Our Team

Only the most determined get to space.

Meet the Ascent Team

As current and former students, parents, and mentors, our mission is simple: help students achieve their goals. We want to empower students from all economic backgrounds and disciplines to maximize the return on that investment. Supporting students on their journey through school is important to us, which is why we’re proud to partner and co-create with college students. By staying true to our mission, values, culture, and service to our community, we have been named “Best Places to Work” and named Best Private Student Loan for 2021 by Forbes Advisor and NerdWallet.

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Get to know us


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Abby Liu

Marketing Intern

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Albert Olivares

Sr. Software Engineer

Alex Acosta

Alex Acosta

Software Engineer III

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Alex Stultz

Underwriter

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Alicia Chavez

Content Marketing Manager

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Allison Thompson

Loan Processor

Amy Fitzgerald

Amy Fitzgerald

Demand Generation & Business Development Manager

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Angelica Ramos

Jr. UX Designer

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Arin Nahapatian

Legal Intern

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Art Kang

Sr. Director, Engineering & Technology

Ausleen Acosta

Ausleen Acosta

Social Media & Digital Marketing Specialist

Avery Ryder

Avery Ryder

Software Engineer III

Aziza Read

Aziza Read

Product Marketing Manager, Growth Initiatives

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Becky White

Customer Service Representative

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Bill Brosseau

VP, Business & School Development

Bill Dusha

Bill Dusha

Software Engineer III

Boyang Wang

Boyang Wang

UX/Design Intern

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Brandon Fortino

Marketing Intern

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Carlos Morales

Financial Analyst

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Casey Miller

Marketing Operations Specialist

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Danny Lopez

Loan Processor

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Dasha Scott

School Support Lead

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David Diehl

SVP, Analytics & Technology

DK Kim

DK Kim

Marketing Data Analyst

Dora Kram

Dora Kram

UX/Design Intern

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Dustin Varty

Sr. Director, Marketing

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Erica Arvanitis

Marketing Content Creator

Frank Fortunato

Frank Fortunato

VP, Data Engineering

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JD Ephraim

Loan Processor

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Jennifer Ly

Marketing Intern

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Jeremy Ogorek

Staff Accountant

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Joanna Widmier

Sr. Marketing Manager

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Jon Michalik

Director, Origination & Fulfillment

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Josh Cagwin

Sr. Director, UX & Design

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Karol Raymond

Sr. Loan Processor

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Katherine Ngo

Jr. UX Designer

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Katie Fallon

Quality Control Analyst

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Keane Mayer

Director, Partner Success

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Ken Ruggiero

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

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Kevin Boldin

Quality Lead

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Kim McNealy

Chief Marketing Officer

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Kylie Gard

Sr. Loan Processor

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Lauren Garner

Sr. Director, Marketing

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Lisa D'Acquisto

VP, Human Resources

Lorenza Gil-Kabande

Lorenza Gil-Kabande

Engagement Marketing Specialist

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Manivannan Karuppusamy

Sr. Program Manager

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Meredith Connelly

School Support Lead

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Michael Lubensky

Software Automation Test Engineer

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Michael Middleton

VP, Product Development

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Mike Frank

Director, School Partnerships

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Olaf Kunkel

Sr. Software Engineer

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Olivia Wolf

Social Media Marketing Intern

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Patrick Bray

Director, Compliance

Rachel Altman

Rachel Altman

Digital Marketing Manager

Rick Gallagher

Rick Gallagher

VP, Business & School Development

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Ryan Aditya

Sr. Manager, Business Analysis

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Ryan Gray

Chief Financial Officer

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Ryan Pearson

UX Front End Developer

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Sandi Ovard-Kunkel

Quality Control Analyst

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Santhoshi Chandramouly

Sr. Data Engineer

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Sara Amirdelfan

Digital Marketing Intern

Serena Oden

Serena Oden

Graphic Design Intern

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Seth Formal

VP, Finance & Capital Markets

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Shalanda Fuller

Customer Service Representative

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Sid Huerta

Sr. Underwriter

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Suzanne Sgroi

Executive Assistant

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Tayler Grieco

Operations Supervisor

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Thomas Waldschmidt

Data Scientist

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Tristan Fleming

General Counsel

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Vanessa Bovell-Villarreal

Underwriter

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Zach Taylor

Sr. User Experience Designer

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Zara Tariq

Business Operations Specialist

Our Core Values

Trust
We’re accountable to our stakeholders, values, commitments, and ourselves.
Integrity
We act honestly, transparently, and professionally, treating everyone with understanding, care, and respect.
Commitment
We dedicate ourselves to helping our community, promoting employee wellness, and serving clients by doing what we say we are going to do.
Innovation
We challenge the status quo and provide creative solutions.
Collaboration
We embrace a culture of teamwork.

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