Ken Ruggerio

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Ascent Funding

Ken is a veteran and innovator in higher education finance with more than 30 years spent managing start-up through Fortune 1000 companies, helping them create meaningful change and improvement in their delivery of financial services.  During his tenure at Goal Financial, from 2003-2007, the company originated more than $8 billion in student loans and became a top 10 student-loan provider.

After the company’s exit from the lending space in 2008, Ken spearheaded the reinvention of Goal Financial into Goal Solutions and eventually, Goal Investment Group, a family of financial technology companies which serve the consumer finance market. Goal Solutions services and manages over $26 billion in consumer assets for loan originators and financial investors. Since 2013, Goal has been an active investor, deploying over $240 million of its own capital in over 50 transactions.

Since 2015, Ken has served as Co-founder and CEO of Ascent Funding, a student focused education finance company which seeks to revolutionize the way students plan, pay, and succeed in school.


University of Massachusetts, B.B.A |Columbia University, M.B.A