Our Team

Only the most determined get to space.

Award-Winning Workplace

Ascent is proud to be named a “Best Places to Work” by the San Diego Business Journal and American Banker, and be designated as one of San Diego’s Best and Brightest companies to work for.

First Place of Best Places to Work SoCal 2022

1st Place
Best Places to Work in SoCal 2022

San Diego Business Journal Best Places to Work 2022

San Diego Business Journal
Best Places to Work 2022

San Diego’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For Winner 2022

San Diego’s Best and Brightest
Companies to Work For Winner 2022

American Banker Best Places to Work in Fintech 2022

San Diego’s Best and Brightest
Companies to Work For Winner 2022

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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Abby Liu

Marketing Intern

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Adam Beier

Data Engineer II

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Adam Vaughan

Principal Software Engineer

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Albert Olivares

Software Engineer III

Alex Acosta

Alex Acosta

Software Engineer III

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Alex Stultz

Underwriter

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Alicia Chavez

Director, Brand & Content Marketing

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Allison Thompson

Loan Processor

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Andrea Jenkins

Director, Student Success

Arin-Nahapatian

Arin Nahapatian

Associate Counsel

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Art Kang

VP, 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

SVP, Business & School Development

Bill Dusha

Bill Dusha

Software Engineer III

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Bre Knight

Content Writer

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Brooke Schumacher

Marketing Intern

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Carlos Morales

Senior Financial Analyst

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Caroline Menendez

Director, School Partnerships

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Casey Stenger

Project Manager

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Christina Xie

Senior Treasury Accountant

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Crista Wray

Senior Product Manager

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Dagem Befikadu

Software Engineer I

Dana Berry

Dana Berry

SVP, Marketing

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Danny Lopez

Loan Processor

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Danny Witt

Credit Risk Analyst

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David Diehl

SVP, Analytics & Technology

DK Kim

DK Kim

Marketing Data Analyst

Dora Kram

Dora Kram

UX Designer

Emily Skoubo

Emily Skoubo

Senior Human Resources Generalist

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Erica Arvanitis

Email Marketing Manager

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Erin Swenson

Coach & Content Creator

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Felicia Wetzel

Lead Coach & Program Producer

Frank Fortunato

Frank Fortunato

VP, Data Engineering

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Gemma Cook

Marketing Intern

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Gus Amezcua

UX Front End Developer

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Haixin Guo

UX/Design Intern

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Jacob Lin

Director, Finance, Treasury & Accounting

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Jake Terrell

Manager, Treasury & Capital Markets

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Jamie Kautzman

Customer Service Representative

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Jamila Aliyeva

UX/Design Intern

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Jannette McKinley

Customer Service Representative

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JD Ephraim

Loan Processor

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Jennifer Ly

Project Coordinator I

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Jeremy Chavez

Senior IT Specialist

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Jessica Deyglun

Treasury Operations Associate

JoAn Altoveros

Joan Altoveros

Marketing Coordinator

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Joanna Widmier

Director, Engagement Marketing

John Gross

John Gross

Business Data Analyst

Jon Ericson

Jon Ericson

Director, Digital Communities

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Jon Michalik

Sr. Director, Origination & Fulfillment

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Josh Cagwin

VP, User Experience

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Josh Deason

Quality Assurance Engineer

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Joy Bullen

Senior Content Manager

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Julian Caravantes

Senior Analyst, Corporate Strategy

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Karol Raymond

Senior Loan Processor

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Katherine Ngo

Senior UX Designer

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Katie Fallon

Quality Control Analyst

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Katie Miller

VP, Product Development

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Kaylee Ann Torio

Media Marketing Intern

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Ken Ruggiero

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

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Kevin Boldin

Quality Manager

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Krishna Chaitanya Dhenuva Konda

Principal Data Architect

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Kristen McCarthy

Senior Director, Growth Marketing

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Kylie Gard

Senior Loan Processor

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Lisa D'Acquisto

VP, Human Resources

Lorenza Gil-Kabande

Lorenza Gil-Kabande

Engagement Marketing Specialist

Malia Capen

Malia Capen

Video Marketing Intern

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Mars Cheung

Senior Software Engineer

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Marty Herrick

VP, Business & School Development

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Meredith Connelly

School Support Lead

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Michael Middleton

VP, Product Development

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Mike Prosper

Chief Technology Officer

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Olaf Kunkel

Software Engineer IV

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Olivia Arneson

Growth Marketing Coordinator

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Olivia Wolf

Digital Marketing Intern

Pam Hughes

Pam Hughes

Product Director

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Patrick Bray

Director, Compliance

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Paul Bartlett

Software Engineer I

Rick Gallagher

Rick Gallagher

VP, Business & School Development

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Ricky Albanese

Data Engineer

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Ryan Aditya

Director, Business Analysis

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Ryan Gray

Chief Financial Officer

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Ryan Pearson

Senior Web Developer

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Ryan Valenzuela

Customer Service Representative

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Sam Jaquez

Content & NLG Specialist

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Santhoshi Chandramouly

Senior Data Engineer

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Seth Formal

VP, Corporate Strategy & Capital Markets

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Seth Reynolds-Mohler

Director, School & Digital Partnerships

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Shalanda Fuller

Customer Service Representative

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Sid Huerta

Lead Operations Support Specialist

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Simon Schultz

Manager, IT Operations

Susan Bussalari

Susan Bussolari

Executive Assistant

Suzanne Sgroi

Suzanne Sgroi

Talent Acquisition Partner

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Tatum Drinnenberg

Executive Assistant

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Tayler Grieco

Operations Manager

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Tristan Fleming

General Counsel

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Vanessa Bovell-Villarreal

Underwriter

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Xing Li

Sr. Manager, Capital Markets

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Zach Taylor

Lead UX Designer 

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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