OUR TEAM
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KEVIN JAMES
FOUNDER & CEO

“… I believe that with the right team—and enough patience, creativity, and focus on social impact—we can break from the current system and dramatically expand opportunity for large groups of individuals that in the past have been left behind in our country.”

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BARRY CYNAMON
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT & CFO

“I joined BFF because I was ready to apply my consulting and research skills to solving an enormous problem. I knew the work would be challenging and fulfilling.”

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MARCY VAN HORN
VICE PRESIDENT, STRATEGIC DESIGN

“I joined BFF to advocate for students and to ensure we represent their voices and views in the design of our programs, products, and services.”

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MIKHAILA MOYNIHAN
STRATEGY & SYSTEMS ANALYST

“I joined Better Future Forward because I have seen the transformational power of education in my life as well as others. I believe that everyone should have access to financial tools that allow them to invest in their future.”

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RIPAL PATEL
LEAD STUDENT MANAGER

“I joined BFF to support the idea of income share agreements as a way to help students with their financial needs."

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Benjamin Riley, Founder and Executive Director, Deans for Impact (Board Chairman)

Amy Martin, Project Manager, Savan group

Erin Crowley, Director of Student Services, Hayfield Secondary School

Steve Goldberg, Founding Principal, Caffeinated Capital LLC

Kevin James, Founder and CEO


ADVISORS

Martha Kanter, Ed.D.
Executive Director, College Promise Campaign
Senior Fellow, Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy at New York University

Dr. Brad J. Hershbein
Economist and Director of Information and Communications Services
W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Dr. Bruce Chapman
Professor of Economics
Australian National University

Dr. Nicholas Barr
Professor of Public Economics
London School of Economics

Dr. Miguel Palacios
Assistant Professor
Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary


Supporters

We are very grateful to the following organizations for supporting BFF’s operations and ISA programs through grants and program-related investments.

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ECMC Foundation

Finnegan Family Foundation

Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Jain Family Institute

Laura and John Arnold Foundation (now Arnold Ventures)

Lumina Foundation