We are driven

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

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 2013 founding in Michigan, 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


active student users


college and university partners



Building the #1 early career community

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.

Leadership team


Luke Baxter

Chief Product Officer

Valerie Capers Workman

Chief Legal Officer

Ben Christensen


Christine Cruzvergara

Chief Education Strategy Officer


Ankit Garg

VP, Enterprise Product

Katherine Kelly

VP, Education Marketing

Deepak Kumar

VP, Data

Garrett Lord

Co-Founder and CEO


Jonathan Lu

VP & GM, Europe

Asif Makhani

Chief Technology Officer

Christine Nicolas

VP, Revenue Operations

Anand Paka

VP of Product, Student


Jordan Pedraza

VP, Global Support

Jessica Peluso

VP, Enterprise Sales

Chris Pennington

SVP, Sales

Scott Ringwelski



Sara Rowghani

Chief Marketing Officer

Jonathan Stull

Chief Operating Officer

Chris Rynders

VP, Strategic Sales and Growth

Kamal Thakarsey

VP, Employer Marketing

Malthe Sigurdsson

Chief Design Officer

Paloma Thombley

VP, People

Brett Skale

Chief Revenue Officer

Mallory Wheaton

VP, Employer Customer Experience

Board of Directors


Ben Christensen


Margo Georgiadis

Partner, General Catalyst

Mamoon Hamid

General Partner, Kleiner Perkins

Michael Lomax

President and CEO, UNCF


Garrett Lord

Co-Founder and CEO

Alistair Mitchell

Partner & Co-Head, EQT Ventures

Megan Quinn

COO, Niantic

Toni Schneider

Partner, True Ventures


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