We’re a team that has collectively founded a college access organization serving low-income students, worked for edtech and fintech startups to build best in class education and financial products, suffered through financially induced college dropout firsthand, successfully navigated the two-to-four year pathway to a degree, struggled with the FAFSA, and have become fed up with the tremendous inequity in higher education.

Meet The Team

David Helene

Founder, CEO

David Helene has been a Brooklyn boy his whole life. After beginning his career in financial services, he was inspired to start a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students in New York. When he's not fighting for equity and justice in higher education, he's probably playing soccer or basketball somewhere in New York or eating Chocolate Fudge Brownies on the couch with his girlfriend.

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Tyler Slater


Tyler Slater is originally from Maryland where he started coding in high school. He has worked with several startups where his roles have ranged from building products from scratch to scaling apps to 500K+ users. If Tyler isn’t in the office he’s probably at coding meetups, riding his motorcycle or playing with Toby our office Corgi.

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Nina Krishnan

Chief Product Officer

Nina Krishnan hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. She kick-started her design career in the education technology space and quickly came to the realization that her passion lay at the intersection of education and equity. When she is not leveraging human-centered design to drive access and persistence in higher education, you can catch Nina producing music, boxing, or cackling at The Office.

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