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

Co-Founder

Robb Granado

COO

Vinayak Gurjar

Chief Risk Officer

Phil DeGisi

Head of Marketing

Nathan Howard

Counsel

Mark Hanna

Head of Product

Matt Jacobs

Director of Engineering

Kaitlin Butler

Marketing Manager

Julie Steinhagen

Creative Director

Molly Dince

Brand

Jeffrey McCary

Developer

Jeff Slater

Developer

Jessie Chen

Design

Mike Brotzman

Lead Developer

Julianna Young

VP, Operations

Mike Vigario

Director of Financial Management

Matt Myers

Acquisition Marketing Manager

Alison Miller

Email Marketing Manager

James Gilligan

Operations

Ruby Bagedonow

Operations

Glenna DeRoy

Product Manager

Michelle Sarhis

Director of Talent Acquisition

Caryn Ganeles

Operations

Mary Brown

Operations

Ting-Ting Zhou

Operations

Piyal Basu

Developer

Dylan Schuler

Special Assistant to the CEO

Michaela Kron

PR Manager

Ashish Patel

Fullstack Developer

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

Mariana

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

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

Grace

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."

Andrew

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."

Chan

Binghamton, NY · Class of '13

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

Dan

San Francisco, CA · Class of '13

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

Tom

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."

Dan

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."