Our Story

In 2011, Tim Ranzetta volunteered to teach a personal finance course to high schoolers in East Palo Alto, CA and spent countless hours searching for resources and cobbling together his curriculum. He felt there had to be a better way. A place teachers could easily find ready-to-implement resources, enabling them to plan less and teach more.

In 2014, Tim founded Next Gen Personal Finance as a non-profit organization to connect educators with free resources and equip students with the knowledge and skills to lead financially successful and fulfilling lives.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide ALL young people with access to a free, engaging and high-quality financial education to equip them with the practical knowledge and skills to thrive in the future. 

Our Team

Tim Ranzetta, Founder

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job.  Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.

Jessica Endlich Winkler, Chief Operating Officer

Jessica has an undergraduate degree in finance, spent four years teaching math at a Brooklyn public high school, loves scouring the internet for interesting things to learn, and has a real soft spot for spreadsheets: It's as though this position at NGPF was created just for her. A graduate of Bank Street College of Education, she considers learning personal finance to be a matter of social justice and views the work perpetually through that lens. Having spent the previous six years as a school leader, Jessica misses the daily interaction with teachers but is glad she no longer has to monitor hallways.

Laura Matchett, Director of Teacher Engagement

After graduating with an education degree and spending 7 years in an elementary classroom, Laura made the switch to the non-profit world and loves interacting with students, educators and business professionals across the country.   She is passionate about all students having access to high quality education and views personal finance education as one way to ‘level the playing field’. When Laura is not locating or creating high quality educational resources, you can find her mountain biking or searching for the best ramen in town!

Sonia Dalal, Curriculum Developer

Sonia has always been passionate about instruction and improving students' learning experiences. She's come a long way since her days as a first grader, when she would "teach" music and read to her very attentive stuffed animals after school. Since then, she has helped students as a K-12 tutor, worked in several EdTech startups in the Bay Area, and recently completed her Ed.M in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her favorite part about working with students is helping them understand a concept they are struggling with and witnessing that "Aha!" moment. This energy is what drives her to create compelling personal finance management content that engages students and allows them to apply what they have learned in a meaningful way in their own lives. When she isn't crafting multiple choice questions and lesson plans, Sonia loves to spend her time singing, being outdoors, and adventuring with family and friends!

Melissa Belardi, Curriculum Developer

Melissa is extremely passionate about making abstract ideas more tangible for students. After teaching High School Physical Science for 5 years on the east coast, she has made the switch to a nonprofit in the hopes of reaching all types of learners. In her experience, students were interested in learning more about personal finance and she believes that all students should have access to this material. She first gained insight into inquiry-based and project style learning during her Masters in Education at the University of Pennsylvania GSE and believes these methods are ideal for students to connect financial concepts with their lives. Other than creating learning materials, Melissa loves live music, great food, and playing soccer.

Christian Sherrill, Business Development and Advocacy

Christian comes to NGPF from the world of classroom instruction, where he was a teacher for three years at a public middle school in El Sobrante, California. After leaving the classroom, he joined math tutoring company, Zeal Learning, to help grow their educator-facing sales and marketing efforts. He's no stranger to making a dollar stretch - while living in the Bay Area on his teacher salary he paid down over $40k in student loans in the span of 3 years. He's thrilled to share those lessons with teachers and students around the U.S.

Danielle Bautista, Teacher Engagement & Operations

Danielle is a native of Southern California and a recent graduate from the University of Maine, where she braved the frigid winters—a feat in and of itself—and earned her Bachelor's degree in International Affairs. She has a passion for working with non-profit organizations as well as connecting students of all ages with the education they deserve. Her last job as an intern at Ventura County Government Center helped her fine tune the organizational skills necessary in order to be a valuable asset to NGPF. When Danielle isn't writing NGPF blog posts or helping run day-to-day operations, you can find her raving about the movie she most recently watched, learning a new hobby, or cracking what she thinks are witty puns!

Sid Sharma, Intern

Sid is currently a freshman at University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the former treasurer of the Palo Alto Youth Council and leader of the Youth Friendly Business Initiative. He enjoys playing lacrosse for his school team and in his free time. His dad is a money manager, gifting Sid with an early love for investing and personal finance. Sid uses his attention to detail and organizational skills to help NGPF with product launches.

Niko Lillios, Intern

Niko is currently a Junior at Palo Alto High School.  From selling homemade pies to umpiring Little League Baseball to repairing classic arcade games, Niko has always explored creative ways to make money through his interests. He also enjoys playing baseball for his high school and travel baseball teams. His logic oriented mindset is his most valuable asset in various NGPF projects.

Ren Makino, Intern

Ren is currently a Sophomore at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. He plays rugby for his college and enjoys living on the East Coast. Thanks to going through the NGPF curriculum multiple times, he is able to be financially aware while at college (read more about what he learned here) . He is also the editor of the NGPF podcast and makes sure it is accessible to teachers on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play Music