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Jimmy Chen

Propel
Founder & CEO
Jimmy Chen is the Founder and CEO of Propel, a Brooklyn-based software company that aims to fight poverty through technology. They are the creators of the Fresh EBT mobile app, which enables EBT cardholders to manage their food stamp benefits, save money through grocery coupons, and find jobs. Fresh EBT is used by over 1 million low-income Americans across the country and, with over 15,000 five-star reviews, is one of the top finance apps on both Android and the iPhone. The app is free for end-users and the public sector; it generates revenue when its users clip a grocery coupon (over $10 million saved) or apply for a job (over 20,000 job applications submitted). Propel’s supporters and investors include the Robin Hood Foundation, the Omidyar Network, Andreessen Horowitz, Kevin Durant, and Nas. Fresh EBT has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and WIRED magazine. Jimmy was previously a Product Manager at Facebook, where he led the Facebook Groups team. He founded Propel to apply the toolkit of Silicon Valley towards fighting poverty. Jimmy has a B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University and lives in Brooklyn, NY.