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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 members:

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

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.

Development Analyst

Yigit Yoruk is a Freshman from Istanbul, Turkey. Mr. Yoruk has joined GWUCUI in 2020 as a development analyst. He is majoring in Systems Engineering.

Development Analyst

Jacob Honig is a freshman from Florida majoring in Finance and Economics. He joined GWUCUI in 2020 as a development analyst. He assists the development team with preparing models and official documents.

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.

Technology Analyst

Michael Nair is a Freshman from Massachusetts majoring in Economics and Statistics, and minoring in Computer Science. He assists the CTO with vendor management, team systems training, and other duties.

Operations Team

Chief Operating Officer

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 Chair

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.

Operations Analyst

Renan Dennig is a first-year student from Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is pursuing a major in economics with an interest in political economy. Renan plans to attend law school after graduation.

Operations Analyst

Paul Cornelius is a sophomore from New York. A German native, he is majoring in International Business and minoring in International Affairs. Paul joined GWUCUI in 2020 as an operations analyst.

Communications Team

Communications Chair

Kelton Estabrook is a freshman from New Jersey studying Political Science and Business Administration. He works on marketing on the Communications Team.

Communications Analyst

Nicholas Frayter is a freshman from Connecticut majoring in Finance and International Business, and minoring in German. He creates content for Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn to market the credit union.

Communications Analyst

Olivia Jiang is a sophomore student from California. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration with concentrations of Finance and Marketing, with a minor in Communication. She advertises events and business development progress.

Advisory Board

Advisory Board Chairman

Professor 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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