What We Do

CommonBond lowers the cost of graduate education in the U.S. Our platform saves borrowers money on their student loans and allows investors to earn a financial return.

CommonBond is a values-driven financial services company and we are reimagining finance as community, not commodity. Our mission is to deliver service through advocacy, simplicity through technology, community built on human connections, value, and a Social Promise to help empower underprivileged communities.

The company launched at Wharton in 2012, and on the heels of raising over $100 million expanded to 25 MBA programs in 2013. We now serve over 700 graduate programs across the U.S.

CommonBond has funded or refinanced over $100 million dollars of student loans and we are working on expanding to serve even more students and graduates in 2015.

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


Robb Granado


Phil DeGisi

Head of Marketing

Mark Hanna

Head of Product

Nathan Howard


Molly Dince


Kaitlin Butler

Marketing Manager

Jeffrey McCary


Jeff Slater


Jessie Chen


Mike Brotzman

Lead Developer

Julianna Young

VP, Operations

Mike Vigario

Finance Manager

Milena Arciszewski

Head of Community

Matt Myers

Head of Customer Acquisition

Alison Miller

Email Marketing Manager

James Gilligan


Ruby Bagedonow


Glenna DeRoy

Product Manager

Michelle Sarhis

Director of Talent Acquisition

Caryn Ganeles


Mary Brown


Ting-Ting Zhou


Piyal Basu


Dylan Schuler

Special Assistant to the CEO

We are Hiring!

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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


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."


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."