Co-Founder and CEO
Ted Gonder is the co-founding CEO of Moneythink, the only movement of young people restoring the economic health of the United States through preventative, transformative, and evidence-driven youth financial education. Since 2009, Moneythink has trained over 1000 college leaders to serve as financial mentors and college role models to over 12000 teenagers across 10 states. From March 2014 to June 2015, he was also a member of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans.
Prior to Moneythink, Ted served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, advising the Obama Administration on immigration policy for foreign entrepreneurs. Previously, he worked with the Kauffman Foundation and the Chilean government on transnational entrepreneurship initiatives, and published research on the topic through MIT Press and McKinsey. Ted got his start in social entrepreneurship leading a number of climate-change-related student initiatives, most notably being appointed and serving as the student advisor to The Climate Project, an organization founded by Al Gore.
Ted has also played an active role as a community builder, founding the World Economic Forum's Chicago Global Shapers Hub, as well as the University of Chicago Entrepreneurship Society.
His work has been featured in MTV, WSJ, and Crain's; and has spoken at the White House, U.S. Senate, NYSE, TEDx, and at top companies such as PwC, IDEO, Dell, and Allstate.
Besides work, Ted enjoys his wife and son, practicing martial arts, admiring wild animals, and writing on his blog.