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Lower costs and increase productivity with the only fully-integrated, digital platform for financial advisors.

Feel good about
your money.

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We’re on a mission to make independent
financial advice better, more affordable,
and more accessible.

When it comes to personal
finances, there’s a lot of
noise out there.

Trying to manage money on your
own can feel overwhelming.

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Wall Street is not looking
out for you.

Many companies sell high-commission products, charge excessive fees, or may use deceptive practices to make money.

We think there’s a better way. You deserve transparency, fair pricing, and great, independent financial advice.

So we started Altruist.

We want to help tens of millions of people have an amazing experience with their money by supporting thousands of financial professionals.

Our software makes advisors more efficient and gives them the freedom to charge less. This means you’ll pay less, make more, and gain confidence.

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Altruist is backed by some of the country’s top
investors, including Venrock, Vanguard, and
Insight Partners.

Together, we're breaking down barriers
into wealth management.

Our team is motivated by
doing what’s right.

Meet Altruist.

Jason Wenk

CEO, Founder

Jason has lived and breathed the financial services industry over the last 20 years as a financial advisor, investment systems developer, analyst, and founder of his previous company, FormulaFolios.

With Jason as CEO, FormulaFolios achieved a 13,927% 3-year growth rate and managed over $3.2 billion. This rapid growth ranked the firm as a fastest-growing private company in the country by Inc. magazine 4 years in a row, reaching as high as #10.

Jason was recently named a national EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2018.

Nachiket Shiralkar

Chief Technology Officer

Nachiket leads the technology efforts to build a strong foundation for Altruist and help deliver on our mission. He’s held a myriad of engineering-focused roles throughout his career. He joined Altruist after working at fintech company, Tala, where he served as CTO leading teams across the globe. 

At Tala, Nachiket led the efforts to launch a global lending platform. Prior to that, he spent four years at Ticketmaster as Senior Director of Engineering and VP of Engineering. At Ticketmaster, he helped build a new generation of consumer products. An accomplished technologist and inspirational engineering leader, Nachiket is known for building high-performing teams and systems.

Nachiket graduated from Pune University and University at Buffalo with a Masters in Computer Science.

Grace Mellis

Chief Financial Officer

Grace brings over 20 years of experience in finance, strategy, and management to Altruist, where she’s focused on driving thoughtful growth—rooted in trust, transparency, and teamwork. 

Previously, Grace spent nearly a decade at JPMorgan Chase as a Managing Director and Head of International Strategy within the Corporate and Investment Bank, working alongside Heidi Miller and Jamie Dimon on transformation and business expansion. She also served as EMEA CFO for the Investor Services business, covering Asset Managers, Private Equity and Hedge Funds, and Central Banks.

Grace has invaluable expertise in scaling small private companies as an investor and advisor and has risk management, compliance, and finance experience as an executive and board member in multiple public companies. She serves as a Techstars mentor and investor, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Hyrecar, playing an integral role in helping the company grow from a WeWork space to IPO to joining the Russell 3000 index.

Mazi Bahadori, JD, MBA

CCO, EVP Operations

Mazi is a seasoned veteran in financial technology, having previously served as the CCO and Director of Operations for Aspiration. Prior to this, he worked for PIMCO as VP of Legal & Compliance, Morgan Stanley as a financial advisor and Goldman Sachs as a government affairs associate.

He began his career serving as an aide in the U.S. Congress and the White House Counsel’s office. Mazi holds a JD and MBA from Chapman University and a BA in History from UC Berkeley.

As a finance executive, Mazi has been responsible for legal, compliance, operations, investor relations, risk management, and cybersecurity functions.

Pete Dorsey

Chief Strategy & Revenue Officer

With over two decades of experience in the RIA business, Pete oversees Altruist’s go-to-market strategy. He works closely with the marketing, product, and customer success teams to provide the best platform and client experience for our customers.

Pete has worked with the country’s largest RIA custodians, Fidelity and TD Ameritrade. At TD Ameritrade, he supported a best-in-class client experience across the platform, implementing a scalable, responsible growth strategy, generating over $650 billion in assets under management in just ten years to become the second-largest RIA custodian in the U.S. 

Pete holds a B.A in Economics from St. Anselm College, an MBA from Pepperdine University, and also attended Cornell University’s Executive Education Program.

Zach Pentel

Chief Marketing Officer

A seasoned brand and marketing strategist, Zach oversees Altruist’s current and future-focused advertising and communication strategies. He joined Altruist after four years at Spotify, where he led global brand strategy. As a creative agency executive earlier in his career, he led brand and marketing strategy for iconic consumer and B2B brands alike.

In addition to developing strategies to propel Altruist into new phases of growth, he helps teams across the company define, understand, and target new audiences.

Zach holds an MA in Communications and Technology from Georgetown University, a BA from George Washington University, and is an adjunct faculty member at the Columbia University Graduate School of Professional Studies.

Katherine Starros, SPHR®

Head of People

Katherine builds, implements, and leads all recruiting, people programs, and processes that enable a thriving world-class culture as Altruist continues to grow.

Prior to joining Altruist, she held people leadership roles at tech companies Deep 6 AI and ATTN:. Her ability to develop relationships combined with her unique blend of experience in both recruiting and operations strategy makes her critical in helping Altruist scale sustainably.

Katherine graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and classical civilization. She continued her education at UC Berkeley, completing business administration, accounting, HR, and financial planning classes. Katherine holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources certification from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI®).

Harpreet Ahluwalia, MBA

VP Product

Prior to Altruist, Harpreet was VP of Product at ServiceTitan, where he led the product management and product design teams and helped establish the company as the leading software platform for home services businesses.

Earlier in his career, he held product management roles at Salesforce,, and He also worked as an associate investment banker at UBS.

Harpreet holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics from UC Berkeley.

John Scianna

VP Brand & Design

John leads the team that brings the mission of Altruist to life through brand identity and product design. With a background as a graphic designer, John brings a design-thinking approach to Altruist to materialize the vision of helping advisors and their clients feel good about their money.

As part of the team at FormulaFolios with Jason Wenk, he helped the firm achieve its rapid growth as their Creative Director where he managed the marketing and design teams. In his time as a design professional in financial services, he’s helped hundreds of independent advisors better communicate and connect with the people they serve.

John received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a graphic design emphasis from Kendall College of Art and Design.

Michelle Shotts

VP Customer Success

Putting customers first is Michelle’s motto. She’s made a career out of launching and scaling new initiatives and functions, as well as transforming struggling businesses. 

Before joining Altruist, Michelle worked at PatientPop Inc. as VP of Customer Success. During her time there, she created a culture focused on growth and development while improving productivity by over 20%, achieving 125% of the annual upsell target and improving Net Promoter Score® (NPS®) from 30 to 41. 

Michelle graduated from Arizona State University and holds a Voice of the Customer professional certification.

Ellie Kibbe

Product Design Manager

Ross Labardee

Engineering Manager

Torie Yamamoto

Advertising Compliance Officer

Chris Eversley

Talent Acquisition Coordinator

Julia Kim

Senior Product Designer

Zoe Arrieta

Brand Designer

Saier Jiang

Client Advocate

Dominique Bellamy

Customer Success Associate

Nandini Chavali

Engineering Manager—QA/Automation

Alexandra Mora

Product Manager

Rachel Brown

Senior Product Manager

Gabriel Kleiner

Director of Compliance

Alex Solis

AML Compliance Officer

Blake Hunter

Product Designer

Roman Naimushin

Product Designer

Stephanie Ladjevardi

Director, Talent Acquisition

Michael Byram

Engineering Manager

Amanda Post

Front End Engineer

Jordan Daniels

Front End Engineer

Dasarte Yarnway

Head of Community

Rob Manukyan

Lead Product Designer

Mariam Nersisyan

Software Engineer

Valery Guinto

Compliance Associate

Nanea Fujiyama

Sr. People Operations Manager

Shabana Siyed

Marketing Manager

Andrea Carlson

Senior Customer Support Specialist

Raphael Rivero

Growth Marketing Associate

Taylor Wilson

Customer Success Operations Manager

Gokul Ramanathan

Quantitative Researcher

Justin Lewis

Senior Engineer

Nicholas DiDominicus

Broker-Dealer Operations Representative

Adam Grealish

Head of Investments

Ryan Wenk

Operations Manager

Nathan Busscher

Sr. Director, Product Management

Eugeny Porubaev

Backend Engineer

Valerii Iakovlev

Backend Engineer

Jake Walther

Customer Support Specialist

Rebecca Veraldi

Customer Success Associate

Krunal Joshi

Software Engineer

Samantha Durant

Front End Engineer

Brittney Castro, CFP®

Head of Education

Ted Zhang

Principal Product Manager

Igor Tseluiko

Staff Software Engineer

Jeff Skafi

Front End Engineer

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