The Robert G. Hisaoka Speaker Series continues with the Founder & CEO of EVERFI, Tom Davidson, on Wednesday, April 10 from 5:00-6:00 p.m in 2204 Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center. In a conversation with Robert Hisaoka ’79, attendees will gain insights into the mind and career of Tom Davidson. Space is limited, so be sure to register now to attend.
Tom Davidson is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of EVERFI, Inc. based in Washington, D.C. Since starting the company in 2008, Tom has led EVERFI from a startup in a Georgetown apartment to an organization with over 4,300 corporate customers and financial institutions.
Looking back at the start of his career, while a senior at Bowdoin College, Tom ran for the Maine House of Representatives, and was elected in an upset and served three consecutive terms before deciding not to pursue reelection. He served as one of the youngest committee Chairs as Chairman of the Utilities and Energy Committee where he led efforts to expand the wiring of schools and libraries across the State. He introduced and passed major legislation on health policy, government ethics and economic development. He also served as a senior member of the Taxation Committee and the Banking Insurance and Business and Economic Development Committees.
Following 6 years of service in the Maine House of Representatives, Tom spent the next seven years working in venture capital, and in 2008 he founded EVERFI, Inc. with the initial hope of making financial literacy accessible to all. As EVERFI has grown, Tom has cemented himself as a leader in education technology issues for over 20 years, and has convened the world’s most prominent technology and financial services leaders to reimagine how financial institutions connect with their communities, regulators and other key constituencies.
As the CEO of EVERFI, he has raised over $250 million of venture capital from the world’s leading institutions and technology leaders including TPG, The Rise Fund, New Enterprise Associates, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Twitter Founder Evan Williams, Allen and Company and U2 lead singer Bono. EVERFI’s technology now powers major initiatives for customers like American Express, Bank of America, Bank of the West, BB&T, BBVA Compass, Boeing Employees Credit Union, California Credit Union League, Charles Schwab, Hancock Whitney Bank, John Hancock, MassMutual, Mastercard, Morgan Stanley, Navigant Credit Union, Regions Bank, and UBS.
Tom has been recognized as a Top 100 Entrepreneur Innovator and Builder by Goldman Sachs and was the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Greater Washington, D.C. Tom was also recognized by Glassdoor as the 4th highest nationally ranked CEO amongst SMB companies with a 99% employee approval rating, and he has been featured in numerous media outlets including Wall Street Journal, Fortune, TechCrunch, Washington Post, Bloomberg, CNN Money, Fox Business News, Yahoo Finance, and Fast Company.