MPOWER Brings on SoFi and Student-Lending Veteran Renee Suryan as Director of University Relations

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MPOWER Financing is pleased to formally announce the addition of Renee Suryan to its team. With more than 20 years of experience in student lending, including 10 years as a financial aid administrator, she joins MPOWER as Director of University Relations.

Student-lending veteran and former SoFi executive Renee Suryan joins MPOWER as Director of University Relations.

“Having Renee on board brings additional industry knowledge as we continue our growth trajectory and extend our university partnerships," said MPOWER CEO and Co-Founder Manu Smadja.

MPOWER Financing is pleased to formally announce the addition of Renee Suryan to its team. With more than 20 years of experience in student lending, including 10 years as a financial aid administrator, she joins MPOWER as Director of University Relations.

Along with her depth of expertise, Suryan brings her expansive industry relationships to MPOWER. Most recently, she served as an executive at Social Finance Inc. (SoFi) and JPMorgan Chase, delivering student lending and financial literacy products and services to campuses nationwide.

In her new position, Suryan serves as a primary liaison to schools. Her responsibilities center on developing relationships with colleges and universities to ensure their students ― both international and domestic ― have access to the financial resources necessary to attend and complete college.

“Renee has already become an integral member of the team,” said MPOWER CEO and Co-Founder Manu Smadja. “Our visions are aligned around the future of student lending, and her experience in the market helps propel us to the next level. Having her on board brings additional industry knowledge as we continue our growth trajectory and extend our university partnerships.”

Currently growing at a rate of 40 percent month-over-month in loan volume, MPOWER projects it will have more than 200 school partnerships and 21 state licenses by the end of 2016.

“It’s an exciting time to be part of the MPOWER team,” said Suryan. “Every day we work to remove barriers to higher education for international students and have a direct impact on their lives. It’s very rewarding. I look forward to supporting more and more students and helping them gain access to the financing they need to complete their educations.”

For more information on MPOWER and its mission, visit mpowerfinancing.com.

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About MPOWER Financing
As a Public Benefit Corporation, MPOWER removes financial barriers to higher education in the U.S. by working with investors and universities to lend to high-potential students who are left out by traditional banks. In addition to providing students with access to the financial resources necessary to attend and complete college, MPOWER builds students’ credit histories, provides them with personal finance education, and offers gateway financial products to prepare them for life after college. For more information, visit mpowerfinancing.com, or follow MPOWER on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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