About Lenda



Our mission

We believe getting a home loan should be honest, fast, and completely online. Our application process is straightforward and streamlined, and saves you money by cutting out the brokers and banks with their commissions and fees. We do it for all of the homeowners and homeowners-to-be that have dealt with telemarketers at dinner time, excessive and unclear fees, never-ending paperwork, systemic discrimination, and off-the-charts levels of stress and frustration.

You deserve complete honesty in your financial decisions, and at Lenda, we exist to protect your most important financial investment: Your Home. Our mission is to Reimagine Homeownership, Starting With Home Loans.

Team Lenda

Jason van den Brand

Jason van den Brand

CEO & Co-Founder

Jason is the CEO and Founder of Lenda and a member of the company’s board of directors. Jason is a 13-year veteran of the mortgage industry. Before Lenda, he founded two profitable mortgage companies, traded options, and helped build a company called Urban Escapes, which was acquired by LivingSocial in 2010.

Keo Sar

Keo Sar

VP, Head of Operations

Keo has often described himself as an accidental leader, but that quickly became a passion, along with building and improving upon businesses. His journey most recently took him to Lending Club, where he helped grow the Credit Operations team, and was present for the company's historic IPO.

Shannon Everley

Shannon Everley

VP of Marketing

Shannon contributes 10+ years of digital and direct marketing to Lenda, most recently helping homeowners go solar at Sungevity. She thinks that customers will love Lenda's straight-talking honesty and simplified home loan experience.

Sean Donn

Sean Donn

VP of Engineering

Sean is passionate about building impactful technology. Previously he was co-founder and CTO of Credit Sesame where he developed a financial advice platform helping millions of consumers with their credit and debt.

Alice Liang

Alice Liang

Head of Product

Alice loves building products at startups with impact-driven missions. She is the former co-founder and head of product at Sensassure which was acquired by SCA in 2016. When she is not building, she enjoys teaching and coaching next-gen PMs at Women in PM and Product School.

Erica Zepko

Erica Zepko

Home Loan Advisor, NMLS ID: 1301941

As a lifelong idealist, Erica became an attorney so she could use her voice to effectuate positive social change. Erica joined the Lenda team in March 2015 having seen firsthand the devastating effects of the housing crisis through her private practice.

Sam Arabian

Sam Arabian

Home Loan Advisor, NMLS ID: 1430557

Sam enjoys helping people achieve their goals. He has spent years in the mortgage industry assisting thousands apply for new mortgages and refinancing of current ones. He is most excited to push the envelope in developing a world renowned product.

David Ho

David Ho

Home Loan Advisor, NMLS ID: 1399224

David spent 7+ years in the financial services industry before transitioning over to mortgage lending. His inquisitive personality is what drives him to figure out solutions and make a difference for consumers. David enjoys the adventures of getting "lost" when he's traveling.

Michael Baucus

Michael Baucus

Business Development Manager

Michael spent 6 years in marketing in the US and Asia before transitioning to BD in 2015. A Bay Area native who's passionate about improving people's lives — whether it’s professionally or by cracking a corny joke, Michael thrives on the positive energy of others.

Kathy Li

Kathy Li

Operations Production Manager

Kathy has over 10 years of mortgage industry experience. She brings a breath 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, hiking, learning, culture and food.

Laura Hulse

Laura Hulse

Closing Operations Supervisor

Closing a home loan is an exercise in labyrinthine regulatory requirements, wait-times, & confusion. Laura is driven to transform this into a fast, simple, & fully-digital experience for the consumer.

Kaiye Chen

Kaiye Chen

Operations Closer

After spending 5+ years in the traditional banking/mortgage industry, Kaiye is dedicated to improving the home lending process with modern technology. Inspired by Lenda's vision & values, he is driven to make a difference.

Danielle Williams

Danielle Williams

Operations Processor

Danielle is a Petaluma native coming to Lenda with 10 years experience in the finance industry. She received her mortgage license in 2014, and has always been heavily involved in the finance and mortgage industry. Danielle is very goal driven, but her passion in life is helping others.

Tony Try

Tony Try

Associate Product Manager

Tony is inspired by companies that seek to make impactful changes to society. Starting in traditional banking over 8 years ago, his financial adventure has brought him from a pre- to post-IPO experience with industry-disruptor Lending Club to the forward-thinking and progressive Lenda.

Teo Dell'Amico

Teo Dell'Amico

Full Stack Engineer

Teo has been breaking apart computers to see how they work since he was 5 years old. Since then he has focused on modern web development with a preference for Ruby on Rails, CoffeeScript and HTML/CSS. In his free time he enjoys exercising and playing guitar.

Dan Eisenberg

Dan Eisenberg

Operations Analyst

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.

Angel Evangelista

Angel Evangelista

Underwriting Lead

Angel has over 10 years in the traditional mortgage industry before joining Lenda. Her involvement includes making the underwriting process more in line with what people want and minimizing the everyday headaches that come with a traditional mortgage.

Annie Redmond

Annie Redmond

Front End Engineer

Annie’s career journey began in mortgage as a compliance officer and took several twists before joining the Lenda team. Her careers included finance, training horses and security before discovering her passion for coding software.

Lily Kwong

Lily Kwong

Mortgage Operations

Lily was born and raised in San Francisco. In addition to mortgage operations, she loves traveling, fashion and cooking. She is passionate about expanding her knowledge and disrupting the status quo in mortgage.

Reviews

Julie Q.

Julie Q.

"The refinance process at Lenda was easy and streamlined. Their customer support was very helpful and quick to respond when I had questions. I would definitely recommend Lenda."

Robby D.

Robby D.

"Lenda knew what the headaches would be up front for my first refinance and came up with solutions. I got my refinance done and got a great rate without application fees."

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