Committee, with American Refugee Committee to design new ways for listening to refugee feedback in Uganda and Rwanda, and with IDEO.org to reimagine how to teach design thinking to a community of social innovators.

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Jillian Ward

Special Projects, Senior Advisor

Passionate about financial literacy, Jillian was first involved with Moneythink in 2012 as a co-founder of the Carnegie Mellon University chapter. Upon graduating with a BS in Economics and Statistics, Jillian worked at BNP Paribas and Barclays in strategy consulting and then transitioned to commercial strategy and sales engineering at high-growth tech start-ups. She applies these business experiences to her non-profit work with Moneythink. As a Moneythink mentor years ago, she helped students think through their financial choices such as how much college would cost and how to pay for it, conversations she now helps Moneythink make scalable. Supporting as a pro-bono consultant, Jillian helps drive critical projects across the organization.

The Board

Greg Nance

Chairman & Co-Founder

Greg loves to build things, tell stories, support others, and revel in nature. He brings vision, strategy, and education technology expertise to the organization.

Matt Taylor

Board Member

Matt joins Moneythink with an extensive background in nonprofits and social change. Before joining human-centered design firm IDEO.org, Matt was on the portfolio team at New Profit, where he helped social entrepreneurial organizations overcome barriers to scaling impact.

Patrice Berry

Board Member

Patrice is a FUSE Executive Fellow in the Office of Mayor Libby Schaaf in Oakland, CA, and the former Director of College Track East Palo Alto. She is a Ph.D candidate at Temple University, and a board member of the Prison University Project and Moneythink. Patrice likes to say, “When tech is student-inspired and data-driven, it looks like Moneythink.”

Gary Pelissier

Board Member

Gary’s mission is to use finance to preserve the American Dream. He currently works at Stripe on the Finance and Strategy team, advancing their mission to increase the GDP of the Internet and support global entrepreneurs. On joining Moneythink’s Board, he stated “College affordability is one of our generation’s most difficult problems and Moneythink has a proven scalable solution to address it.”

Leigh Phillips

Board Member

Leigh is the President & CEO of SaverLife, a national nonprofit helping working families achieve prosperity through savings, and was critical in leading SaverLife’s transformation from a local direct service organization to a leading financial technology nonprofit. She believes that getting more young people to and through college is one of the most important issues to solve as a society, saying "this is as much a financial challenge as an education challenge."

Jerry Nemorin

Board Member

Jerry is the Founder & CEO of the financial health platform, LendStreet, and is excited to apply his expertise in consumer and corporate finance to help close the education equity gap. He knows, firsthand, the disadvantages immigrant students face when considering how to finance their educations and sees Moneythink's tools as an innovative and scalable solution empowering students to make the best decision for their futures.

Ted Gondor
Ted Gonder

Board Emeritus

In college, struck by the poverty around his ivy-decked campus, Ted co-founded Moneythink to help even the odds for local students. Over the next 10 years, Ted led the organization as CEO and guided Moneythink from a small, college financial literacy tutoring club, to a national ed-tech nonprofit.

Sarah Gordon

Board Emeritus

As Chief Revenue Officer for the Financial Health Network, Sarah leads the organization’s efforts to foster promising product, service, and strategy innovations that advance consumer financial health.

Young Professionals Board

Our Young Professionals Board includes promising leaders at some of the world’s top companies and graduate programs. Board members drive the organization forward through community engagement and strategic planning.

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