About Us


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

The Team

Ted Gonder

Co-Founder & CEO

In college, struck by the poverty around his ivy-decked campus, Ted started Moneythink to help even the odds for local students.


Nathan Ranney

Director of Product

Nate is dedicated to creating greater opportunity through education. He’s thrilled to work at the intersection of technology and meaningful user problems, and is excited to be part of an unstoppable team that is addressing an issue of critical importance for America.

Mareko Prior

Director of Coaching Programs

Mareko, an alumna from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, doesn’t believe a student’s zip code should determine their likelihood of success. She proudly serves with Moneythink to create more equitable access to college and financial success across communities.

Elizabeth Ballinger-Dix

Moneythink Coach

Elizabeth is an Amherst College graduate and Fulbright alum who grew up in Oregon. As a first generation college grad who transferred from a community college, she is motivated to help other underrepresented students with navigating college and reaching their educational goals.

Miesha Clipper-Willis

Moneythink Coach

A first-generation college graduate and second-generation Californian, Miesha’s passion for educational equity and closing the social, academic, and financial gaps for aspiring college students has led her to join the Moneythink team where she can contribute to the exciting expansion of the College Financial Success Program across the country.

Juan Cortes

Moneythink Coach

Juan is a UC Berkeley Alum who lives and works out of the SF Bay area. Having experienced first hand the challenges facing first generation college students, he passionately works on connecting students to the college resources they deserve in order to create an equitable future for all students.

Michael Jank

Senior Manager of Development & Partnerships

A Chicago native and Indiana University alum, Mike leads Moneythink's fundraising efforts, and partner and supporter engagement strategy, and is driven to help create greater equity in the education system. When not obsessing over how to better engage folks in our mission, he can be found playing soccer or riding his bike around Chicago.

Marcus Ma

Moneythink Coach

Marcus is a University of Washington-Seattle Alum and has served two terms in an Americorps funded program called Public Allies. Being a first-generation college student, he understands the challenges of navigating the college finance system. He is driven by this identity to serve the ongoing generations of college bound students and to create a more equitable future.

Amy Malinowski

UX / UI Design Lead

Amy is obsessed with designing experiences that empower high school and college students to have more confidence, more money, and less stress.

Ben May

Associate Product Manager

Former Moneythink Mentor and Ole Miss Moneythink Chapter President, Ben is driven by Moneythink’s dedication to improving the landscape of financial education in areas of need.

Liz Pattermann

Engineering Manager

Liz is delighted to engage in Moneythink's mission by leveraging technology to help students across the nation navigate the labyrinthine landscape of college financial decisions. She enjoys the magnificence of biking, the beauty of language, and the inevitability of transformation.

Stephanie Sauer

Development & Operations Coordinator

Stephanie is a UW-Madison Alumna and Chicago native. Knowing the difficult obstacles college finances can create for students of all backgrounds, she's passionate about Moneythink's work in helping students across the country achieve their dreams of higher education.

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.

Kevin Goldsmith


Kevin comes to Moneythink with a decade’s worth of experience as the Originations Manager for the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Group at Chase. As Moneythink’s Board Treasurer, Kevin helps guide the organization’s financial strategy and keep the organization financially healthy.

Sarah Gordon

Board Member

As a Vice President at the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI), Sarah leads the organization’s efforts to foster promising product, service, and strategy innovations that advance consumer financial health.

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.

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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