Empowering Cash Assistance Programs.
For All.

Edquity is committed to redesigning the social safety net to streamline the delivery of cash assistance programs. Our values-driven team has developed the infrastructure to distribute need-based funding to more than 250,000 low-income Americans.

And we are just getting started.

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Who we are

At Edquity, we’re building cash assistance technology that empowers institution and government leaders to deliver funding equitably, efficiently, and securely to those who need it most. Our research-backed approach streamlines the administration of benefits while also addressing common pitfalls across cash assistance programs — including racial bias, inefficiency, compliance risk, and lack of transparency and monitoring — to quickly deliver funds to those with the greatest need. Since 2020, we’ve delivered more $110M in cash grants to more than 140K people in need.

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

Product

Sanket Karuri
Chief Product Officer
Sophie Chow
Head of Design
Keyarash Jahanian
Product Manager
Leobardo Gudino
Product Designer
Nadia Bajwa
Senior Product Manager

Partner Development and Success

Larry Hogan
VP, Partner Development & Success
Akshay Anikhindi
Student Success Representative
Danté Hutchinson
Student Success Representative
Mary Lewis
Student Success Representative
Mary Sherman
Partner Success Manager
Melanie Butron
Senior Partner Success Manager
Ormond Derrick
Partner Development Representative
Tammy Parkin
Student Success Representative

Development and Engineering

Marc Yarbro
VP, Engineering
Anna Cottrill
Engineering Manager, DevOps
Alejandro Gomez
QA Engineer
Ani Kerr
Software Engineer
Caitlin Lamprecht
Software Engineer
Ian Sabey
DevOps Engineer
Jack Skrable
Senior Software Engineer
Kashif Stone
DevOps Engineer
Nicky Nickell
Software Engineer
Nithin Perumal
Data Engineer
Paul Brassard
Staff DevOps Engineer
Samantha Landen
Staff Software Engineer
Will Germany
Software Engineer

Operations and People Management

Jamie Kingston
Head of People
Deven Comen
VP, Strategic Initiatives
Meredith Horning-Rao
Senior Operations Manager
Rayna Jai
People Operations Associate

Marketing

Nahtyka Jolly
Content Marketing Manager

Advisors

Sara Goldrick-Rab
Chief Strategy Officer

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 Product Officer
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.

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.

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.

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.

Senior 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.

Engineering Manager, DevOps
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, 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.

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.

Senior 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.

Senior 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.

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.

Katie Ginder-Vogel
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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 Development Representative
Ormond Derrick
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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
Nicky Nickell
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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
Ani Kerr
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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
Will Germany
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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
Tammy Parkin
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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.

Freelance writer focusing on higher education and educational equity
Rachel Hastings
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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 Product Manager
Nadia Bajwa
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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, Partner Development & Success
Larry Hogan
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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
Mary Sherman
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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, Strategic Initiatives
Deven Comen
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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.

People Operations Associate
Rayna Jai
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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.

Content Marketing Manager
Nahtyka Jolly
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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.

Elise Povejsil
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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 Engineer
Nithin Perumal
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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