About Us

Our Mission

When GOBankingRates launched in 2004, our goal was to make finding competitive interest rates easier for the average consumer. While we still help our readers find the best financial products nationwide, we have evolved into a publication for all things personal finance, inspiring and empowering our audience to live richer: richer in your bank account, richer in your personal goal fulfillment, richer in how you explore the world and richer in your career.

What You’ll Find on Our Site

All of our articles and videos are designed to make learning about money and managing your finances more enjoyable and easier to understand. Whether you want to know which bank has the best CD rates, where you can retire on a budget or which tech stock to invest in, you’ll find the answers on GOBankingRates.

Where You’ll Find Our Work

Our content reaches an audience of about 1 billion readers across GOBankingRates and through our partnerships with amazing brands like MSN Money, Yahoo Finance, Time Money, AOL, Forbes, The Street, CBS News, Motley Fool, CNBC and other national publications that trust us to deliver approachable financial content.

Why You Should Trust Us

Our in-house research team and on-site financial experts work together to create content that’s accurate, impartial and up to date. We fact-check every single statistic, quote and fact using trusted primary sources to make sure the information we provide is correct. Any recommendations on the site are editorial — if any content is sponsored by a client, it’s clearly marked as such. We’re fully dedicated to helping our readers live their richest lives possible.

Our Team

We’re a team of financial experts, writers, editors, researchers and video producers who create content to help you manage your money better, find more ways to save and make money, and understand changes in the world that can directly affect your wallet — all in a way that’s easy to understand and informative. Our team comes from companies across the worlds of journalism, finance and tech, and we’re passionate about using our expertise to help our readers live richer.

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Don Sena, Vice President of Content & Partnerships

Don Sena is the Vice President of Content & Partnerships for ConsumerTrack, leading CTI’s flagship personal finance and money news digital publication, GOBankingRates.com. Before coming to ConsumerTrack, Sena was the editor-in-chief and senior director for Microsoft News and MSN.com, where he managed content and product innovation for the United States market. Before Microsoft, Sena spent ten years as a newspaper journalist. Specifically, Sena was a reporter and editor at the Chicago Tribune and then later at The Washington Post. Sena has won numerous editing and journalism awards during his career; he has also guest lectured on journalism and digital content at several colleges.

Katie Wudel, Director of Content

Katie has been leading digital strategy for top-tier publications and brands for over a decade, earning a National Magazine Award and a Cannes Lion along the way. She has spoken about journalism and digital communications at SXSW Eco, the Southern California Science Writing Symposium, and the Agents of Change Summit, and has consulted with or created content for Red Bull, Ford, Google, The Gap, TOMS Shoes, Cartier, the United Nations, Carnegie Hall, and many more organizations. Katie’s work has driven millions in revenue and billions of impressions at MSN, Yahoo! Finance, AOL, USA Today, Upworthy, Men’s Health, GOOD, and beyond. Read more.

Luke Lee, Director of SEO

Director of SEO: Luke joined GOBankingRates in 2017 and brings over 10 years of SEO and digital marketing experience. Prior to joining GOBankingRates, he led the SEO programs at Newegg, Beachbody, and Weedmaps. He graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.

Carly Brashears, Lead Editor

Carly Brashears joined GOBankingRates in 2020 after more than a decade as a senior-level editor and content manager at MSN.com. Prior to working in the online content space, she worked in the newspaper business, focused primarily on sports writing and editing.

Molly Sullivan, Senior Editor

Molly joined the content team at GOBankingRates in January 2018 and has worked in the digital publishing industry for over 10 years. She previously worked as an editorial manager at Perez Hilton, and before that she worked at various entertainment and lifestyle websites like HollywoodNews.com and InStyle.com. Read more.

Angela Corry, News Editor

Angela Corry joined GOBankingRates as News Editor after 10 years in entertainment news. She previously served as Editor in Chief of TheCelebrityCafe.com and Managing Editor of The Inquisitr. She has also been a guest speaker at local universities on best practices of online reporting and communication. Read more.

Gabrielle Olya, Lead Writer and Editor

Gabrielle joined GOBankingRates in 2017 and brings with her a decade of journalism experience. Before joining the team, she was a staff writer and reporter for People Magazine and People.com. Her work has appeared on MSN, Yahoo Finance, Fortune, Forbes, CBS and U.S. News. Read more.

Mark Shrayber, Senior Editor

Mark has been writing and editing at GBR since 2020. His previous work has appeared in publications including Jezebel, Cosmopolitan, Vice, Upworthy, Men’s Health, SF Weekly and The Awl.

Gary Dudak, Senior Editor

Gary is a veteran in the digital content space, working as a writer and editor for more than a decade before joining GOBankingRates at the beginning of 2022. He previously worked as a staff writer at TMZ for five years, and helped launch the men’s lifestyle site Mandatory, where he served as a senior editor from 2013 to 2016. Gary is a graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.

Susan Kim, Editor

Susan joined the editorial team at GOBankingRates in 2018. She previously wrote and edited content focused on women’s fashion, beauty and home decor. Read More.

Amber Barkley, Junior SEO Editor

Amber joined the GOBankingRates team in April 2022. Prior to starting with GBR, she worked in coffee, fiction and marketing analytics. Amber has a BFA in Creative Writing from Pratt Institute. Her fiction has appeared in the EXTREME Anthology from Anec. Independent, and she has written blogs and interviews for Allegro Coffee Company and Lightspeed Magazine.

Levi Leidy, Editor and Writer

Levi joined GOBankingRates in 2019. He’s found success in financial, political and military lifestyle writing, with work appearing on MSN, Yahoo Finance, OurMilitary.com and more. With a background in narrative writing, he enjoys turning interesting conversations into impactful content. Read more.

Amen Oyiboke, Junior Editor/Writer, Executive Producer-Podcast

Amen joined the content team in January 2019 and brings a diverse background of digital, broadcast and print journalism to the team. Before she joined the GBR family, Amen was a film writer at Bustle.com, where she explored the cinematic portrayals about people of color. She formerly was a host on Dr. J The Counselor Show on LA’s 102.3 KJLH. Her work has appeared on NPR’s/KCRW, Fox Entertainment News, Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper, Blavity Read more.

Cory Dudak, Editor

Cory became an editor for GOBankingRates in May 2021 after serving as the site’s newsletter and social media editor in years past. Prior to this, he worked as a senior editor for the men’s humor and entertainment website Mandatory.com for three years. Read More.

Melanie Grafil, Senior SEO Editor

Melanie joined GOBankingRates in the summer of 2020, at the height of the global pandemic. Her career has focused on SEO content and marketing. Prior to GOBankingRates, she worked at a marketing agency, writing website content and performing SEO work for clients in industries such as legal, medical, home services and more. Outside of this, her fiction work has also appeared in local literary journals. She holds a BA and MA, both in English and Creative Writing, from California State University, Northridge.

Heather Taylor, Senior Writer

Heather joined GOBankingRates in 2022 and enjoys writing across a wide range of verticals including advertising, finance, lifestyle, and pop culture. She writes a column about brand mascots for Advertising Week, has been interviewed about her enthusiasm for characters with Morning Brew and AdWeek, and has appeared on CNBC’s Closing Bell twice alongside iconic brand mascots. Her bylines include Business Insider, MSN, Yahoo, HelloGiggles, Brit + Co, and more. Read more.

Ashleigh Ray, Junior Repubs Editor

Ashleigh Ray, 25, is an avid writer and cat-lover from Tampa, FL. She received her MFA in Fiction from the University of South Florida in 2020 after completing her BA in Creative Writing from Eckerd College in 2016. She has two lovely pets — a cat named Luna and a dog named Chloe. Her world revolves around them, her work, and finally getting around to writing that novel she’s always talked about. Read more.

Kimberly Warner-Cohen, Associate Researcher

Kimberly joined GOBankingRates in 2021. She previously wrote and edited for business publications, including The Economist Group, and covered a beat in NYC focused on offshore tech. Her first novel was nominated for Nerve.com’s Henry Miller Prize and had a short story included in Akashic Press’ award-winning Noir series. Read more. 

Elizabeth Constantineau, Junior SEO Editor

Elizabeth joined GoBankingRates in 2022. She previously interned at Penn State University Press while attending university for her B.A. in English, where she worked on non-fiction documents. She also has worked at a publishing house editing fiction manuscripts. Read more.

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