About Us

We are on a mission to eliminate financial barriers to education.

The SharePay Story

SharePay is mission-driven FinTech company focused on expanding educational access across the globe. We partner directly with colleges, universities, and other educational providers to help increase educational opportunity and reduce financial barriers to economic mobility. SharePay is a free tuition financing solution for online education. By placing two lines of code on a school’s tuition checkout page, students can secure funding from by opening a SharePay income sharing account.

Meet the people building SharePay

Our team expertise consists of education, technology, finance and design.

Nicolette Rankin
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Nicolette Rankin is an EdTech American entrepreneur and Harvard Business School case protagonist. She’s also a nominee for CEO of California Community College’s 115th college, the Online School scheduled to open in fall 2019. In her career, she has raised more than $120 million dollars in venture capital to grow some of the most trusted and profitable online schools in the world, including Open English, Next University, Good Unversity and Arena Education. She started SharePay to make quality education affordable, accessible, and achievable for everyone.
Lily Liu
Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer
Lily Liu is a social entrepreneur and tech startup advisor. She started PublicStuff, a platform enabling governments and residents to communicate, which raised over $7M and was acquired by Accela. At SharePay, she is focused on ensuring that the vision of democratizing affordable education comes to life. Lily was named one of Forbes’ 30 under 30′ top entrepreneurs and Business Insiders people to watch. She received her Master of Science from Carnegie Mellon University, is a self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie, surfer and a lover of the arts.
Erin Grogan
Co-Founder, Board Member & Chief Financial Officer
Erin Grogan is a finance leader that prepares payment technology companies for scalable growth through the implementation of sound business practices. In her last role, she led the acquisition of YouCaring to GoFundMe in 2018. Erin joined the SharePay team to lay the foundation to best protect student identity and align stakeholder values.
Nataliya Preiss
Co-Founder, Investor & Head of Business Development
Nataliya Preiss is a social change activist and economic development leader. She’s the founder of Teen Silicon Beach, an entrepreneurship program to foster development and promote student engagement. Her mission behind SharePay is to bring income-based programs to create more equitable economic opportunities for everyone.
Lily LaPenna
Senior Advisor & Head of Economic Development
Lily Lapenna MBE is the founder of MyBnk, which supports young people to become financially resilient. After having included financial education into the UK school curriculum, Lily now advises the public and private sector on financial inclusion and education. In 2017 Queen Elizabeth II honored Lily with an MBE in recognition of her work in financial services and entrepreneurship. She is excited about working at SharePay to democratize access to education to start with and eventually to apply the SharePay model across other human rights such as healthcare.
Emily Bush
Senior Advisor & Head of Innovation Development
Emily Bush is Co-Founder of shEOS, a General Partner at Decentra Capital a Blockchain and Cryptocurrency focused hedge fund. She’s also an advisor to GoChain and Blockchain Strategist for VERSES.io. She’s excited about SharePay’s potential to give students ownership rights to their online identities.