Abigail Seldin

Founder of College Abacus, Vice President of Innovation & Product Management at ECMC

Abigail Seldin is Vice President of Innovation & Product Management at ECMC, where she leads the Washington, DC-based ECMC Innovation Lab. Seldin co-founded College Abacus in 2012 and served as its CEO until the company was acquired by ECMC in 2014. Hailed as one of CNNMoney’s “Best New Money Ideas” of 2014, College Abacus allows students and families to comparison shop for affordable college options by generating personalized financial aid estimates.

Recently heralded as one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 for Education, Seldin has been profiled in national media outlets including The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, About.Com and Yahoo! Finance. Seldin was invited to present College Abacus at the White House Education Datapalooza in 2014 and led the company’s successful bid to win two Gates Foundation-funded grants through the “College Knowledge Challenge.”

A Rhodes Scholar, Seldin pursued doctoral research in social anthropology at Oxford, focusing on community formation in the United States. Prior to Oxford, Seldin graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania with both her MS and BA in Anthropology (simultaneous award) in May 2009. Seldin’s background includes consulting for a Y-Combinator start-up, a year working in Hong Kong as a Henry Luce Scholar, and co-curating an internationally recognized exhibition with the chief of an unrecognized Native American tribe.