Meet the Team

edly has assembled a team with decades of experience in education finance, capital markets, and financial technology.

Christopher Ricciardi

CEO | Co-Founder

Head of Operations & Capital Markets at edly

•Partner at FlowPoint Education Management
•Treasurer & Director, American Fund for LSE (London School of Economics) 2010 to present
•Director, Robbins School of Business Advisory Board (University of Richmond) 2011 to 2013
•Partner at Mead Park Asset Management
•Former CEO of $40 billion asset manager, Cohen & Co.
•Former Head of Structured Credit, Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, Prudential
•Director, LocalLive Networks Inc. (provides video technology services to educational institutions) 2018 to present

Charles Trafton

President | Co-Founder

Head of Origination at edly

•Partner at FlowPoint Capital and FlowPoint Education Management
•Former Portfolio Manager at The Boston Company Asset Management
•Institutional Investor “All-America Research Analyst” at Cannaccord Genuity (formerly Adams, Harkness & Hill)
•Greenwich Associates “4-Star Analyst”
•Cowen & Co.
•Boston College

J. Christopher Roe


Head of Technology Development at edly

•Former CTO Credibly SMB lender
•Former CTO Guggenheim media PGM
•Former CTO Peterson Management Services
•University of Montana

Cecilia Pan

Managing Director

Head of Structuring at edly

•Managing Director at Castle Placement Investment Bank
•SPV, counterparty risk at Bank of America
•Structured Credit at Merrill Lynch
•Structured Credit at Credit Suisse
•Columbia Business School, University of California, Berkeley

Harry Birch

Vice President

Head of Product Development at edly

•Analyst at FlowPoint Education Management
•Head of Product at PLAAY Sports tech company
•Analyst at Mead Park Asset Management
•Advisory Board Member, EVAmore music platform
•Vanderbilt University