Steve Connolly

Steve joined the Ascent Team in February 2018 and currently leads Operations for GS2’s Ascent lending business, which includes underwriting-processing, customer service and school certification.   Steve has 25 years of leadership experience, 18 in financial services, leading teams in Marketing, Operations, Quality, Asset Management while also having had full P&L responsibility both domestically and globally.   Prior to Ascent, Steve held broad leadership roles at GE Capital culminating as President & CEO Capital Aviation Services-Asset Management business, he led the Outdoors business for The Active Network, and was the EVP of Operations for Corelogic’s […] Read more

Lisa Cohen

Vice President Trust Administration, Controller & Treasurer

Lisa brings over sixteen years of experience including fourteen years in the student loan industry. As Vice President, Trust Administration, Lisa is responsible for the management and oversight of $18 billion of student loan assets spread across over 75 trust structures. Management of the trusts includes producing monthly surveillance reports, issue orders and financial statements, maintaining the books and records, and managing the administration of the Trust Accounts in accordance with the terms of the trust related agreements. As Controller and Treasurer, Lisa directs financial aspects of the business to include the Company’s financial […] Read more

Michael Middleton

Vice President of Product Development

Michael is responsible for Product Development at GS2 which includes research and development of new products and services, as well as oversight of existing product and service line enhancements and improvements.  Michael has over 20 years of experience in consumer and commercial finance, with over 16 years in the student loan industry.  Before joining GS2, Michael built out the loan operations infrastructure that supported the first $3 billion in federal student loan originations for Goal Financial, and subsequently oversaw the successful launch of two credit based private student loan products as their Vice President of Product […] Read more

Peter Sadowski

Vice President of Capital Markets & Investments

Peter has over 15 years of consumer finance experience, with a focus on valuation, analytics, and structured finance initiatives. As head of the Investment Committee, Peter is responsible for managing the company’s investment platform, which has deployed $90 million in capital across 40 different investments. Peter has lead $2 billion in asset-backed debt transactions as Vice President of Capital Markets. Peter leads the valuation services group, which specializes in analyzing the performance of and valuing student loan related assets, including performing loans, NPLs, servicing and administration streams, and structured residual interests. Peter received a […] Read more