Our Team 

The EFI team includes leaders with substantial working knowledge of the student lending marketplace; significant experience in financial services, from structuring to fundraising to marketing; a deep understanding of key higher education operational processes and a track record of effectively collaborating with stakeholders in government, education institutions, and advocacy organizations.

James "Jim" Runcie

Executive Director

Formerly Chief Operating Officer of Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education. Prior experience includes 20 years of transaction, operations and management experience with major domestic and international financial institutions.

William "Bill" Leith

Managing Director

Formerly Chief Business Operations Officer of Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education. Directly oversaw the student financial aid programs and management of the student loan portfolio. Prior to FSA, Bill worked for approximately 20 years in financial aid management at several universities.

Annie Reznik


Formerly inaugural Executive Director of the Coalition for College, a group of 150 colleges and universities committed to access, affordability and success. Advanced the Coalition from start-up to serving over 850,000 students. Prior to the Coalition, Annie worked on college admissions in high schools and at the University of Maryland.

Monica Ballinas

Program Associate

Recent graduate with Bachelor's in Actuarial Science and Master's in Statistics providing programmatic, analytical and administrative capacity.

New York:

601 Lexington Avenue Fl 17,

New York, NY 10022

District of Columbia:

1301  Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 520

Washington,  DC 20004

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