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, professional development, and advocacy tools in order to equip students with the knowledge and skills to lead financially successful and fulfilling lives.

Our Mission

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.

 

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!

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 & Special Projects Manager

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 and serving populations in underprivileged communities. When Danielle isn't writing NGPF blog posts, spearheading various outreach projects, or managing the social media accounts, you can find her doing some sort of outdoor activity, 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.

Yanely Espinal

Born and raised by Dominican, immigrant parents in Brooklyn, Yanely is a proud product of NYC public schools. She graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School in 2007 before going on to receive her bachelor's degree at Brown University in 2011. As a Teach For America corps member, Yanely taught third and fourth grade in Canarsie, Brooklyn. She received her master's degree from Relay Graduate School of Education in 2013. She spends her spare time making YouTube videos about personal finance on her channel, MissBeHelpful. Yanely also loves to dance, sew, paint, listen to podcasts, and babysit her soon-to-be 7 nieces and nephews!

Sid Sharma, Intern

Sid is currently a studying at the 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 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 attending Cornell University.  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 enjoyed playing baseball for Palo Alto 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 studying 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 currently a studying journalism at Foothill College. 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.