SAVVY founder Debbie Goldstein is a native of Los Angeles. With a degree in Economics from UCLA and eighteen years of experience in the financial industry, Debbie applies her financial expertise to finding and implementing cost-effective and creative solutions to ensure that students and their parents minimize their out of pocket costs to pay for college.
Debbie’s first eye-opening experience with the complex admissions and financial aid process began with her first daughter going off to college in 2008. After navigating the process as a parent, Debbie founded Savvy College Funding Solutions with the goal of applying her business savvy and passion for education to empower other families. Since then, Savvy has saved parents tens of thousands of dollars in college tuition.
Debbie holds a strong conviction in the power and importance of education for all students. In addition to her work at Savvy, Debbie volunteers her time and expertise to “Cash for College” through the LA Chamber of Commerce, where she helps low income students and their families with all financial aid documents. She also participates on the scholarship committee for the LA-based non-profit, The Fulfillment Fund, which empowers the most promising and underserved students in our community. Each year, Debbie volunteers her services to four exceptional students, many of whom have been accepted with full scholarships to universities including Duke, Vanderbilt, and USC.
Debbie is the proud mother of two successful young women, whom she raised as a single parent after the sudden death of her husband in 1993. Her oldest daughter is now a graduate student at Stanford, and her younger daughter graduated USC and now works for Google in San Francisco. Debbie’s passion for empowering tomorrow’s leaders and innovators forms the cornerstone of Savvy College Funding Solutions.