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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
democratizing
opportunity

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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 2014 founding, 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

15M+

active student users

1,500+

college and university partners

900K+

employers

Building the #1 early career community

Handshake is created and welcomes its first university partners.

The team closes seed funding, led by True Ventures, and moves to California! Toni Schneider joins Handshake's Board of Directors. In December, Handshake raises its Series A, led by Kleiner Perkins, and welcomes Eric Feng to the board.

The Handshake network doubles to 200+ universities across the country, and the team hires its 50th employee. Handshake raises its Series B funding led by Spark Capital, and welcomes Megan Quinn to the board.

The network doubles again! Handshake is partnering with more than 400 colleges and universities, including 80% of the top 10 HBCUs, and nearly 250,000 employers.

Handshake raises its Series C funding, led by EQT Ventures, and welcomes Alastair Mitchell to the board. Social impact investors such as the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Omidyar Network, Reach Capital, among others, provide funding to help Handshake further democratize opportunity. The team grows to 100 employees in San Francisco.

Building on the network of more than 900 colleges and universities and 420,000+ employers, Handshake expands its reach even further by opening the community to any student at a four-year college in the US. The Handshake team continues to grow, with more than 200 employees—including offices in Denver and the UK!

Handshake welcomes its first community and technical college partners to the network. With the onset of COVID-19, the Handshake team shifts to virtual and becomes the leading provider of a redefined virtual career fair experience.

The Handshake team nearly doubles to amass over 500 employees across all offices. Handshake raises $80M in Series E funding from our existing investors, and surpasses $1.58B+ in valuation. Handshake lands on Inc. 5000's Best Places to Work list and and Dr. Michael L. Lomax joins our Board of Directors.

Handshake kicks off 2022 with a bang, announcing our Series F funding round of $200M at a valuation of $3.5 billion, more than double our valuation in 2021. We're continuing to expand our footprint and welcome Valerie Capers Workman to the team as Chief Legal Officer.

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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.

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Leadership team

Liz Bourgeois

Liz Bourgeois

Chief Communications Officer

Valerie Capers Workman

Valerie Capers Workman

Chief Talent Engagement Officer

Ben Christensen

Ben Christensen

Co-Founder

Christine Cruzvergara

Christine Cruzvergara

Chief Education Strategy Officer

Matt Greenberg

Matt Greenberg

Chief Technical Officer

Katherine Kelly

Katherine Kelly

Chief Marketing Officer

Deepak Kumar

Deepak Kumar

VP, Data

Jerry Lee

Jerry Lee

VP, Education Partnerships

Garrett Lord

Garrett Lord

Co-Founder and CEO

Jonathan Lu

Jonathan Lu

VP & GM, Europe

Rachel Markov

Rachel Markov

VP, Customer Success

Dan McLennan

Dan McLennan

VP, Sales

Rupa Parameswaran

Rupa Parameswaran

VP, Security and IT

Jordan Pedraza

Jordan Pedraza

VP, Global Support

Ben Pitasky

Ben Pitasky

VP Finance

Scott Ringwelski

Scott Ringwelski

Co-Founder

Chris Rynders

Chris Rynders

VP, Strategic Sales and Growth

Patty Sheikh

Patty Sheikh

SVP GTM Strategy & Operations

Malthe Sigurdsson

Malthe Sigurdsson

Chief Design Officer

Rich Simon

Rich Simon

VP, Talent

Brett Skale

Brett Skale

Chief Revenue Officer

Jonathan Stull

Jonathan Stull

President and COO

Paloma Thombley

Paloma Thombley

Chief Human Resources Officer

Mallory Wheaton

Mallory Wheaton

VP, Employer Customer Experience

Monne Williams

Monne Williams

Chief Impact Officer

Board of Directors

Ben Christensen

Ben Christensen

Co-Founder

Margo Georgiadis

Margo Georgiadis

Partner, General Catalyst

Mamoon Hamid

Mamoon Hamid

General Partner, Kleiner Perkins

Michael Lomax

Michael Lomax

President and CEO, UNCF

Garrett Lord

Garrett Lord

Co-Founder and CEO

Alistair Mitchell

Alistair Mitchell

Partner & Co-Head, EQT Ventures

Megan Quinn

Megan Quinn

COO, Niantic

Toni Schneider

Toni Schneider

Partner, True Ventures

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