Who We Are

Meet the dedicated team of people working hard to increase access to high-quality career training!

 

Angela-Ceresnie
Angela Ceresnie, CEO
10+ years of financial services experience. Co-founded and was COO/CFO of Orchard Platform. Prior to Orchard, Angela spent eight years running various credit risk analytics teams at American Express and Citibank. Made billions of dollars' worth of data-driven credit decisions.
Amit Sinha
Amit Sinha, Co-Founder and CFO
17+ years of financial markets experience across products and Europe, North America, and Asia with leading investment banks. Over $50 billion executed transactions spanning securitization, principal finance, equity and debt capital markets, M&A and FICC sales at JP Morgan, Bear Stearns.
Arjun Kannan
Arjun Kannan, CTO
As an experienced engineering and product leader, Arjun ran engineering teams building digital risk management systems at BlackRock. Prior to that, he ran developer experience teams and risk reporting infrastructure teams, overseeing analytics on 14+ trillion dollars of assets under management.
Raza Munir
Raza Munir, Co-Founder and Head of Partner Success
Raza is responsible for overseeing relationships with all of our great school partners. Growing up in the developing world, he witnessed first-hand the stasis in opportunity and upward trajectory caused by lack of access to quality education. Raza believes most of the world's problems can be solved by education and is inspired to be at Climb every day to further this mission. With 5+ years in finance and consumer internet experience across North America, Europe, Middle East, and South Asia, his previous experience includes helping develop and scale a venture-backed tech-travel company as their first employee and serving as an Investment Banking Division analyst at Goldman Sachs. He holds an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.
Aarthi Subramanian
Aarthi Subramanian, Data Scientist and Engineer
Eager to bring a data-driven and scientific lens to business, Aarthi now holds the role of Data Scientist and Engineer at Climb. She completed her undergraduate work in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Michigan and trained in Neuroscience for three years before joining Climb’s Engineering Team to work on exciting data products. To help strengthen her contributions to the company, Aarthi is currently doing a part-time MS in Applied Analytics and Data Science at Columbia University. Aarthi likes mechanical keyboards, playing ultimate frisbee, and used to kickbox with a Mighty Morphin Power Ranger.
Aashritha Marepalli
Aashritha Marepalli, Capital Markets Analyst
Aashritha is a graduate of NYU Stern School of Business with a background in investment management. Prior to Climb, she has worked at multiple early-stage startups in strategy and financial capacities. Outside of work, she pursues her passions for dance and wedding planning.
Alexis Read
Alexis Read, Senior Quantitative Analyst
Alexis graduated from James Madison University with a BS in Quantitative Finance and has since spent the past six years gaining industry experience in quantitative financial modeling, credit risk, valuations, algorithmic programming, and data analytics roles. Previous positions include credit risk valuations and model validation consulting at KPMG, student loan performance analysis and model development at Navient (Sallie Mae), and options pricing for hedge fund clients at State Street Corporation.
Anna Williams
Anna Williams, Operations Associate
Anna graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Journalism and has written for The Las Vegas Review-Journal. She is passionate about problem-solving and creating the best possible solutions for Climb Credit borrowers and school partners. In her free time, she enjoys locating and devouring the best tacos in the Southwest.
Brianna Lange
Brianna Lange, Operations Associate
Brianna graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a degree in English Literature. She has over ten years of experience as a customer service team leader as well as a people manager with Starbucks, Tesla, and MGM. In her spare time, she can be found listening to a podcast or playing a video game, often both at the same time.
Billy Stafford
Billy Stafford, Director of Operations
Billy has seven years of experience with financial services, focusing on operations management and regulatory compliance initiatives. He has a Bachelor’s in Financial Economics from the University of San Francisco.
Casey Powers
Casey Powers, SVP of Operations
Casey has over 15 years of experience in financial services and emerging fintech companies. Prior to Climb, she worked at several startups in strategy, operational, and financial roles. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her two young daughters and trying new fitness classes.
David
David Cheung, Senior Software Engineer
David has 12+ years of experience in software engineering. He graduated with a BS in computer science and MS in applied math and statistics from Stony Brook University. As a first-generation American and lifelong New Yorker, he appreciates the value and importance of Climb’s mission. When not coding, his passions include hiking, traveling, finding a good bowl of pho, and perfecting his grilled cheese sandwiches.
Gabe Fernando
Gabe Fernando, Senior Software Engineer
Gabe has 7+ years of experience in technology in financial services. He graduated from the M&T Program at the University of Pennsylvania with a BSE in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Science and a BS of Economics, with a concentration in Finance from The Wharton School. When not coding away or working on Climb’s Risk Score model, he can be found rock climbing in a gym or in Central Park.
Gautam Setty
Gautam Setty, Director of Finance
Over 15 years of experience in credit and capital markets. Gautam was previously a Portfolio Manager and Analyst for global and special situation credit hedge funds. He has also managed back-office operations and developed proprietary credit default and risk models.
Ikechi Nnamani
Ikechi Nnamani, Partnerships Manager
Ikechi graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014 with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Political Economy. He interned at Google, was a trading analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and a business development manager at ToutApp (acquired by Marketo). At Climb, Ikechi helps manage partnerships and sales strategy.
Jazmyn Carrington
Jazmyn Carrington, Sales Development Representative
Jazmyn is a graduate of Rutgers University, School of Arts and Sciences with a background in Political Science. Prior to Climb she worked in retail as an assistant manager for four years. Outside of work, she pursues her passions for running and theatre.
Jim McNulty
Jim McNulty, Software Engineer
When Jim isn’t playing guitar, doodling, or practicing his Smash Bros skills, he likes to put his University of Michigan degrees in Business and Computer Science to use, doing his part on the engineering team to make applying for student loans the easiest part of the whole school thing. Fun fact: after being an engineer for 20 years, Jim’s pops went to culinary school and was a chef for a hot sec. Less fun fact: Jim has work experience in game dev, healthcare, performance monitoring, and municipal economic development.
Justin Kitman
Justin Kitman, Operations Associate
As an Operations Associate, Justin works closely with students and schools to help them navigate the lending process. Justin has experience in customer service, technical support, and sales. A graduate of UNLV, he majored in Communication Studies. Justin joined Climb to help students better their lives through a high ROI education. He has been with Climb since 2017 and is dedicated to ensuring our students have the absolute best lending experience ever!
Karuna Rathor
Karuna Rathor, Senior Data Processing Analyst
Graduated from Jaipur National University with a focus on Commerce. She is busy enhancing the operational platform at Climb and is known for her diligent work ethic — picking up projects quickly and leaving no stone left unseen by her eyes. She’s athletic and loves listening to music which not only brightens up her mood but also makes her dance to its beats.
Katie Steininger
Katie Steininger, Partner Success Associate
Katie is a graduate of Georgetown University. She’s very excited to be a part of the Partner Success Team, as her role combines her experience as an account manager at J.P. Morgan with the passion she developed for impact lending while serving as the CFO of a nonprofit microlending organization in Washington, D.C. When she’s not in the office, Katie is likely listening to podcasts or searching for a new restaurant to try in the city.
Kevin Sanford
Kevin Sanford, Director of Sales and Business Development
Kevin brings 10+ years of financial services experience to Climb. Previously, Kevin held various positions in business development, sales, and sales strategy during his time at J.P. Morgan Chase and Ondeck Capital. A former football and lacrosse coach, Kevin knows that a successful sales organization is only as good as the energy it spends developing and training itself for action. Kevin’s primary focus is leading Climb’s efforts to partner with new schools. Kevin holds a B.A. in International Politics from Williams College.
Laura Fitzpatrick
Laura Fitzpatrick, Marketing Manager
Laura has 5+ years experience in developing marketing strategies, managing digital marketing campaigns, and creating content. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism-Advertising from San Diego State University and a background in creative writing. Her hobbies include exploring the city, eating good food, and taking selfies with cats.
Lily Cohen
Lily Cohen, Partnerships Manager
Lily graduated from Pace University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. She has 5+ years experience in Business Development and B:B and B:C partnerships, originally cutting her teeth working on the first Partnerships team at ClassPass as a top performer. Lily joined Climb in June 2016 and currently works remote in Seattle. In her spare time, Lily devours personal finance blogs, is a runner, and travels.
Luisa Ilvento
Luisa Ilvento, Product Designer
Hailing from sunny California, Luisa got her undergraduate degree from USC in design, art history, and business. Before Climb, she worked in a variety of industries and positions including marketing, UX/UI, and installation art/design. Luisa is ecstatic to be a member of the Climb team and to have the opportunity to design and help users navigate meaningful products that will change their lives.
Rachel Seitz
Rachel Seitz, Content Marketing Manager
A graduate of the University of Kansas with degrees in English and anthropology, Rachel loves getting the chance to create and constantly learn amongst the passionate and dedicated people at Climb. When not writing, editing, and designing for Climb, she’s working backstage for her theatre troupe and is on a constant search for the best cup of coffee in NYC.
Rae Keinan
Rae Keinan, Marketing Intern
Rae is a Marketing student at Baruch College and is part of the Marketing Team at Climb. She moved to New York from Israel after serving in the Israeli Defense Forces and traveling in Central America for five months. In her free time, Rae loves to meet new people, eat desserts, and find hidden gems in the city.
Rose Legge
Rose Legge, Operations Associate
Rose is an Operations Associate at Climb. Rose wears many hats at Climb, including managing Climb's state lending licenses. Before joining Climb, Rose graduated from Bentley University and was managing operations at the college’s football team while attending school. In her free time, she likes to indulge in the arts and volunteer with New Jersey National Guard family programs. Rose has always had a passion for equality, diversity, and creating opportunities for those in need.
Roy Tahsin
Roy Tahsin, Operations Manager
Roy has over ten years of experience in banking, lending, payments, and financial services with Wells Fargo and Bank of Nevada. Roy graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with BSBA Economics. At Climb, Roy heads our satellite office in Las Vegas, NV to help expand Climb’s national reach and west coast operations for schools and students.
Sadya
Sadya Zirkind, Account Executive

Sadya joined Climb with over four years of experience in business development partnerships. He began his career by launching a private personal training business that was inspired by his love of fitness. Since then, he's gained experience in multiple industries, including real estate and healthcare. Sadya lives in NYC with his wife and son, and in his spare time, he loves boxing, reading, and enjoying all that NYC has to offer with his family!

Susan Chen
Susan Chen, Analytics Lead
Susan has 6+ years of experience in economic, financial, and statistical analysis and research within the financial services industry. Prior to Climb, she worked in litigation consulting at Cornerstone Research with an emphasis on securities law, and for the investment analytics group at Bridgewater Associate. Her growing disillusionment with corporate America and her interest in education policy led her right to Climb Credit, where she runs analytics at the company. In her free time, Susan enjoys reading fiction, doling out scientifically questionable “facts” about healthy living, and finding bargains on eBay.
Thea Enos
Thea Enos, Software Engineer
University of Wisconsin graduate. Climbed aboard in our early days as a member of the Operations team. Has since been thrilled to develop with the company and fulfill her dream of learning to code. Advocating Climb's ethos from an especially personal perspective, Thea transitioned into an Engineering role after taking a Web Development course with General Assembly!
Tracey Hildreth
Tracey Hildreth, Sales Manager

Tracey joined Climb in the fall of 2018, and she brings with her many years of school relationship experience in Higher Education. Tracey is known as a road worrier and will be attending many conferences this year in our sector. Please stop by the Climb booth to say hello!!

Victoria Chung
Victoria Chung, Partner Success Manager
In her role as Partner Success Advocate, Victoria cultivates relationships with our school partners to ensure Climb is helping them succeed. Her previous work experience includes management consulting, focusing on business transformation and human capital development. She graduated from the College of William & Mary summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

 

 

Our Values

“When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.” —Roy E Disney

 

Students First

Students first

Our number one goal is to improve the lives of our students which means we make choices that create long-term value for students, especially when selecting our partner schools.

 

Thoughtful Decisiveness

Thoughtful Decisiveness

  • We are smart about moving fast but also understand that there is no one-size-fits-all decision-making process.
    • If a decision is reversible, we act swiftly.
    • If a decision is irreversible, we act methodically, carefully, and with deliberation.
  • We plan and build for the long term.

 

Continuous Learning

Continuous Learning

  • Learning the right skills can change someone’s life. We embody this by always striving to improve.
  • We’re not afraid to try new paths and solutions.
  • We challenge the status quo and are not afraid to have our own points of view challenged.

 

Collaboration and Trust

Collaboration and Trust

  • We trust each other - and ourselves - to get things done together. We earn that trust by being communicative, transparent, and collaborative.
  • We respect people’s time and opinions.
  • We celebrate our wins and own our mistakes so we can get better next time.

 

Ownership and Perseverance

Ownership and Perseverance

  • It’s never not our problem.
  • We always try and do the hardest thing on our list first, because chances are it’s the most important.
  • Some days will be great and some days won’t, we’ll figure it out together.

 

Honesty, Transparency, and Integrity

Honesty, Transparency, and Integrity

  • We value transparency and open discussion - no bad questions, no topic off limits. We’re here to grow Climb, and sometimes the uncomfortable discussions are what help us grow.
  • We share feedback honestly and openly.
  • We act with integrity by doing the right thing, even if it's not easy.

 

Climb Team

People make the company

  • We are our company, and our growth is the company’s growth.
  • We strive to build the best conditions possible for all of us to work together effectively.
  • We keep it fun. We’re solving a large, exciting challenge. Problems are solved when people are genuinely excited by the process of coming up with the solutions.

 

 

See Us in Action

 

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Join the Team

 

Are you looking for a job that can help you make a difference in people's lives, with offices full of coworkers who are passionate about what they do? Well, Climb is hiring! Check out our open job postings below and apply to join our driven and supportive team:

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Competitive Salary

Including equity and 401K

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Health Benefits

Coverage for medical, dental, and vision costs

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Flexible Hours

Unlimited vacation and work from home days

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Office Happy Hours

Monthly team happy hours and birthday parties

Open jobs

 

 

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