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.
We believe that all young people deserve a free, quality education to take control of their financial futures. For students making high-stakes decisions for the first time, and the educators charged with preparing them, we proudly offer Next Gen Personal Finance.
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.