Edquity is the first emergency aid technology platform for today’s college students.

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Who we are

At Edquity, we believe in addressing economic injustices by using higher education as a means to narrow equity gaps, accumulate wealth, and facilitate social mobility. No student should have to pause or terminate her, his, or their educational aspirations because of a financial or basic needs emergency. Join us and our postsecondary partners in increasing access to emergency resources and funding. Together, we can create a future where students get the help they need, when they need it.

Edquity is a technology provider based in Brooklyn, NY that helps colleges improve students’ basic needs and financial security by increasing access to emergency resources and funding. To help students, including the 3 million who drop out every year due to a time-sensitive financial crisis of less than $500, Edquity provides partner colleges with a white-labeled mobile app and web platform where students can apply for emergency cash grants, discover emergency resources, receive personalized financial management, and more. At our core, we’re an anti-poverty company working to create a world where financial outcomes aren’t predetermined by a person’s race, sexual orientation, or geographic location.

Our values

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Do the right thing
We also do the right thing by students – and by each other – which we know is often the hard thing.
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Edquity = Equity
At Edquity, we strive to promote equity in outcomes – around credential attainment, financial health, and the ability to build wealth.
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Move fast to fix things
We move fast as Edquity, but unlike at some other companies, we try to fix a broken society – not break further what's already broken.
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Practice empathy
No one actively chooses to face financial difficulty. We are here to be helpful as best we can and want to lead by listening.
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Do the work
The problems we're solving for are massive, but we aren't afraid to roll up our sleeves to serve and advocate on behalf of our students.
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Be constantly learning
There is so much to do and so much we don't know. Besides trust, constant learning is the most prized currency at Edquity.
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Be anti-racist
We ensure that our products and every behavior we engage in are targeting racism, and fight against racism when we see it.

Join our growing team!

We are always looking for amazing people to join our team. If you’re as mission-driven as us and want to help shape the future of college basic needs insecurity, check out our job openings below and apply today. 

Don’t see the position for you? We’d still love to hear from you so we can consider you for future opportunities.

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The Team

David Helene
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Sara Goldrick-Rab
Chief Strategy Officer

Product

Sanket Karuri
Head of Product
Jameelah Young
Data Analytics Lead
Keyarash Jahanian
Product Manager
Leobardo Gudino
Product Designer
Sophie Chow
Head of Design

Partner and Student Success

Sonal Chauhan Patel
Head of Student & Partner Success
Akshay Anikhindi
Student Success Representative
Danté Hutchinson
Student Success Representative
Laura Valadakis
Senior Partner Success Manager
Mary Lewis
Student Success Representative
Melanie Butron
Partner Success Manager
Meredith Horning-Rao
Partner Operations Manager

Development and Engineering

Marc Yarbro
VP of Engineering
Alejandro Gomez
QA Engineer
Anna Cottrill
QA Engineer
Baher Hedayati
Senior Backend Engineer
Caitlin Lamprecht
Software Engineer
Ian Sabey
DevOps Engineer
Jack Skrable
Software Engineer
Kashif Stone
DevOps Engineer
Paul Brassard
Staff DevOps Engineer
Samantha Landen
Staff Software Engineer

Operations and People Management

A.T. McWilliams
Chief Operating Officer
Jamie Kingston
Head of People

Business Development

Dana DeLapi
Director of Marketing
Michael Hollis
Sales Director
Christine Liaw
Business Development Manager
Nichole Acevedo
Senior Business Development Associate

Check out an overview of Edquity below:

Join our growing team!

We are always looking for amazing people to join the Edquity team. We value our culture as much as we value our mission. So if helping us shape the future of college basic needs insecurity sounds like something you’d love to do with a group of folks who feel the same way, then check out our job openings and apply today!

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Being ourselves together

The Edquity team is excited to be on this journey of empowering students and alleviating basic needs insecurity.

Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene

David Helene is a lifelong Brooklyn boy.  After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.  When he's not fighting for equity and  justice in higher education, he's likely playing soccer or basketball, quoting Parks and Recreation, or lamenting the state of New York professional sports.

Student Success Representative
Mary Lewis
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene

David Helene is a lifelong Brooklyn boy.  After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.  When he's not fighting for equity and  justice in higher education, he's likely playing soccer or basketball, quoting Parks and Recreation, or lamenting the state of New York professional sports.

Chief Operating Officer
A.T. McWilliams
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene

David Helene is a lifelong Brooklyn boy.  After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.  When he's not fighting for equity and  justice in higher education, he's likely playing soccer or basketball, quoting Parks and Recreation, or lamenting the state of New York professional sports.

Senior Backend Engineer
Baher Hedayati
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene

David Helene is a lifelong Brooklyn boy.  After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.  When he's not fighting for equity and  justice in higher education, he's likely playing soccer or basketball, quoting Parks and Recreation, or lamenting the state of New York professional sports.

Head of Product
Sanket Karuri
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene

David Helene is a lifelong Brooklyn boy.  After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.  When he's not fighting for equity and  justice in higher education, he's likely playing soccer or basketball, quoting Parks and Recreation, or lamenting the state of New York professional sports.

Business Development Manager
Christine Liaw
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene

David Helene is a lifelong Brooklyn boy.  After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.  When he's not fighting for equity and  justice in higher education, he's likely playing soccer or basketball, quoting Parks and Recreation, or lamenting the state of New York professional sports.

Product Manager
Keyarash Jahanian
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene

David Helene is a lifelong Brooklyn boy.  After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.  When he's not fighting for equity and  justice in higher education, he's likely playing soccer or basketball, quoting Parks and Recreation, or lamenting the state of New York professional sports.

Senior Business Development Associate
Nichole Acevedo
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene

David Helene is a lifelong Brooklyn boy.  After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.  When he's not fighting for equity and  justice in higher education, he's likely playing soccer or basketball, quoting Parks and Recreation, or lamenting the state of New York professional sports.

Sales Director
Michael Hollis
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene

David Helene is a lifelong Brooklyn boy.  After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.  When he's not fighting for equity and  justice in higher education, he's likely playing soccer or basketball, quoting Parks and Recreation, or lamenting the state of New York professional sports.

DevOps Engineer
Ian Sabey
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene

David Helene is a lifelong Brooklyn boy.  After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.  When he's not fighting for equity and  justice in higher education, he's likely playing soccer or basketball, quoting Parks and Recreation, or lamenting the state of New York professional sports.

QA Engineer
Alejandro Gomez
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene

David Helene is a lifelong Brooklyn boy.  After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.  When he's not fighting for equity and  justice in higher education, he's likely playing soccer or basketball, quoting Parks and Recreation, or lamenting the state of New York professional sports.

Head of Student & Partner Success
Sonal Chauhan Patel
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene

David Helene is a lifelong Brooklyn boy.  After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.  When he's not fighting for equity and  justice in higher education, he's likely playing soccer or basketball, quoting Parks and Recreation, or lamenting the state of New York professional sports.

Staff DevOps Engineer
Paul Brassard
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene

David Helene is a lifelong Brooklyn boy.  After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.  When he's not fighting for equity and  justice in higher education, he's likely playing soccer or basketball, quoting Parks and Recreation, or lamenting the state of New York professional sports.

Partner Success Manager
Melanie Butron
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene

David Helene is a lifelong Brooklyn boy.  After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.  When he's not fighting for equity and  justice in higher education, he's likely playing soccer or basketball, quoting Parks and Recreation, or lamenting the state of New York professional sports.

Head of People
Jamie Kingston
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene

David Helene is a lifelong Brooklyn boy.  After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.  When he's not fighting for equity and  justice in higher education, he's likely playing soccer or basketball, quoting Parks and Recreation, or lamenting the state of New York professional sports.

Head of Design
Sophie Chow
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene

David Helene is a lifelong Brooklyn boy.  After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.  When he's not fighting for equity and  justice in higher education, he's likely playing soccer or basketball, quoting Parks and Recreation, or lamenting the state of New York professional sports.

QA Engineer
Anna Cottrill
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene

David Helene is a lifelong Brooklyn boy.  After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.  When he's not fighting for equity and  justice in higher education, he's likely playing soccer or basketball, quoting Parks and Recreation, or lamenting the state of New York professional sports.

VP of Engineering
Marc Yarbro
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene

David Helene is a lifelong Brooklyn boy.  After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.  When he's not fighting for equity and  justice in higher education, he's likely playing soccer or basketball, quoting Parks and Recreation, or lamenting the state of New York professional sports.

Student Success Representative
Akshay Anikhindi
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene

David Helene is a lifelong Brooklyn boy.  After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.  When he's not fighting for equity and  justice in higher education, he's likely playing soccer or basketball, quoting Parks and Recreation, or lamenting the state of New York professional sports.

DevOps Engineer
Kashif Stone
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene

David Helene is a lifelong Brooklyn boy.  After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.  When he's not fighting for equity and  justice in higher education, he's likely playing soccer or basketball, quoting Parks and Recreation, or lamenting the state of New York professional sports.

Chief Strategy Officer
Sara Goldrick-Rab
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene

David Helene is a lifelong Brooklyn boy.  After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.  When he's not fighting for equity and  justice in higher education, he's likely playing soccer or basketball, quoting Parks and Recreation, or lamenting the state of New York professional sports.

Data Analytics Lead
Jameelah Young
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene

David Helene is a lifelong Brooklyn boy.  After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.  When he's not fighting for equity and  justice in higher education, he's likely playing soccer or basketball, quoting Parks and Recreation, or lamenting the state of New York professional sports.

Software Engineer
Caitlin Lamprecht
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene

David Helene is a lifelong Brooklyn boy.  After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.  When he's not fighting for equity and  justice in higher education, he's likely playing soccer or basketball, quoting Parks and Recreation, or lamenting the state of New York professional sports.

Student Success Representative
Danté Hutchinson
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene

David Helene is a lifelong Brooklyn boy.  After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.  When he's not fighting for equity and  justice in higher education, he's likely playing soccer or basketball, quoting Parks and Recreation, or lamenting the state of New York professional sports.

Partner Operations Manager
Meredith Horning-Rao
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene

David Helene is a lifelong Brooklyn boy.  After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.  When he's not fighting for equity and  justice in higher education, he's likely playing soccer or basketball, quoting Parks and Recreation, or lamenting the state of New York professional sports.

Software Engineer
Jack Skrable
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene

David Helene is a lifelong Brooklyn boy.  After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.  When he's not fighting for equity and  justice in higher education, he's likely playing soccer or basketball, quoting Parks and Recreation, or lamenting the state of New York professional sports.

Staff Software Engineer
Samantha Landen
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene

David Helene is a lifelong Brooklyn boy.  After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.  When he's not fighting for equity and  justice in higher education, he's likely playing soccer or basketball, quoting Parks and Recreation, or lamenting the state of New York professional sports.

Product Designer
Leobardo Gudino
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene

David Helene is a lifelong Brooklyn boy.  After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.  When he's not fighting for equity and  justice in higher education, he's likely playing soccer or basketball, quoting Parks and Recreation, or lamenting the state of New York professional sports.

Director of Marketing
Dana DeLapi
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene

David Helene is a lifelong Brooklyn boy.  After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.  When he's not fighting for equity and  justice in higher education, he's likely playing soccer or basketball, quoting Parks and Recreation, or lamenting the state of New York professional sports.

Senior Partner Success Manager
Laura Valadakis
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene

David Helene is a lifelong Brooklyn boy.  After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.  When he's not fighting for equity and  justice in higher education, he's likely playing soccer or basketball, quoting Parks and Recreation, or lamenting the state of New York professional sports.

Edquity Team
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene

David Helene is a lifelong Brooklyn boy.  After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.  When he's not fighting for equity and  justice in higher education, he's likely playing soccer or basketball, quoting Parks and Recreation, or lamenting the state of New York professional sports.

Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene
Chief Operating Officer
A.T. McWilliams
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
David Helene
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