Abigail Seldin

Higher Ed

  • Costs
  • Financial aid
  • Lenders
  • Value of college
  • Economy and college
  • Finance and funding

Abigail Seldin is the CEO of the Seldin/Haring-Smith Foundation, which she co-founded with her husband, Whitney Haring-Smith, in 2019. SHSF funds seed stage public interest projects and collaborates with leading technology companies to build self-sustaining tools for today’s students. In 2020, SHSF is launching SwiftStudent, a free digital tool that provides financial aid appeal guidance and letter templates for students, with a coalition of 17 leading higher education organizations. A Rhodes Scholar and Forbes “30 Under 30,” Seldin previously co-founded College Abacus, an edtech company known as the “ of college financial aid,” in 2012. Seldin served as the company’s CEO until she led the successful sale in 2014 to ECMC Group. She joined the acquirer as VP of Innovation & Product Development, where she started and led their DC-based innovation Lab, an 80% female technology and design center. Seldin now serves on the boards of Temple University’s Hope Center, Montgomery College Foundation, and the Association of American Rhodes Scholars.