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This was the idea that Meratas was founded upon.
Here at Meratas, we believe that education should be available to everyone. We have noticed there are two major problems with education today:
Many students want to learn relevant skills to upgrade their career, but they don't have the financial means to do so. As a result, they are unable to upskill.
We have also noticed that there are many high-quality educational programs that have trouble filling their seats.
We decided to do something about these problems.
Darius Goldman created Meratas to help democratize access to continued education by providing a better ISA solution to schools and skills training programs.
Prior to founding Meratas, Darius was a partner and head of the Distressed Debt & Claims Trading legal practice group, at the international law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, where he provided legal guidance surrounding investments in special situations and unique asset classes such as Income Share Agreements. During his legal tenure, Darius was one of the earliest professionals to specialize in ISAs, helping clients identify risks and understand opportunities involving ISAs.
As an early pioneer in ISAs, Darius recognized a need for better tools to efficiently manage ISA programs at scale. Meratas helps institutions launch thoughtful ISA programs designed to promote student accessibility and increase enrollment.
Our ISA programs are structured to incentivize students, schools, employers and capital providers to work together to promote and finance only the best educational programs that lead to great careers.
Outside of the office, you'll find Darius spending time with his three kids, splitting wood, and making the frequent Costco-run.
Shannon is Meratas’ Director of Partnerships and Operations.
Shannon, already with two degrees under her belt, knows all too well about the struggles of tackling student debt. Once she learned about Income Share Agreements and how they offer opportunities for people to change their lives without being restricted by financial barriers, as well as align risk and have the payments be fair and dependent on success, she knew she had to be involved.
Now, Shannon runs the day-to-day operations at Meratas and oversees the process to help educate partners on the benefits of offering an ISA option to their students. Her goal is to make sure everyone understands the ins and outs of Income Share Agreements, as well as the Meratas Platform, so they can run a successful ISA option for their program.
When she’s not talking ISAs or creating new internal systems, you can probably find her under the sea exploring shipwrecks or up in the mountains skiing trees.
At Meratas, Marty is responsible for our school partners' growth strategy, a challenge that aligns perfectly with his personal mission to make higher education more affordable and accessible, especially for underrepresented communities.
Growing up as the younger of two siblings in a single-parent home, Marty is acutely aware of the burden that financial challenges take on most families looking to advance through education. Now, Marty pays it forward by educating colleges and universities on how to leverage ISAs to create more equitable access to higher education for families like his own.
When Marty's not teaching and coaching schools on how to implement ISAs, he's teaching and coaching children at his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy or surfing with one of his three dogs in sunny San Diego, CA.
Sean is the Customer Success Manager for Meratas. Sean is passionate about opening access to education and that is what lead him to Meratas. He wants to help utilize Income Share Agreements so Meratas can do their part in giving students an alternative way to fund their future.
When he's not helping our partners get the most out of their ISA program, he's probably stopping pucks on the rink, sinking hole-in-ones on the golf course, or hanging out with his wife and son.
Tyler is the Marketing Manager at Meratas and is passionate about telling stories. Coming from both the traditional university world as well as being the graduate of an online professional development program, he's seen every different avenue of modern education. He's excited by the freedom of choice and freedom of opportunity that modern education offers so when he learned about ISAs, he knew that they would be the key to helping others pursue the education and life that they've always wanted.
When he's not optimizing search engine results or overseeing marketing projects, you can catch him playing guitar, taking photos with his film cameras, or traveling with friends
Kyle is Meratas’ Senior Account Manager. He’s driven to provide affordable and effective, student-first education using ISAs. Taking a non-traditional route to a sales career has helped him appreciate the importance of training programs that meet a potential student where they’re at, and allow them to succeed not based on their financial status, but the effort they’re willing to put in.
Kyle has the privilege of supporting Meratas’ stellar lineup of partners in supplying their students and members with the most effective education possible, financed through ISAs. He aims to ensure a frictionless and beneficial experience for new and existing partners, students, and potential clients through his expertise on the platform and unparalleled customer service.
Away from the desk, you’ll find Kyle visiting one of Seattle’s many incredible parks, hitting the slopes (poorly), and taking a ferry ride whilst sampling some chowder with his trusty Bassador, Apollo.
Anna is Meratas' resident creative specialist and enjoys researching and writing on a range of topics. A graduate from an online college alternative bootcamp, she enjoys thinking outside of the box and looking for new and innovative ways to solve problems. She’s passionate about Income Share Agreements as they help to do just that: solve the problems that student loan debt has created in the world of higher education.
When she's not writing blog posts or making herself laugh while designing ISA memes, you can catch her hanging out with her many animals, playing piano, or watching Vanderpump Rules.