About Us

Team & Board

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

Alexandra Shiluk, Mer Curry, and Jeanmarie Levy from Moneythink

The Team

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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. blessing@moneythink.org

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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.

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Jeanmarie Levy

Product Designer

Jeanmarie brings experience in advocacy, education, and technology to Moneythink. Within the product designer role, she is driven by the opportunity to combine her practitioner’s expertise in higher education with technology in order to design digital tools serving the most vulnerable populations. Previously, Jeanmarie served at Code For America where she led the design of an app for justice-impacted communities. As a first-generation college student, Jeanmarie is motivated by Moneythink’s mission of breaking down barriers in order to build long lasting systemic change for students like herself. She earned her BA from UC Santa Barbara and M.Ed from the University of Southern California and is the founder of the civic-tech nonprofit, Code For Santa Barbara. She enjoys practicing yoga, reading all the books, and playing with her dog. jeanmarie@moneythink.org

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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.

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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 FacesSF. She is thrilled to help Moneythink empower students to explore opportunities and fund their own education. Sara graduated with a BA in Russian Studies from Dalhousie University.

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Melissa Ramos

Content Manager

Melissa comes to Moneythink with experience in marketing, advertising, communications, and DEI — collaborating with various nonprofit organizations including Golden Gate Audubon Society. Passionate about equity and social justice, they believe all students deserve to go to college without incurring debt. Melissa’s goals are to expand Moneythink’s brand awareness and outreach so students do not have to navigate the college process alone. They have a BA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA in Technical and Creative Writing from California College of the Arts and are certified in DEI workplace training and strategy. In their free time, Melissa loves to cook, read, and practice mixed martial arts. They currently hold a brown belt in Kodokan Judo.

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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.

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Hannah Smith

Director of Education Partnerships

Hannah leads the partnership development strategy for Moneythink. Throughout her career, she has supported organizations aiming to reduce systemic barriers for students, bringing with her a deep commitment to equity and a strong belief in the value of high quality student support systems. She holds a BA in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley and a M.Ed from the Harvard Ed School. Prior to joining Moneythink, Hannah led the partnership and implementation strategy for the nonprofit managing California’s official college and career platform, CCGI, and provided coaching to educator and workforce teams as they developed intersegmental career pathways. Hannah also spent time in K-12 schools working as a counselor and college advisor. She loves yoga, hanging with her kids and walking in the woods.

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John Tamrat

Partner Success 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).

Board of Directors

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Greg Nance

Board Chair & Moneythink 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.

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Gary Pelissier

Board Treasurer

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.”

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Patrice Berry

Board Secretary

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.”

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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 education and sees Moneythink’s tools as an innovative and scalable solution empowering students to make the best decision for their futures.

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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.”

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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.

Board Emeritus

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Ted Gonder

Board Emeritus & Moneythink Co-Founder

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.

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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.

Moneythink Young Professionals Board

The Moneythink Young Professionals Board (YPB) is a group of young professional volunteers committed to keeping higher education and economic mobility within reach for all students. Learn more about the board and see our full team roster.

YPB Executive Board

Executive Chair
Rakhee Jain | ADAY (Philadelphia)

Marketing Chair
Ezgi Cubukcu | TransUnion (Chicago)

Partnerships Chairs
David Parker | VillageMD (Chicago)
Scott Nelson | Nielsen (Philadelphia)

Product Chairs
Lauren Tai | Square (San Francisco)
Neha Jagannath | Tala (San Francisco)

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