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

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.

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Who we are

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 hold our behaviors to a high standard, and for the sake of our students, partners, and colleagues, we trust our collective moral compass
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Champion equity
We strive to promote equity in students’ outcomes: around credential attainment, financial health, and wealth accumulation.
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Focus on solutions
Unlike other companies, we move fast to fix what’s broken in our society. 
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Practice empathy
We know that financial hardship isn’t a choice. That’s why we lead by listening.
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Do the work
The problems we're tackling 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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Pursue learning
There is so much we don’t know. That’s why we’re committed to continuous learning: so that we can improve ourselves, our company, and our world.
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Be anti-racist
We ensure that everything we do, from our products to our behaviors, fights against structural and systemic racism in our country. 

Our mission is our north star.

Using higher education as a lever, our mission at Edquity is to help narrow equity gaps and facilitate social mobility.

We are here to shape a world where financial outcomes will cease to be predetermined by one’s birth, color, sexual orientation, or geographic location.

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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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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Check out an overview of Edquity below:

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.

Chief Technology Officer
Tyler Slater
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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.

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.

Director 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.

Senior Front-End Engineer
Sumen Tse
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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 UI and Brand
Jun Chou
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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.

Lead Engineer
Thomas Wong
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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.

Principal Product Designer
Nina Krishnan
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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 User Research
Samantha Zucker
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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.

Lead Product Designer
Eric Blattberg
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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 & Marketing 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 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.

Student Support Representative
StarrAnn Ferguson
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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
Michael Nickandros
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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 Support Representative
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.

Software Engineer
Erin Cherney
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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 Partner Success
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.

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.

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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