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, professional development, and advocacy tools in order to equip students with the knowledge and skills to lead financially successful and fulfilling lives.
Our mission is to revolutionize the teaching of personal finance in all schools and to improve the financial lives of the next generation of Americans.
NGPF is a free high-school personal finance curriculum and professional development partner helping teachers deliver essential money understanding in an easy-to-grasp, engaging way. We offer a complete course of up-to-date, customizable lessons and activities designed to spark participation and make ideas memorable. Professional development and events build personal connections, enable knowledge sharing, and highlight information teachers find truly useful.
Tim Ranzetta, Founder
Jessica Endlich Winkler, Chief Operating Officer
Laura Matchett, Director of Teacher Engagement
Sonia Dalal, Curriculum Developer
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 working on various projects, you can find her raving about the movie she most recently watched, learning a new hobby, or cracking what she thinks are witty puns!
Rita Fung, Office Manager
Rita has gained a lot of experience wearing many hats from working in various industries (web design, commercial real estate, mobile electronic accessories). She enjoys the challenge of organizing chaos and simplifying complex problems. Some of Rita's hobbies include travel, baking, photography, volleyball, and fitting square pegs into round holes.
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
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.
Donnesh Farmanfarmaian, Intern
Donnesh is a new addition to the team and is currently a freshman at Foothill College studying journalism. He loves writing blogs, and editing the curriculum's language. Using his investigative skills, Donnesh is careful to ensure that all content he combs through is accurate, updated, and insightful. In his free time, Donnesh loves skiing, playing lacrosse, making music, and writing short stories.
Cade Raubenheimer, Intern
Cade is currently a Junior at Palo Alto High School. In her free time she rock climbs, spends time with her friends, and is currently learning Italian. She loves traveling and learning about different cultures. She is very excited to be part of the NextGen team!