We are driven

We’re driven by the mission to give all students the chance to build the career they want, no matter where they’re from or what school they attend. 

Committed to

While studying at Michigan Tech University, Handshake founders Garrett Lord, Ben Christensen, and Scott Ringwelski discovered the glaring inequality in career opportunities for students across the country. Believing that software had the potential to bridge this opportunity gap, they built the foundations of Handshake. The friends took their idea on a cross-country road trip to better understand the challenges students face when applying to jobs and to persuade college career centers to partner with them.

Handshake was created to ensure that all college students have equal access to meaningful careers. Since our 2013 founding in Michigan, our network of university and employer partners—and the impact for students— has grown exponentially. Within a few years, Handshake has become the leading early career community in the US.

The Handshake network


active users


college and university partners



Building the #1 early career community

Careers at Handshake

Our team is growing! Join a passionate, driven, and empathetic team that’s focused on making an impact, and committed to creating an inclusive culture for all.

Leadership team


Mike Bailen

VP Talent

Luke Baxter

Chief Product Officer

Valerie Capers Workman

Chief Legal Officer

Ben Christensen



Christine Cruzvergara

Chief Education Strategy Officer

Ankit Garg

VP Enterprise Product

Katherine Kelly

VP Education Marketing

Brian Kreiner

Chief Financial Officer


Deepak Kumar

VP Data

Garrett Lord

Co-Founder and CEO

Asif Makhani

Chief Technology Officer

Jordan Pedraza

VP Global Support


Jessica Peluso

VP Enterprise Sales

Scott Ringwelski


Malthe Sigurdsson

Chief Design Officer

Brett Skale

Chief Revenue Officer


Jonathan Stull

Chief Operating Officer

Kamal Thakarsey

VP Employer Marketing

Paloma Thombley

VP People

Mallory Wheaton

VP Employer Customer Experience

Board of Directors


Ben Christensen


Margo Georgiadis

Partner, General Catalyst

Mamoon Hamid

General Partner, Kleiner Perkins

Michael Lomax

President and CEO, UNCF


Garrett Lord

Co-Founder and CEO

Alistair Mitchell

Partner & Co-Head, EQT Ventures

Megan Quinn

COO, Niantic

Toni Schneider

Partner, True Ventures


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