About Us

Our Mission: We use data to empower people to make better decisions about careers and education.

Our Product: GradReports is a product of Optimal, formerly known as SR Education Group until January 2020, when we rebranded.

We created GradReports as a tool to help students choose a college or graduate program that meets their needs. We do this by providing over 30,000 in-depth student reviews as well as college rankings for popular majors based on the salaries of alumni with those specific degrees. These are the first college rankings to use by-major student earnings data available for the first time from the US Department of Education.

We believe that making college outcomes-based data more accessible, transparent, and easily comparable will allow more people to choose educational paths that lead them to success and don't burden them with insurmountable debt.

Sung Rhee

Understanding the difficulties of obtaining a quality, affordable education is what inspired founder and CEO Sung Rhee to found Optimal in 2004. He saw a need to create sites dedicated to providing transparent, data-driven information to empower people to make better decisions for their education and careers. He knows prestige doesn't always translate to quality, and Sung doesn't want to see students get a raw deal.

Outside of work, Sung enjoys playing basketball and adding to his collection of Gundam figurines. Some of his favorite college memories include his time as a cartoonist for The Harvard Crimson!

Our Team

Brittany McCullough
Director of Operations
Gustav Gennrich
Lead Software Engineer
Heidi Alexander
Office Administrator
Samuel Arnett
Software Engineer
Mariya Bashkatova
Product Manager
Rita Bellito
Account Specialist
Emile Blouin
Software Engineer
Tyler Crocker
Senior Software Engineer
Victoria Duan
Product Manager
Sarah Fernquest
UX Designer
Emily Ferrier
Senior Product Manager
Sarah Glass
Marketing Specialist
Rachel Hansen
Senior Product Manager
Susan Heinrich
Account Manager
Brian Hepp
Outreach Manager
Nicole Hopler
Marketing Manager
Renae Howard
HR Manager
Oliver Li
Marketing Manager
Paige Longdon
Content Manager
Mylinh Pham
Product Manager
Taitum Ridgway
Senior Product Manager
Maggie Roe
Content Manager
Aviva Schmitz
Product Manager
Eliana Schwartz
Senior Product Manager
Kellen Schwartz
Marketing Manager
Stuti Sulgaonkar
Software Engineer
Ryan Tam
Data Manager
Lauren Valentine
Lead Account Manager
Adria Vaughan
Marketing Specialist
Ivana Zetko
Product Manager