We’re on the side of borrowers

Summer is a certified B Corporation combining innovative technology and policy expertise to serve student loan borrowers across the country.

In an industry known for misinformation and bad actors, we promise to stand on the side of borrowers.

We’re on the side of borrowers.

Summer is a certified B Corporation combining innovative technology and policy expertise to serve student loan borrowers across the country.

In an industry known for misinformation and bad actors, we promise to stand on the side of borrowers.

Meet the Team

Our founding team draws on years of experience in public policy, law, consumer finance, and engineering to tackle one of the greatest challenges of our generation.

Will Sealy

Will Sealy

Co-Founder & CEO
Hometown:
New York, NY

Background

Political campaign organizer
%

White House staffer
%

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau expert
%

SoFi employee
%

Art lover
%

MBA
%


Why Summer?
Our country should not punish people for striving to improve their lives through education. The current system is failing borrowers, with another borrower defaulting every 28 seconds. The rampant misinformation in the market exacerbates the issue for too many borrowers. We founded Summer to bring real, lasting change to the student loan market.

Paul Joo

Paul Joo

Co-Founder & COO
Hometown:
Houston, Texas

Background

JD & MBA
%

Cognitive scientist
%

International consultant
%

Ex-U.S. Attorney’s Office
%

Nonprofit board member
%

Violinist
%

Potluck host
%


Why Summer?
Our team is passionate about harnessing technology and policy knowledge to benefit consumers. Having helped companies scale their operations in a range of highly regulated industries, I am excited to guide Summer’s growth in a sustainable manner that aligns our interests with those of student loan borrowers. I see student debt as a critical issue both as a burden at a personal level that impacts major life decisions—often in ways that exacerbate preexisting societal imbalances—and in terms of the macroeconomic consequences of having a generation of Americans burdened by rising tuition costs.

Vincent Tran

Vincent Tran

Co-Founder & CPO
Hometown:
Bronx, New York

Background

CFA
%

Retired from finance
%

Veteran product lead in fintech startups
%

Youngest of five siblings
%

Son of Vietnam War refugees
%

Husband to Jess
%

Dog dad to Yoda
%


Why Summer?
Like most student loan borrowers, I was overwhelmed by the repayment process when I graduated from college. I chose to work in finance so that I could pay off my debt, and was excited to work in fintech startups once I got my debt under control. When I met Will and Paul at a pitch competition, I fell in love with Summer’s mission. I feel lucky to come to work every day to help make the process less painful for everyone.

John Whitfield

John Whitfield

Head of Engineering
Hometown:
State College, PA

Background

Engineering leader
%

Veteran of successful startup exits
%

Former classical cellist
%

Avid runner
%

Husband and father
%


Why Summer?
I am a parent of a child in college, and I am very aware of how student loan debt affects students and parents within my community. It is an obstacle to pursuing dreams, starting families, buying homes, and saving for retirement. Summer has the potential to make a real difference in people’s lives, and I couldn’t be happier to be working on a solution with this amazing team.

Ella Saunders Crivello

Ella Saunders Crivello

Head of Partner Success
Hometown:
New York, NY

Background

Social impact partnerships expert
%

Intrapreneur
%

First generation college student
%

Extrovert
%

Dinner series host
%

On verge of adopting all animals in sight
%

Why Summer?
I know first-hand the impact of financial instability and the role that student debt can play. I don’t take any day of financial health for granted. Today, as I pay monthly loans off my small fraction of our collective $1.5 trillion debt load, I’m proud to be part of a team that’s committed to helping other borrowers find their way out of the student loan maze.
Leigh Gross

Leigh Gross

Head of Business Development
Hometown:
Long Island, NY

Background

Reformed lawyer
%

Fintech partnership expert
%

80's movie buff
%

Proud father of two daughters
%

Should be a better golfer than I actually am
%

Why Summer?
There is nothing wrong with investing in your own education, even if it means taking on debt.  Over time, our system for loan repayment has become overly complicated, and borrowers are making uninformed decisions that are often not in their best interests.  Summer represents the best of what fintech should be—leveraging technology to provide everyone with access to complete information and the ability to make and implement smart decisions for their financial health.
Bridget Haile

Bridget Haile

Head of Borrower Success
Hometown:
Upper Arlington, OH

Background

Client team lead in fintech
%

Financial professional
%

People person
%

Classical singer
%

Avid baker
%

British period drama expert
%

Why Summer?
After finishing grad school in debt and navigating repayment as a freelance musician, I understand how opaque and complex the process can be. It took working in investment management to develop my financial health and perspective. I want to make sure everyone can take that journey no matter what field they’re in. Debt repayment and financial planning are the foundational steps to building a life that looks the way you want it to. I’m honored to be working with Summer to support borrowers with expert help and make student debt manageable.
Katie Rosman

Katie Rosman

Borrower Success Manager
Hometown:
Brooklyn, NY

Background

Borrower Success Manager
%

World traveler
%

Reality TV junkie
%

Dog lover
%

Soup enthusiast
%


Why Summer?
As someone who did not think they would find themselves in the fintech industry, I was immediately drawn to Summer because of its fierce mission and passionate team. It’s hard to find someone that hasn’t been affected by the student debt crisis in some way. I was fortunate to have a circle around me that was familiar with the student loan space but not everyone is as lucky. The current system is confusing and can be incredibly frustrating. I knew that I wanted to be a part of an organization that tackles this issue head on. I love being able to speak with borrowers directly and help them navigate through the system. I am incredibly excited for the lasting change Summer will bring to current and future student borrowers!

Jess Aquino

Jess Aquino

Borrower Success Associate
Hometown:
Brooklyn, New York City

Background

Native New Yorker
%

Avid Runner
%

Child of Mexican immigrants
%

Amateur Cook
%

Concert Lover
%


Why Summer?
I was drawn to Summer for its mission-driven identity and passionate, inclusive, and diverse team. Today’s current climate has left many student loan borrowers without guidance, and I’m proud to work for a company that provides tools and a platform to ease the loan repayment process.

Karishma Parikh

Karishma Parikh

Borrower Success Associate
Hometown:
Fullerton, CA

Background

Tea enthusiast
%

Amateur chef
%

World traveler
%

Ambivert
%


Why Summer?
I was immediately drawn to Summer’s mission-driven identity and the positivity and passion the team possesses. After witnessing first-hand the struggles that individuals face between balancing repaying debt and saving simultaneously, I feel confident Summer is a part of the solution. As the student loan landscape remains incredibly nuanced, I am proud to be on the side of the borrowers, ensuring they find the best repayment options for their loans while feeling confident in managing their student loan debt.

Safiya Myers

Safiya Myers

Partnerships Associate
Hometown:
Burlington, NC

Background

Yoga instructor
%

Nature lover
%

Empathetic problem solver
%

World traveler
%

Loves exploring the unknown
%

Finds beauty in the smallest details
%


Why Summer?
I believe that a debt-free society is ultimately a more just one and that a path to true equality is through the economic empowerment of underserved communities. I am elated to be a part of Summer and their mission to be a beacon in the student-debt crisis and am passionate about bringing my full self to this work.

Ruby Hoose

Ruby Hoose

Lead Recruiter
Hometown:
Portland, ME

Background

Health teacher-turned-recruiter
%

Natural networker
%

Avid runner
%

Ice cream addict
%

Born into a family folk band
%


Why Summer?
Moved by the company’s mission—and lured by the promise to work alongside a team beta fish, TJ—I’m elated to join Summer as the first in-house recruiter. I believe in the positive impact of higher education and appreciate Summer’s drive to make education more accessible by helping student loan borrowers find relief. I’m honored to work alongside the existing Summer team and can’t wait to hire even more passionate, talented, and fun-loving colleagues.

Chen Fu

Chen Fu

Data Scientist
Hometown:
Jinan, China

Background

MBA
%

Machine learning scientist
%

Fintech enthusiast
%

Table tennis player
%

New father!
%


Why Summer?
Student loans have impacted many people’s lives. Impressed by Summer’s mission, I joined the founding team as a data scientist to work with a talented team on a critical issue. At Summer, I am able to utilize the power of data science to analyze complicated student loan cases and turn our findings into a scalable product for millions of student loan borrowers. We care about data, and even more importantly, we care about the people we serve.

Favian Rahman

Favian Rahman

Senior Data Analyst
Hometown:
Portland, OR

Background

Data analyst
%

Animal lover
%

Basketball fan (go Trail Blazers!)
%

Hip-hop enthusiast
%


Why Summer?
Education should not be an unbearable burden on anyone. Unfortunately, the student loan system has created that burden for millions of people who pursue their intellectual passions and a better quality of life. I’m proud to be part of a talented team that truly cares about its customers’ financial well-being and uses innovative tech to tackle the student loan crisis.

Leah McLaughlin

Leah McLaughlin

Lead Product Designer
Hometown:
Gympie, Australia

Background

Branding and creative direction
%

Amateur sailor
%

Nonprofit board member
%

Karaoke enthusiast
%

World traveller
%


Why Summer?
Having come from a place where student loan debt is far less of a social issue, I was appalled to learn that the debt in the US is now in the trillions, and affects a staggering number of Americans. It’s an issue that many of my peers struggle with but rarely discuss. With loan debts ranging from small burden to crippling, it’s no wonder they don’t want to think or talk about their debt. At Summer, we have the opportunity to open up a dialogue about student loan debt and help people find the tools they need in order to reduce it, and change their lives for the better.

Melissa Mak

Melissa Mak

Product Designer
Hometown:
Boston, MA

Background

User-centered designer
%

Design research advocate
%

Curious vegetarian
%

Avid plant collector
%

Ceramics maker
%


Why Summer?
The cost of education should not be a barrier to people who want to grow and invest in themselves. As a student loan borrower myself, I worked to pay off my debt as quickly as possible but did not have any reliable resources while navigating the process. As a designer, I aim to build products that bring clarity to the complexity while putting users first. I’m excited to work with the Summer team to guide borrowers toward their best options and make the most of their repayment plans.

Ben Dobkin

Ben Dobkin

Graphic Design Intern
Hometown:
Minneapolis, MN

Background

Graphic design
%

Amateur 3D designer
%

Fashion enthusiast
%

Skin care lover
%


Why Summer?
The lack of resources for borrowers can be quite daunting when making financially responsible and informed decisions surrounding student loans. With Summer’s mission to create a better experience for borrowers, it allows them to overcome this obstacle with solutions that are in the best interest of the borrower. This forward thinking initiative is one that makes me proud to work for a company like Summer and apply my skills in design to help visually communicate this mission.

Dan Babel

Dan Babel

Business Development Manager
Hometown:
Queens, NY

Background

MBA
%

Triathlete
%

Cornellian
%

Avid reader
%

90's hip hop aficionado
%


Why Summer?
I’m 1 of the 45 million borrowers with student loan debt and was drawn to Summer’s mission-driven solution to this nationwide crisis. The American dream of owning a home or saving for retirement is hindered the moment many students leave campus by an insurmountable amount of debt—but it does not need to be that way. I’m motivated by Summer’s innovative approach to this complex problem and am excited to speak with new partners who share in our mission to help alleviate the student loan burden for millions of Americans.

Danny Canarick

Danny Canarick

Senior Product Manager
Hometown:
Brooklyn, NY

Background

Father of two
%

Product manager
%

Returned Peace Corps volunteer
%

Entrepreneur
%

StreetEasy Veteran
%


Why Summer?
First and foremost, I wanted to work with a team of intelligent, empathetic, and highly motivated humans, working to solve a problem that is both challenging and impactful. I am proud to land at Summer where I have the opportunity to help millions of Americans implement smart decisions around complex financial problems.

Kelsey King

Kelsey King

Product Marketing Manager
Hometown:
Fort Smith, AR

Background

Fintech marketing
%

Philanthropic investing
%

MBA
%

Avid traveler
%

Biscuits & gravy connoisseur
%


Why Summer?
As the student debt burden continues to increase and affect the financial health and lives of nearly 45 million Americans, it’s imperative to have a trusted resource to help make sense of the various repayment and forgiveness programs. As a student loan borrower myself, I know that understanding your options can be challenging. It’s a process full of confusing—and sometimes bad—information. I’m excited to be part of a team that helps combat this confusion and is firmly on the side of the borrower.

Melissa Blackerby

Melissa Blackerby

Content Marketer
Hometown:
Orlando, FL

Background

Philanthropy communications professional
%

Sustainability advocate
%

Pop culture scholar
%

Vintage fashion collector
%

Theme park expert
%


Why Summer?
Education should be a path to stability and freedom — but instead, many students are left with a burden that will follow them for years after their schooling ends. In the future, when we look back at the current state of student debt, I think it will be clear that this system perpetuated harmful inequities across generations. But by working on the side of borrowers, the Summer team is standing against this cycle of inequality. As a content marketer, I’m thrilled to help borrowers navigate this complex system and find their path toward financial freedom.

Don Leistman

Don Leistman

Software Engineer
Hometown:
Long Island, NY

Background

Full stack engineer
%

Painter
%

Former arts administrator
%

Film buff
%

Politics junkie
%


Why Summer?

The student loan crisis is forcing a generation of my peers to put a mortgage on our futures. The byzantine structure that exists for managing one’s loans just makes the already huge burden of student debt all the heavier. I’m a big believer in empowerment through knowledge, and Summer is doing great work to help educate people about their student loan options and give them back control over their lives. I’m excited to be part of a team that is dedicated to making a positive change in the world, and solve fun technological challenges along the way.

Dylan Wright

Dylan Wright

Software Engineer
Hometown:
Lexington, KY

Background

Full stack engineer
%

Dog dad
%

Photography enthusiast
%

Traveler
%


Why Summer?
There are plenty of difficult problems in technology; some matter more than others. Addressing the student debt crisis presents a challenge that has the potential to change people’s lives. The people at this company care deeply about solving this problem. Every person we can help is one fewer who has to live with anxiety and one more who can live a fulfilling life without the burden of student debt.

Manhas Narra

Manhas Narra

Software Engineer
Hometown:
Washington, D.C.

Background

Software Engineer
%

One-time chemist
%

Non-coffee drinker
%

TV show enthusiast
%

Why Summer?
An investment in yourself and your education is possibly one of the best decisions anyone can make in their life. People should feel empowered to make that investment without the looming threat of a never-ending cycle of debt. I think that with the proper data, technology, and compassion we can make navigating the complex system of repayment a more human and approachable process. I’m excited to work with Summer to help empower people to tackle their student debt and build a solution from the ground up!
Geena Gao

Geena Gao

Software Engineer
Hometown:
Westfield, NJ

Background

Auditor-turned-software engineer
%

Ukuleleist
%

Nature lover
%

Amateur painter
%

Pilates enthusiast
%


Why Summer?
It’s about time someone stuck up for the borrowers of this country. For too long, people with student loans have been subjected to misinformation and predatory practices that continue to push them farther from becoming debt-free. I’m proud to be part of the team at Summer that’s working to provide them with guidance and support to get them back on the right track.

Yuriko Inaba

Yuriko Inaba

Software Engineer
Hometown:
Fort Lee, NJ

Background

Software engineer
%

Synchronized skater
%

Board game enthusiast
%

Food lover
%


Why Summer?
Higher education is an important investment, but for many people it comes at a high financial cost with a complex system to navigate. While technology can help create all sorts of products, it’s important to me that the work I do has a significant, positive impact. I love the idea of working for a company that is on the side of the borrowers and committed to helping people improve their financial health. Summer also has a great culture with passionate, mission-driven people that I am honored to be a part of!

Calvin Lortie

Calvin Lortie

Software Engineer
Hometown:
Mount Vernon, OH

Background

Backend engineer
%

Lifelong runner
%

Pre-Disney Star Wars buff
%

Wannabe audiophile
%


Why Summer?
I feel compelled to use my career to serve a higher calling. At Summer, I can do exactly that. Summer is an organization filled with compassionate people who are determined to alleviate the suffering of those affected by our ever-growing student debt crisis. I’m honored to work alongside them on this mission.

READ THE REPORTS:

Buried in Debt:
The Domino Effect

Published November 1, 2018

We surveyed 7,095 borrowers from all 50 states to understand how the burden of student debt impacts borrowers’ everyday lives.

Read the Report

Student Debt and Demographics: Disparate Impact

Published March 11, 2019

The severity of the student debt crisis is compounded in minority communities, perpetuating an intergenerational cycle.

Read the Report

The Debt Burden of LGBTQ+ Youth

Published April 8, 2019

LGBTQ+ borrowers receive significantly less family support and face higher default rates than non-LGBTQ peers.

Read the Report

READ THE REPORTS:

Buried in Debt: The Domino Effect

Published November 1, 2018

We surveyed 7,095 borrowers from all 50 states to understand how the burden of student debt impacts borrowers’ everyday lives.

Read the Report

Student Debt and Demographics: Disparate Impact

Published March 11, 2019

The severity of the student debt crisis is compounded in minority communities, perpetuating an intergenerational cycle.

Read the Report

The Debt Burden of LGBTQ+ Youth

Published April 8, 2019

LGBTQ+ borrowers receive significantly less family support and face higher default rates than non-LGBTQ peers.

Read the Report

Learn more about the student debt crisis

Stay updated on the student debt crisis—our report, The Domino Effect, reveals the latest trends.