About Us

At Grow, we believe that money should be a source of empowerment, not stress. That having more money isn’t about having more stuff—it’s about having more choices and making fewer compromises.

We believe that building wealth builds confidence and that even incremental improvements in your finances can vastly improve your quality of life. Small changes can make a big difference and simple habits can be more effective than complicated strategies.

We believe that wealth is less about how much you make than what you make of the money you have. Take care of your money, and it will take care of you.

We believe that financial success shouldn’t hinge on fate, fortune, or the family you were born into: Everyone has the ability to achieve their financial goals with the right tools and support.

So we won’t give you aspirational advice that doesn’t feel relevant or realistic. We’ll give you advice you can apply right now—and for the rest of your life. We’ll show you how other readers have transformed their finances and their lives. And we’ll give you money news you can actually use, broken down the way we’d want someone to break it down for us.

At Grow, we have one goal: to help you reach yours.

That’s why we’ve partnered with CNBC, the most trusted brand in business news, to deliver original educational features that will inspire you to create successful money habits and secure your best financial future.

Meet the Team

Mariam Abdallah

Production Assistant

Previously, Mariam interned and worked at WABC-TV Eyewitness News, WNET, and CNN. She received her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, where she spent her time as a reporter and producer for the student-run television station. Mariam also worked to host and produce digital news content as the president of the Plattsburgh Association of Black Journalists.

Jason Armesto

Video Producer

Previously, Jason was a video producer at USA TODAY where he predominantly covered sports while also working on various projects for money, tech, and politics. After graduating college he spent some time working as a freelance writer. He received his bachelor’s degree in television/radio/film from Syracuse University.

Sam Becker

Senior Writer

Previously, Sam was a financial writer for Stash Invest, a digital-first financial services company. Before that, Sam was a senior writer for The Cheat Sheet where he covered money, personal finance, and career strategy. He began his journalism career as an editorial assistant at Seattle Business Magazine. He received his bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Washington State University.

Ester Bloom

Deputy Managing Editor

Previously, Ester was a senior editor at CNBC Make It, focused on the vertical’s Money content. Before joining CNBC in 2016, Ester served as a contributing editor at The Billfold and a contributing writer for The Atlantic. Her work has also appeared in Slate, Salon, and Quartz. Ester has won the Lois Morrell Poetry Prize and the Dogwood Literary Creative Non-Fiction Prize, and was recognized in the "Notable" section of The Best American Essays 2015. She received her bachelor’s degree in American history and film from Swarthmore College.

Neha Dharkar

Associate Producer, Animation

Neha has spent the majority of her career as a freelance animator and illustrator. She has completed a variety of internships for outlets including National Public Radio (NPR), Noise Pop and Reveal News. She received her bachelor¹s degree in Animation and Illustration from the California College of the Arts.

David Fang

Video Producer

Previously, David was a video producer for Hearst Digital Media. He began his career as a video intern at Business Insider before moving on to an associate producer role. He received his bachelor’s degree from University of Roehampton in London and holds a master’s degree in film from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Lisa Ferber

Copy Editor

Lisa also writes and edits for the site. Previously, she served as a freelance copy editor for CNBC’s business news team, The New York Times/T magazine, The Week, and Crain’s New York Business. Her writing has appeared in Crain’s New York Business, Barron’s Penta, and Dow Jones Mansion Global. She received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Hunter College.

Jenna Goudreau

Managing Editor

Jenna Goudreau is the managing editor. She also serves as a vice president and managing editor of CNBC Digital, where she oversees the website CNBC Make It. Prior to joining CNBC in May 2016, she was the deputy editor of Business Insider, where she managed the Strategy, Careers, and Your Money sections, as well as the lists and syndication teams. Previously, Jenna was an associate editor at Entrepreneur.com and a staff leadership reporter at Forbes, where she assistant edited the annual list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women and helped launch and grow ForbesWoman.com, an online channel for professional women. Jenna coauthored the book “Find and Keep Your Dream Job” and was honored with a Best in Business award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) in 2012. She received her bachelor's degree in journalism and sociology from New York University.

Kelli Grant

Senior Editor

Kelli has been writing about personal finance for her entire career. She is one of only a handful of working journalists to have earned the Certified Financial Planner™ designation, which recognizes financial advisors who have met education, experience, and ethics requirements, and passed a tough industry exam. Previously, Kelli was a personal finance reporter for CNBC.com for five years. Before she arrived at CNBC in 2013, Kelli spent almost a decade covering personal finance at MarketWatch and SmartMoney. Kelli's work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Good Housekeeping, Real Simple, and Family Circle, among other publications. She lives in Fort Lee, N.J., with her husband and their two young children.

Lauren Hans

Social Media Editor

Most recently, Lauren was a social media producer for Fox Business Network. Lauren began her career as a production assistant for Fox News Channel. She later became a booker for the network before moving onto an associate producer role where she wrote and produced news packages. She earned her bachelor¹s degree in Communications from Seton Hall University.

Anna-Louise Jackson

Senior Writer

Most recently, Anna-Louise was a lead writer for NerdWallet, focused on the site’s investing content. Before that, Anna-Louise worked at Bloomberg for more than six years as a U.S. stocks reporter, economics reporter, and ranking analyst. She began her journalism career as a project manager for Crain’s Chicago Business where she was responsible for managing the publication’s annual study of the 50 fastest growing public and private companies in the Chicago area. She received her bachelor’s degree in economics and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

Lance Lambert

Data Journalist

Most recently, Lance was a data journalist for Realtor.com where he analyzed millions of housing records and used statistical analysis to derive insights into the real estate market. Before that, Lance was a data journalist for Bloomberg. He began his journalism career at The Cincinnati Enquirer as a business and data news aide and later held positions at The Chronicle of Higher Education and Cox Media Group. Lance received his bachelor¹s degree in Economics and Journalism from the University of Cincinnati and has been pursuing a graduate certificate in Data Science from Duke University.

Myelle Lansat


Previously, Myelle was a Your Money intern for Business Insider and freelance reporter for Bankrate.com. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University where she was an editor, reporter, and social media director for the student-run paper, The Daily Orange.

Stephen Parkhurst

Senior Video Producer

Most recently, Stephen was a supervising series producer for Insider Inc., responsible for overseeing production on series and long-form video content for Insider and Business Insider. Previously, Stephen was a freelance video producer, director and editor with his work featured in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Mashable, and New York Daily News, among others. Stephen received his bachelor’s degree in film production from Keene State College.

Ivana Pino


Previously, Ivana interned at NBCUniversal’s in-house advertising agency as a bilingual writer. She received her dual bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University in newspaper and online journalism, and political science. At Syracuse, she was a columnist and assistant digital news editor at The Daily Orange and a lead news producer at The NewsHouse.

Sofia Pitt


Sofia comes to Grow by way of the CNBC Job Exchange program, a new initiative that offers employees the opportunity to step into a new role at CNBC for three months to learn about different areas of the organization. Most recently, Sofia was a line producer for "Squawk on the Street." She joined the network as a Page for "Fast Money Halftime Report" before moving on to a News Associate role on "Nightly Business Report." She received her bachelor's degree in Journalism and Media Studies from Rutgers University.

Alizah Salario


Prior to joining, Alizah served as the Arts and Culture editor at the West Side Spirit and Our Town, community newspapers covering Manhattan. She has worked as an editor at Metro US, and a fact-checker and reporter at Money, where she covered personal finance. Her essays and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Narratively, New York magazine's Vulture blog, The Billfold, and elsewhere. She is a graduate of Pitzer College and the Columbia School of Journalism. In 2011, she received the Poetry Foundation's journalism fellowship. Alizah lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Kiersten Schmidt

Graphics Editor

Prior to Grow, Kiersten was a graphics editor for The Wall Street Journal, responsible for the money and investing section. Kiersten has worked as a designer for a variety of publications including The Star-Ledger, The Asbury Park Press, the Northwest Florida Daily News, and The Panama City News Herald. She also completed graphics internships at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The New York Times while attending graduate school. Kiersten received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Aditi Shrikant


Most recently, Aditi was a reporter at The Goods by Vox.com where she covered consumer culture in the travel and transportation space. She has also been published in the New York Daily News, The Boston Globe, and The Outline.

Courtney Stith

Associate Producer

Most recently, Courtney worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where she supported the video production team in the creation of content for the Met’s website and social media pages. Courtney received her bachelor’s degree in media studies from the University of Virginia. While there, she founded the university’s chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists, and was a staff writer and video editor for the student-run newspaper, The Cavalier Daily.

Euralis Weekes


With more than 20 years of experience as an animator, illustrator, and director, Euralis has worked on a variety of projects for brands such as Nickelodeon, Spike TV, CNN, HBO, and AMC, winning a handful of Promax and Telly awards along the way. Euralis received her bachelor’s degree in animation and film from the School of Visual Arts.

Ian Wolsten

Associate Producer

Ian has spent the majority of his career as a freelance associate producer, with his work being featured on Insider Inc., Comedy Central, TruTV, and Complex Networks. He also worked on several Funny or Die productions. Ian earned his bachelor’s degree in media production from William Paterson University.

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