The YNAB Team hails from Australia to Austin, Texas — from Massachusetts to Maine — and a tiny hop from Arizona to Utah. Did we mention Switzerland?
Jesse is the founder of YouNeedABudget.com. When he’s not speaking on, writing about, fine-tuning software for, or doing his own budgeting, he enjoys playing the piano, working in the garden, CrossFit, marksmanship, and honing his golf swing. Jesse graduated from Brigham Young University with a Masters of Accountancy degree. Immediately after he obtained his CPA license, he let it lapse so he could work on "You Need A Budget" full-time. Jesse lives in Utah, is married to Julie, and has five children.
Taylor joined the You Need a Budget team back when it was “just” an amazing spreadsheet. Shortly after collaborating with Jesse to launch YNAB Pro, Taylor left his dream job of programming video games to pursue a bigger dream of working on YNAB. Since then, Taylor has been searching for a job title that accurately describes doing “everything remotely technical and fun related to software and business, including programming, process automation, quality assurance, web development, user experience, and graphic design.” Although he proudly calls Austin, Texas home, Taylor loves to travel, and makes a point to live in the same city as his beautiful girlfriend—Turin, Italy—for a good part of each year. When he’s not writing code, he is learning how to spike a volleyball, playing board games, geocaching, hosting Couchsurfers, and playing video games. He also wants to say “he is an avid snowboarder,” because it sounds so cool, but is pretty sure going once doesn’t count. Taylor is an aspiring snowboarder.
Chance is YNAB's Chief Operating Officer. His previous work runs the gamut from business consultant to business development and from sole entreprenuer to team manager. He graduated with his Business Management degree from Brigham Young University with an emphasis in Business Strategy. Chance has been a long time user of YNAB (since the early Pro days!) and thanks his lucky stars for YNAB everyday. When he's not busy working on YNAB, you'll find him on the tennis court, golf course, in a gym, on a snow board, or out hiking and camping. Chance and his wife, Kimi, have two children and live in Utah.
An enigma from the antipodes, Ian works while others sleep. Committing code from the ether and returning to it in silence, Ian has never been seen by another, living You Need a Budget team member. His YNAB forum moniker, “rodeoclown,” provides yet another puzzle. Does he ride bulls, wild stallions, or another bucking beast? Is he, in fact, a clown? Is he even human—or something else entirely? Can he come up with another question before this spiel ends? No. He is indeed a man of mystery. In real life, Ian has one wife (she’s cute), one dog (also cute), one fish (quiet), three kids (cute, but not quiet) and three chickens (neither cute, nor quiet). He lives in the picturesque Blue Mountains outside of Sydney Australia, and scored his dream job in November 2010 working for YNAB. When not writing ridiculous third-person biographies, Ian works with Taylor to build the software that drives the YNAB method. It's also been said that "He's so nice that I'm going to vomit", which was the best thing anyone has ever said about him.
Sebastian lives in Switzerland and enjoys developing YNAB’s iOS apps. After playing with robots professionally for a few years (lots of fun), and doing consultant work for B2B enterprise stuff (not so much fun), he's now back to having lots of fun with YNAB's mobile projects. When he’s not working, he spends his time dreaming of an old Porsche project car, admiring wrist watches, eating chocolate, skiing, and riding his bikes (either motor bike or racing bike). Besides the stereotypical Swiss pastimes, Sebastian also enjoys PC gaming and family togetherness.
Since first discovering YNAB back when it was a spreadsheet in June 2006 and getting hooked on the concept of Rule 4, Steve dove in as one of the first members of the YNAB forums later that year and quickly found he had a passion for helping others understand YNAB and budgeting. Two years (and couple of thousand posts later) he started working as YNAB's first customer service rep. (taking the job away from Jesse) and now, after more than 23 years working a blue collar paper mill job, Steve gave up his 18 mile (each way) commute in 2011 to work full time helping people with all things YNAB. As such he's taken on new responsibilities including affiliates and shipping as well as working with advisors, churches and organizations that want to share YNAB with the people they work with. Aside from work, Steve enjoys his large family (4 kids and 1.2 grandkids), Music, Scouts, Star Trek and Movies. He lives in western Maine but ponders moving now that he's not chained to the paper mill.
At You Need a Budget, Erin enjoys working on “anything and everything” that helps people learn about budgeting. Credit card debt brought her to YNAB in 2006. Four years later and thanks to YNAB, the debt is gone! She loves helping other people work toward eliminating the credit card beast! Erin has many responsibilities regarding education at YNAB including the monthly newsletter, maintaining the inline help, video tutorials, coaching, and teaching the free online classes. In her spare time, Erin enjoys vegetable gardening, hiking, music, and spending time with family and friends. She lives in southern Maine in a 200-year-old farmhouse that she has been renovating since the dawn of time.
Todd enjoys organizing things, but didn’t know he loved budgeting until he found You Need a Budget. Once he did, he stopped spending more than he was taking in (and liked it so much, he spent hours in front of his computer just staring into the beautiful budget screen just waiting for something to enter). A formal educator by day, Todd enjoys coaching, collaborating, and helping others meet their goals. Combining all these passions as it does, his position as a YNAB Coach is a dream come true. Todd provides coaching, teaches online classes, and pitches in wherever else he’s needed! When he’s not teaching, learning, or budgeting, Todd loves woodworking, gardening, running (or, more correctly, fighting off injuries from and going to physical therapy related to running), and sometimes just sitting. Most of all he loves spending time with his wife and three kids in Massachusetts.
Dubbed the “YNAB QA MD,” Andrea trades her stethoscope in after hours in order to work on You Need a Budget—making her best diagnosis on the bug reports submitted by users. In her Quality Assurance role, she assists in testing potential new fixes to be sure they are ready when released. She delights in greeting each customer and attending to their questions when they write in, fostering the feeling that YNAB is responsive to users and cares about their ultimate financial health. When she’s not at the bedside of her patients and takes time to look up from her laptop, Andrea dotes on sushi and guacamole (lucky for her she lives in the Desert Southwest!) and has tremendously enjoyed world travel. She is passionate about modern Celtic music and the architecture and interior design of the high-end 1950s. Most of all, what makes her day is making yours better by keeping YNAB healthy for you!
As YNAB’s Executive Assistant, Michelle does a bit of everything. She loves that every day brings something different. Whether she’s running errands, researching, booking travel reservations, or replying to emails, she is always doing something new. After living up and down the East Coast, California, and The Netherlands, Michelle has gone back to her roots, settling down in Utah. She lives there with her handsome husband Ryan, and her two young kiddos. When Michelle is not working, or wrangling her kids, she’s addicted to traveling, reading, being crafty, listening to great music, or heading to the cinema.
Every time she turns around, Malisa ends up teaching something. Hailing from Southern California, she teaches high school by day, and YNAB webinars by night. Malisa has also worked in offices, restaurants and retail--experiences she feels give her greater perspective while instructing others on how to use YNAB. Malisa has no kids (only 160 a day that aren’t hers), five pets, and a fluctuating love for gardening (she gets discouraged by ground squirrels, rabbits, and birds). She enjoys hiking, photography, and tennis. She also loves cooking. She and her husband enjoy taking road trips--generally centered around food.
Angela is a faithful YNABer who first discovered the program a year and a half ago. She knew it was special when she and her husband stuck to the budget for the first time in their nine years of marriage. Now a member of the YNAB team, Angela loves answering customers’ emails, their queries on the forum, and helping them reach their financial goals. Her background is in Electrical Engineering, Software Development, and has her Degree in Teaching. When Angela isn’t working, she’s still working. Three kids under the age of seven keep her busy! Cooking, doing home renovation projects, and “organizing” help her stay sane and happy.
Graham is YNAB's Android developer. He discovered YNAB after trying every other personal finance package out there and realised none of them made sense. He discovered Android after trying every other mobile phone platform out there and realised none of them made sense, either. Based in the beautiful west of Scotland, Graham has a wife, a young daughter, and another baby on the way. His favourite hobby is learning to fly small planes around the countryside--an activity which never would have been possible without YNAB. He is a passionate fan of anything related to aviation, Formula 1 motor racing, and listening to ridiculously complicated progressive rock music where one song can sometimes last over an hour (great value for money).
Adam is responsible for designing all things YNAB. With over a decade of experience in multi-disciplinary design, he currently focuses more on branding and interactive work (websites, apps, games). He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Jenn, and their greyhound named Cleo. Adam enjoys riding bikes, photography, exploring the LA food scene, video games (playing and making) and mid-century modern architecture.
Lee enjoys teaching the online webinars at YNAB. He sometimes moonlights as a project manager at a nuclear power plant in Minnesota...(ok, that’s actually his full-time job). Lee is an avid golfer and his YNAB forum handle, Turf_Hacker, tells you everything you need to know about his golfing skills. He’s been married to a wonderful woman for 28 years and has three kids. When not managing projects, teaching online YNAB classes, or golfing, Lee does some side work as a sound technician (runs the mixer board) and occasionally plays drums in a charity band with his co-workers.
After over two decades of testing for startupsand small businesses, Vesna was introduced to an opportunity at YNAB. Not only was it the best written QA/Test posting she'd read (true story!), but the people, methodologies, and enthusiasm were right up her alley. Meaningful software that really makes a difference in peoples lives? Sign her up! Now she spends her time admiring code written by various YNAB developers, and helping make sure it's running smoothly. Over the years, Vesna and her husband, Mike, collected a mortgage, some loans, and three boys. After a purge, and selling everything they owned--house included--they started traveling globally in January 2011. They've managed to get rid of the mortgage, and nearly all the debt. The kids seem to be hanging around....but they are value added, so it's all good. Vesna and her family have no fixed address. Instead, they perpetually travel around the world whilst working in their passions, and world-schooling.
Jeff is a recovering classic rock musician, tennis enthusiast, and career software mechanician. He has twenty-plus years of experience with the likes of Apple, EMC and Amazon and a particular passion for mobile development. He and his wife, Lisa, have four children and split their time between San Francisco and Las Vegas. Jeff came to You Need a Budget because: “Having really struggled to get a handle on my own finances, I realized just how much the YNAB method and software genuinely help people, and I knew it would be wonderful to contribute to something so positive."
George has never been one to follow the beaten path. He worked as a skydiving instructor with over 3,500 skydives and 45 cumulative hours of free fall time. He earned a Masters degree in Physical Therapy, then shelved his degree to begin his career as a software developer. Later, he signed on as the first employee in a successful startup, and after a five-year run, decided to strike out on his own as an independent developer. Seven years later a friend told him about a job opportunity at YNAB, and immediately he was attracted by their refreshingly unconventional approach to budgeting and running a company. George is responsible for building the back end that will power the next generation of YNAB software. He lives outside of Baltimore, Maryland, with his wonderful wife, Kim, two children, and spirited dog, Tucker. When he's not sitting in front of a keyboard, he enjoys riding his bikes on the road and trails.
After moving from Wisconsin to New York City for grad school, Ronna quickly realized the envelope method of budgeting she'd been using--with actual pouches, cash, and paper charts--wasn't working with her new on-the-go, urban lifestyle. She searched for a way to upgrade her budgeting system to the 21st century, discovered YNAB, and became an instant devotee! YNAB has made it possible for Ronna and her husband--who's also a graduate student--to live comfortably in the big, bad, expensive city on very limited income while still building savings (with a purpose, of course). She especially loves YNAB's flexibility. Even after years of being a budgeter, she always felt "bad" at it, until Rule #3 taught her that adapting her budget to her ever-changing priorities was the right way to do things! When she's not raving about YNAB, Ronna spends her time reading, researching, writing, and teaching about women's health so she can earn her PhD and become a college professor. She also really loves doing yoga, beadwork, cooking, and spending time with her husband, friends, and family.
Mark has been working online full-time since 2008, owning an educational website and two small software businesses. He joined YNAB (as Blogger/Staff Writer) after selling his businesses in late 2012.
In addition to his new-found love for budgeting and personal finance, Mark enjoys hanging out with his wife and two kids, snowboarding, CrossFit, bike commuting, and tinkering with side businesses.
Leah became one of YNAB’s biggest fans when Rule 1 really clicked, and she was finally able to kick the anxiety-producing habit of binge-spending on payday. Leah is now thrilled to be able to help fellow budgeters find success with YNAB as part of the customer service team. When she’s not problem solving for fellow YNABers, chances are she’s either digging a new landscape bed, visiting with her favorite vendors at the farmer’s market, blogging about clean water, or spending time in the kitchen with her family cooking a slow food meal.
Tim started using YNAB in 2010 after realizing that (after a few years of marriage), holding a rough plan in his head wasn't the easiest way to manage two people earning and spending money. Following almost five years as a moonlighting retail associate in a kitchen store, he grabbed a chance to turn the problem solving up to 11 and joined the YNAB CS team in 2013. After grad school in New England, he was happy to return to the West Coast and settle on the central California coast with his wife for his day job as a research meteorologist where he enjoys music, building things, cooking, organizing, reading and messing with numbers.
After 12 years as a Project Manager implementing MRP and ERP control systems, Dave left his English homeland at 40 years old and came to Canada to be with the woman who is now his wife. When he isn't assisting the Teaching team during webinars, you'll more than likely find him wandering around talking to the various free-range hens and turkeys he keeps on his 100 acre family homestead. Dave has also been known to talk to (and shout at) under-performing heirloom vegetables. When they aren't frozen over, he enjoys sailing on The Great Lakes, riding his unreliable motorbike - and helping out in the kitchen at his local Royal Canadian Legion. His goal is to gain self-sufficiency in food and energy through the process of barter - and make as many friends as possible along the way.
Sherri's YNAB forum handle - “nhtechmom” - pretty much says it all. She and her husband feed their need for the outdoors by living in northern New Hampshire, amid the hiking trails, rocky rivers and ski slopes of the White Mountain National Forest. She was a history major who taught herself computers and ended up as a Technology Integration Specialist, teaching students of all ages and helping their teachers to integrate technology into the curriculum. She was an at-home mother of 3 (now all in their 20's) and still turns around in the grocery store if someone says "Mom". But she was never able to get the hang of managing the family money until she found YNAB. Now she feels competent and in control of her finances. And because she is a teacher and a mom, she loves to share YNAB, in hopes that it might give others a road map for tough times and a recipe for financial peace of mind in the long run.
Kyle is an ardent web developer, and open source enthusiast. He lives in Napa, California with his wonderful wife and two sons. When not crafting code for YNAB, Kyle enjoys a long list of odd hobbies including: programming flying robots, competitive apple juggling, constructing voxel worlds, flatland BMX, and composing oddly timed music with his cello, guitar and drums. Kyle joined the YNAB team after learning the code they write and methods they teach have such a positive impact on so many people.