The Lenda Story and Team
Jason van den Brand
CEO & Co-Founder
Jason has been a licensed broker for over 10 years and is a serial entrepreneur. Two of his previous successful companies were in the mortgage space, with another which exited to Living Social.
Head of Product
David Whittemore is a product guy, entrepreneur, and former Head of Product at Lenda, a financial technology company focused on bringing mortgages into the modern world. Before Lenda, David was the co-founder and Head of Product at Clothes Horse, a fashion technology startup that was acquired by Rakuten in 2015. Before Clothes Horse, he was the first product manager and employee #20 at OnDeck Capital, a small business lending company that went on to IPO in 2014. David began his career in product management at Monitor110, also in the Financial Technology Space. David graduated with a BA in economics and philosophy from Columbia University.
VP, Head of Operations
Keo has often described himself as an accidental leader, first stumbling upon it at a big-box retailer. But that quickly became a passion, along with building and improving upon businesses. A lifelong learner who likes to continue challenging himself, his journey most recently took him to Lending Club, where he helped grow the Credit Operations team from about 40 people to over 150 people, and was present for the company's historic IPO in December 2014. Keo has a rambunctious 2-year old dog named BB and in his off-time you can find him doing something outdoors, travelling, reading, or enjoying a nice glass of wine. And not always in that order.
Home Loan Advisor
An Oakland native and lifelong idealist, Erica became an attorney, so she could use her voice to effectuate positive social change. After law school, her passion for real estate and property law led her to work at a real estate brokerage and subsequently several boutique real estate firms before setting up her own successful practice. An advisor to Dreamcatcher Youth Services and Pro Bono Counsel with the SF Bar Association, Erica joins the Lenda team having seen firsthand the devastating effects of the housing crisis in the Bay Area and resolute in her belief that Lenda can ensure that financial meltdowns like 2008 never happen again. In her free time, Erica is an avid traveler, snowboarder, and gastronomist, that loves seeing live music and hanging out with her dog.
Laura works in Lenda's Closing Operations with the goal of building out a borrower experience that is as seamless, transparent, and pain-free as possible. She believes the future of mortgage and finance lies in tech-forward products and companies which provide easy, accessible, streamlined options for all their consumers, tailored to their particular needs. In her spare time she tries to squeeze in as much travel, reading, and art as she can manage.
Yevgeny is a digital-first thinker with an ability to grow critical KPI’s. He thrives in an environment of fast testing, measuring & iterating, in pursuit of goals & objectives. Expertise in growth marketing campaigns, user experience design, audience development & profit scalability. Experience in leading execution across several cross-functional partners including product, engineering, design, marketing, PR, content, and partners. Nine years experience growing revenue & performance metrics for Fortune 500 companies, eCommerce stores, agencies, startups & small businesses.
Home Loan Advisor
Sam enjoy's helping people understand their refinance options and process. You can find him fly fishing on the weekends and leading his dodgeball team to victory in the evenings. He has spent years in the mortgage industry assisting thousands of people applying for new mortgages and refinancing of current ones.
Kathy has over 10 years of mortgage industry experience. She brings a breadth of knowledge to the team and is focused on providing Lenda users with an awesome mortgage experience. In her spare time, she enjoys international travel, learning, culture and food. She loves to go hiking whenever she gets the chance.
Dan has more than 10 years of real estate and mortgage experience. He acquired and managed real estate private equity investments before joining Lenda, where he now helps make Operations tick. He believes in a transparent, honest, and affordable consumer finance experience.