What We Do

CommonBond lowers the cost of higher education in the U.S. The platform connects student and graduate borrowers with individual and institutional investors to save borrowers money on their student loans and allow investors to earn a financial return.

The company launched at Wharton in 2012, and on the heels of raising over $100 million expanded to 25 MBA programs in 2013. In 2014, the company is expanding into Law, Medical and Engineering graduate programs.

CommonBond has funded millions of dollars of student loans so far, and plans to fund or refinance as much as $100 million of student debt by the end of 2014.

Our Mission

Our mission is to make education more accessible.

First, through our core competency. We lower the cost of financing higher education in the U.S. By lowering the cost threshold, we make the higher degree more attainable.

Second, through our Social Promise. For every degree fully funded on the CommonBond platform, the company funds the education of a student in need abroad for a full year.

Meet the Team

David Klein

Co-Founder & CEO

"We firmly believe that business can and should be a positive force for change."

Michael Taormina

Co-Founder & CFO

Jessup Shean


John Birge

Chief Risk Officer

Robb Granado

General Manager

Mark Hanna

Head of Product

Molly Dince


Nathan Howard


Kaitlin Butler

Marketing Manager

Jeffrey McCary


Jeff Slater


Jessie Chen


Shoum Chakravarti


Mike Brotzman

Lead Developer

Matt Levin

Head of Business Development

Julianna Young

Operations Lead

We are Hiring!

Want to help build the platform that will transform the finance industry? Start with the broken student loan market! Learn More >

Meet Our Investors

Vikram Pandit

Former CEO, Citigroup

Tom Glocer

Former Chief Executive Officer, Thomson Reuters

Tom Kalaris

Former Chief Executive of Wealth Management, Barclays

Brian Hirsch

Managing Partner, Tribeca Venture Partners

Ted Maidenberg

Partner, The Social + Capital Partnership

Meet Our Featured Borrowers


Yorktown Heights, NY · Class of '14

"I decided to go to business school to start living the life I imagined."


Lansing, MI + Mexico City, Mexico · Class of '13

"I want to build products that enrich people's lives."


Detroit, MI · Class of '13

"I have to make my money work hard for me. Just looking at the math and the rates, CommonBond was an easy choice for me."


Grand Forks, ND · Class of '15

"After 10-15 years in the private sector, I'd like to bring that experience back to public service at the state or federal level."


Binghamton, NY · Class of '13

"I know that I need to look beyond just the bottom-line in whatever I do."


San Francisco, CA · Class of '13

"My plan is to help our country achieve energy independence."


Steamboat Springs, CO · Class of '14

"I'm using my CommonBond funding to put me through business school and transition into a real estate development career."


Seekonk, MA · Class of '13

"I'd love to own my own business some day. I'm interested in art and finance, so I'd like to do something in the art investing space."


East Hampton, CT · Class of '13

"Ultimately, I'd love to start my own company and run it. I like the idea of having something I can pass down to my kids."