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Meet the founder

At Candidly, we’re passionate about what we do because we’ve been there ourselves.

Six years ago, our founder and CEO Laurel Taylor was on the fast track to reaching her career goals. But the weight of the student debt she and her mother had racked up to fund her education — rang in at almost $200,000 — was holding her back from realizing her full potential. So Laurel took matters into her own hands, and in 2016, founded Candidly (then called FutureFuel.io) to address the unmet — and urgent — market need for smart solutions that support individuals and families through every step of the planning, borrowing, and repayment experience.

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60 team members, six countries, one vision

We’re a remote-first team of leaders, creators, visionaries, parents, partners, cycling enthusiasts, winemakers, and champion jugglers (yes, really!) united by a single, shared vision: a future in which education helps people move forward — and never holds them back.

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Cecilia Schiebel Software Engineer

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Magalí Rodrigues Pires Data Scientist

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Shanice Dennis-Russell Software Engineer

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Alex Lima Product Designer

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Elison Queiroz Software Engineer

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Javier Navero Product Manager

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Letícia Massenan Software Engineer

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Nuno Leong Software Engineer

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Pedro Lima Software Engineer

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Pedro Unas Software Engineer

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Rodrigo Souza Software Engineer

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Ruben Fonseca Software Engineer

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Ruben Gomes Software Engineer

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Sergio Moreira Senior UI Designer

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Tiago Raposeira Software Engineer

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Tiago Silva Software Engineer

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Vinicius Siqueira Software Engineer

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Ali Mulondo Software Engineer

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Kafuko Wilson Software Engineer

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Mulumba Nasiifu Software Engineer

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Odeke Angulo Software Engineer

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Adaline Anaya Head of Support Services

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Alexandria White Visual Designer

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Allie George Talent Partner

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Amber Moulder Director of Partnership Relationship Management

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Andrew Blaho Sales Account Executive

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Anna Griffin Onboarding Specialist

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Annie Lee People Operations Manager

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Anthony Piris Senior Infrastructure Engineer

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Ashley Ayodele Project Manager

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Benjamin Levine Chief of Staff & Head of Data Science

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Brianna Jones Director of Engineering

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Brittany Tony Enterprise Account Executive

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Carli Reddy Coaching Specialist

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Connie Zervakos Director of Partnership Relationship Management

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David Sauro Head of Cybersecurity

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Deirdre Bertrand Chief Operating Officer

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Ed Fink Director of Partnership Relationship Management

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Emily Bernard User Acceptance Testing Lead

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Enjoli Ramsey Student Loan Coaching Specialist

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Eric Edgerton Software Engineer

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Erica Miller Controller

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Frank Steinberg Software Engineer

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Geraldine Torres Santiago User Support Specialist

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James Sheridan Head Student Debt Coach

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Jennifer Blair General Counsel

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Jennifer Grapentine Payments Operations Manager

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Jennifer Shivamber Senior Support Specialist

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Jordan Klein Enterprise Account Executive

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Jorge Davy-Mendez Senior Product Manager

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Kat Peck Senior Product Marketing Manager

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Katiria Valdez Support Services Representative

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Keisha Ennon Senior Support Specialist

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Kevin Solan VP, Marketing

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Kevin Walker Co-Founder and President

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Lakshmi Kadiyala DevOps Engineer

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Larry Sanford Vice President of People

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Laurel Taylor Founder & Chief Executive Officer

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Lauren Elkins Marketing Engineer

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Lawrence Rausch SVP, Lending Partnerships

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Lydia Ward Senior Marketing Manager

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Marco Martellini Senior Product Manager

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Maria DiMaggio VP, Operations & Payments

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Mark Rose SVP, Product & Experience

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Meera Oliva Chief Marketing Officer

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Michael Kosoff Director of Marketing

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Michael Sowa Director of Strategic Partnerships

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Michaela Noe Head of Customer Success

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Monica Herrera Rodriquez Senior Accountant

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Nanhee Kim Revenue and Billing Manager

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Nate Sweet Senior Product Manager

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Nicholas Ferdon SVP, Revenue & Partnerships

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Patrick Hendershott Data Scientist

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Paul Kovarsky Head of Strategic Partnerships

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Robbie Morris Student Loan Coaching Specialist

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Robin Roylance Director of Customer Marketing

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Ross Orthwein UX Designer

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Ryan Derkson Account Executive, Sales

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Sam Martin Data Scientist

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Sam Murphy Customer Success Manager

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Sam Shoemaker Customer Success Operations Analyst

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Shealove Henry User Support Specialist

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Sheetal Suchde UI Designer

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Steve Saracino Director of Strategic Partnerships

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Varun Bopardikar Product Manager

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Total lifetime student loan debt of the Candidly team

$1,555,500

Percent of Candidly team with student loan debt

57%

Current outstanding student loan debt of the Candidly team

$287,000

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Our values

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Empathy

The people we serve and how we treat each other come before the bottom line, period. Compassion and understanding guide our roadmap, and every step we take demonstrates how we value our customers, our team, and our community.

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Collaboration

Our team may be fully remote-first, but we’re never distant. Intentional collaboration and open communication keep our growing team nimble so we can always be ready for what comes next (and, not to mention, it’s more fun that way!).

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Humility

The phrase ‘humble and hungry’ gets thrown around a lot — but at Candidly, it’s more than just talk. Doing the right thing is never the wrong answer, and learning from failure is just as — if not more — important as celebrating success.

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Desenrascanco

Pronounced "dez-zen-ras-can-so", desenrascanço is a Portuguese word for the art of disentangling one’s self from a problem under unconventional circumstances (sort of like MacGyverism, if you will). We practice resourcefulness and tenacity every day so that when urgent needs arise, we can respond not just with grit — but with efficiency and poise, too.

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Leadership

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Adaline Anaya Head of Support Services

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Benjamin Levine Chief of Staff & Head of Data Science

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Brianna Jones Director of Engineering

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Deirdre Bertrand Chief Operating Officer

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Erica Miller Controller

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Jennifer Blair General Counsel

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Kevin Walker Co-Founder and President

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Larry Sanford Vice President of People

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Laurel Taylor Founder & Chief Executive Officer

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Mark Rose SVP, Product & Experience

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Meera Oliva Chief Marketing Officer

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Michaela Noe Head of Customer Success

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Nicholas Ferdon SVP, Revenue & Partnerships

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Board of directors

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Laurel Taylor

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Jenny Abramson

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Anthony Lee

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Stuart Nagae

Jim Palermo

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Kevin Walker

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