2020 Best Invention
Our Mission

Everyone Deserves Access to a Fresh Start

We're leading a movement to fight for a legal & financial system we can all access, combining direct services and advocacy. Using education, technology, and community, Upsolve empowers low-income and working-class families to access their legal rights and improve their financial situation. Partnering with our large base of Upsolve users, we also fight to fundamentally change a system stacked against us.

Your Upsolve Team

Besides being lawyers, engineers, academics, and judges we are most importantly people that believe nobody should be too broke to get back on their feet.

Ben Jackson

COO

Fernando Urbina

Chief of Staff

Jacqueline Sadlo

Paralegal, User Advocate

Jeff Zhou

Senior Software Engineer

Jonathan Petts

Co-CEO

Lavinia Teoderescu

Outreach Director

Mae Koppes

Content Manager

Mark Hansen

Co-CEO
Mark Hansen is the Chief Technology Officer at Upsolve. Before Upsolve, Mark co-founded government tech startup Hey Mayor and programmed for Y-Combinator backed startups. As a programmer, he worked with NYC community organizers to map discriminatory landlords and connect Bay Area service providers to unhoused residents. Prior to programming Mark consulted on special projects within AARP, CBS, Morocco’s OCP, KPMG, and Microsoft and mentored award winning Gaza start-ups as a 2D, 3D, and architectural designer. He graduated with an art degree from Rutgers University, and has since obtained a certificate of fundamentals from Harvard Business School and a certificate of competency concerning government technology procurement from New York University. Before all this, you could have found him with a blow torch and scrap metal making jewelry.

Natalia Flores

Paralegal, User Advocate

Tina Tran

Managing Attorney, Product Manager
Tina Tran is the managing bankruptcy attorney for Upsolve, the largest consumer bankruptcy non-profit in the United States. She received her Juris Doctorate degree and Certificate in Advocacy from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Before joining the leadership team at Upsolve, Tina ran her own consumer bankruptcy practice, which she started at the age of 28, defending debtors trying to get back on their feet against aggressive and predatorial lenders and debt collectors. She believes in keeping the law simple and making it accessible for everyday people facing creditor lawsuits, wage garnishments, bank account freezers, foreclosures, and repossessions.

Philanthropic & Inkind Supporters

We couldn't have made it this far without the great organizations below who believe in us. We're lucky to be supported by top firms, foundations, and institutions across the law, philanthropy, government, education, and technology.

Legal Services Corporation
Robinhood
Schmidt Futures
Black Rock
Susan Crown Exchange
Breyer Labs
Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois
Harvard Innovation Lab
Blue Ridge Labs
Fast Forward
Y-Combinator
Harvard University
Yale University
Princeton University
Graphic Advocacy Project
A2J Lab
NextChapter
Segment
Contentful
New Media Ventures
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Khosla Ventures

Proud to be represented pro bono by:

Weil
The Morrison Foerster Foundation

Advisory Board

Hon. Judith Fitzgerald

Bankruptcy Judge (1987-2013)

Professor Nick Sinai

U.S. Deputy CTO (2013-2014)

Professor Jim Greiner

Harvard Law School

Professor Dalie Jimenez

University of Connecticut Law School

Prof. Lois Lupica

University of Maine Law School

Warren Agin

Chapter 7 Trustee

Jan Baker

Retired Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

Bruce Weiner

Partner, Rosenberg, Musso & Weiner

Ron Peterson

President, National Association
of Bankruptcy Trustees

Edward J. Walters

CEO of Fastcase

Neil Devani

Early Stage Investor

Holly Allen

Senior Engineering Manager, Slack

Hon. Robert Gordon

Bankruptcy Judge (2006-2020)

Andrea Wimmer

Attorney, Former Upsolve Content Manager

Board of Directors

Mark Hansen

Cofounder & Co-CEO, Upsolve

Jonathan Petts

Cofounder & Co-CEO, Upsolve

Alisa Pratt

Bronx Community Leader

Scott Kelly

President, AfterPattern
Former ACLU Lawyer

Rohan Pavuluri

Board Chair

Milton Syed

Investor