Leadership

Meet our leaders

Our leaders are way more than just a bunch of execs. They're leading our charge - helping people make better financial decisions every day.

Our leaders are way more than just a bunch of execs. They're leading our charge - helping people make better financial decisions every day.

Executive Team

Tim Chen
Tim Chen

Tim Chen

Chief Executive Officer

Meet Tim. Tim is our founder and CEO — a job that's kept him pretty busy over the past nine years. After college he worked on Wall Street and quickly realized there isn't much transparency when it comes to personal finance. So, in 2009, he and co-founder Jake Gibson started NerdWallet. When he's not helping to bring clarity to people's financial decisions, you can find him reading, playing his guitar or enjoying the Bay Area's spectacular geography and climate. Tim has a bachelor's degree in economics from Stanford University.

Kelly Gillease
Kelly Gillease

Kelly Gillease

Chief Marketing Officer

Meet Kelly. Kelly is passionate about Marketing products that can have a truly positive impact and enrich people's lives. She's spent nearly 20 years in Marketing at startups in travel, edTech and search. Kelly's participated in three strategic startup acquisitions as a part of Marketing leadership at Hotwire, Viator and StudyBlue. Outside of NerdWallet Kelly's competed in the American Crossword Puzzle tournament, practices yoga and enjoys time with her son. Kelly is a graduate of UC Berkeley with dual BA degrees in Economics and English.

Robert Lattuga
Robert Lattuga

Robert Lattuga

General Counsel and VP, People Operations

Meet Robert. Robert makes sure NerdWallet is always in compliance and running by the book. He's led teams and solved tough legal issues for LeapFrog Enterprises and Venture Law Group. But he's not just a legal Nerd — he also has a physics degree! On the weekends, you can find him out with his wife and three dogs, building away in his woodshop or catching up on the latest episode of "This American Life." Robert has a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, a master's degree in physics from Harvard and a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of California.

Tracy Mahnken
Tracy Mahnken

Tracy Mahnken

VP, Product

Meet Tracy. Tracy leads a diverse team of product managers and business development pros who are busy growing our emerging businesses. She has over 20 years of product management, marketing, research and sales operations experience in the real estate and CPG industries. Outside of work, for Tracy, usually means being outside with her three teenage Boy Scouts. Her ideal Saturday night includes board games with friends — glass of wine in hand! Tracy has a BA in Economics from the University of Washington.

David Zabowski
David Zabowski

David Zabowski

VP, Engineering

Meet David. David loves building software that makes people's lives better. Throughout his 20-year career, David has built and scaled consumer experiences at companies ranging from tiny startups to heavy hitters like Intuit and Yahoo. When David isn't working hard to ensure NerdWallet has the best engineering talent and tech, you can find him cycling, working on his house or hanging with his wife. David has a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics/computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.

Cameron Carr
Cameron Carr

Cameron Carr

VP, Data

Meet Cameron. Cameron loves finding insight in massive data sets and building analytic tools and teams that shape better customer experiences. Over the past 18 years, Cameron has led data science and analytics organizations for some of the top tech companies, including Netflix, PlayStation and Facebook. When not at work, you can find Cameron cooking, building guitars, enjoying California's outdoors, or simply hanging out with his cats. Cameron has a BSc in BioPsychology from The College of William & Mary, and an MBA from Georgetown McDonough School of Business.

Kevin Yuann
Kevin Yuann

Kevin Yuann

VP, Business

Meet Kevin. Kevin not only grows the largest revenue-generating businesses at NerdWallet, he's also been an essential example of how to scale a team successfully. Before joining NerdWallet, Kevin led a team at Visa, where he focused on strategy and operations. When Kevin isn't going big, he's going home to chase his kids, read the encyclopedia (well, the electronic version) and rock out to the Beastie Boys. Kevin has an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and a bachelor's degree in economics from Brown University.

Maggie Leung
Maggie Leung

Maggie Leung

VP, Content

Meet Maggie. She uses her journalism skills to help people understand the world. At NerdWallet, she's built a team of more than 80 writers and editors who help inform consumers about all things personal finance. She's a seasoned journalist who spent about 20 years at news outlets including CNN, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. When she's not helping people live richer lives, she's searching for adventure. You can find her road-tripping or escaping into a book. Maggie has a bachelor's degree in journalism from San Francisco State University.

Jeffrey Mahacek
Jeffrey Mahacek

Jeff Mahacek

VP, Design

Meet Jeff. Jeff loves making people's lives better through research and design. Over his 20-year career in user experience, Jeff has created solutions for the employees of Petco, the users of Intel's PC and tablet platforms, and millions of Americans looking to improve their financial lives with Experian. Headphones in tow, Jeff is often found rocking out to Lizzo or an original Sondheim cast album, or paying way too much attention to his puppy, CJ. He has a bachelor's degree in theater from Bradley University, which he credits for giving him the ability to pretend like he can do anything.

 
Board of Directors

Tim Chen

Board Member

CEO and Co-Founder of NerdWallet

Tim is CEO of NerdWallet and co-founded the personal finance company in 2009. Tim sets the strategic vision for NerdWallet and is determined to give consumers clarity around all of life’s financial decisions. He currently sits on the board of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC).

Before founding NerdWallet, Tim was a hedge fund analyst at Perry Capital investing in payment processing firms, credit card networks and technology companies. He also worked as an equity analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston.

Tom Loverro

Board Member

General Partner at IVP

Tom joined IVP in April 2015 focusing on investing in later-stage, high growth consumer and enterprise companies. He currently serves as a Board Director or Observer for Attentive, Coinbase, HashiCorp, NerdWallet, and Podium.

Tom was actively involved in sourcing, executing and managing investments in Amplitude, CircleCI, Datadog (DDOG), GitHub (MSFT), IEX, OneDeck (ONDK), and Tanium. He has been recognized as one of venture capital’s up-and-comers by Forbes Magazine.

Simon Williams

Board Member

CEO and Chairman of Camelot Financial Capital

Simon is CEO of Camelot Financial Capital, chairman of Crowdcube and Trussle and serves on the board of NerdWallet. He provides strategic and operational support to financial services businesses that have a competitive edge in delivering superior service, including OnDeck Capital (ONDK), Blingnation (Lifelock Inc.) and 3Bl/Justmeans.

Prior to Camelot Financial, Simon spent 9 years at Citi (C), heading up its international retail bank, consumer groups for Asia Pacific and Latin America and serving as chief risk officer for Citigroup Global consumer group. More recently, he served as head of HSBC’s Wealth management group from 2011-2014.

James D. Robinson III

Board Member

General Partner and Co-Founder of RRE Ventures

James is a general partner and co-founder of RRE Ventures, focusing on emerging enterprise technology with a special concentration in financial services technology. He has extensive leadership experience and currently serves on the Boards of AvantCredit, Coverhound and NerdWallet.

Prior to RRE, James was the CEO and Chairman of American Express (AXP). He also served as a longtime Board member for The Coca-Cola Company (KO) and was a chairperson of Bristol Myers Squibb (BMY).

Jennifer Ceran

Board Member

CFO at Smartsheet

Jennifer has been CFO of Smartsheet Inc. (SMAR) since September 2016 and currently serves on the board of Auth0, True Search and NerdWallet.

She is a seasoned financial executive with over 30 years of experience working across consumer products, technology and finance at companies such as eBay/PayPal, Cisco, Box and Sara Lee Corporation.

Lynne Laube

Board Member

CEO and Co-founder of Cardlytics

Lynne co-founded Cardlytics in 2008, which she took public in 2018. The company has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing tech companies by Deloitte Fast 500 and Inc. 5000 multiple years in a row.

She has more than 25 years of experience helping marketers at Fortune 500 companies and financial institutions around the world – helping them become better and more meaningful partners. Laube has rolled out numerous partnerships with the largest banks in the US including Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Chase. She has been named one of the top 10 venture-backed female founders and featured in Inc. Magazine’s Inspiring Women to Watch.

 
Board Observers

Jan Johannessen

Board Observer

Advisor at iGlobe Partners