Learn about our initiative

Our mission here at the GWUCUI is to strengthen the GW community by helping students and alumni bank cheaply, build credit, better manage their finances and develop valuable skill sets that they can bring to their careers. We seek to accomplish this goal by chartering a student-run Credit Union. A credit union is essentially a not-for-profit bank. This allows us to not only provide small loans at a low rate, but also provide more interest on members' deposits! In addition to banking services, we will offer a unique credit building program that builds credit score and knowledge of finances. All these services aim to empower the GW community while also providing job experience for GW students interested in any field.


We will offer our customers:

Share Accounts

Textbook Loans

Student Org Micro-Loans

Credit Builder



We're developing a curriculum for students

We aim to solve a critical problem that our peers face: a lack of financial literacy education and training to manage their personal finances. Fellow GW undergraduate and graduate students have told us they feel underprepared for the transition to financial independence after graduation. A lack of financial literacy follows into adulthood, affecting the ability to plan and sustainably spend. We have already hosted events and are now working with partners on campus to develop a curriculum around financial literacy. These resources will help students understand their personal finances and utilize our products.


Join our initiative

Join our initiative to be one of the credit union's founding members. Being totally student-run is a core feature of our initiative and soon-to-be credit union. We have open positions in our development, technology, communications, and operations teams, within which a large array of skills are currently needed. You will gain hands-on experience working in a grassroots, entrepreneurial organization. We take pride in our initiative and would love to have you on the team.



Development Team

Chief Executive Officer

Sahil Pankhaniya is a junior from Florida majoring in finance and statistics who founded the initiative in 2017. He sets strategy, coordinates fundraising, and publicly represents the initiative. He also manages the development team which oversees the NCUA charter and financial planning process for the proposed federal credit union.

Development Chair

Colin Brodie is a junior studying finance and economics. He joined the initiative's development team in 2017 during his freshman year. Most of his experience has been in regulatory compliance.

Development Associate

Vincent Premysler is a sophomore from Washington, DC. A finance major, he works on detailed financial projections, while learning about the financial structures that make up a credit union.

Technology Team

Chief Technology Officer

Christian Trummer is a junior from Pennsylvania studying Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering. Christian works with software vendors and oversees website development and IT operations.

Technology Chair

Ander Tebbutt is a sophomore studying accounting and has been on the team for a little over a year. He helps with vendor management and assists the CTO in other duties.

Technology Analyst

Giana Fiore is a junior from Virginia studying Computer Science and Business Administration. Giana works on web development.

Operations Team

Operations Chair

Scott is a junior from Pennsylvania and founding member. He is an accounting major with experience in financial accounting and internal audit. He is involved in policy formulation, fundraising, and market research.

Operations Analyst

Kelly is a sophomore born in New York, raised in Fuzhou, China and Kentucky. She is double-majoring in International Affairs and Economics. Kelly manages internal operations as well as recruitment and outreach.

Advisory Board

Advisory Board Chairman

Mr. Lake is a Teaching Instructor of Finance, the Deputy Chair of the Department of Finance, the Director of the GW Investment Institute, and a GW Faculty Member in Residence at the George Washington University School of Business.



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