2021 Speaker Bios
Philipp Hildebrand - Vice Chairman of BlackRock
Philipp Hildebrand, Vice Chairman of BlackRock, is a member of the firm's Global Executive Committee. He is also Chairman of the Financial Markets Advisory (FMA) and the Financial Institutions Group (FIG). He also oversees the BlackRock Investment Institute (BII) and BlackRock Sustainable Investing (BSI).
Mr. Hildebrand joined BlackRock in 2012. Prior to that, he served as Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank (SNB). In that capacity, he was also a Director of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the Swiss Governor of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and a member of the Financial Stability Board (FSB), of which the Leaders of the G20 appointed him Vice Chairman in 2011. Previously, Mr. Hildebrand was Chief Investment Officer of a Swiss private bank and a partner at Moore Capital Management in London.
Mr. Hildebrand is a Trustee of the British Museum, a member of the Group of Thirty and an Honorary Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford. He sits on the International Advisory Board of Oxford University's Blavatnik School of Government and the International Leadership Council for Europe for the University of Toronto. He is a Chevalier de L'Ordre National du Mérite (France).
Mr. Hildebrand earned a BA from the University of Toronto, an MA from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford.
John Rhee, Chairman of Stratis Impact
Mr. Rhee is a leader in global sustainability and has been a long-standing philanthropical giant. John is currently working as an Investment Committee Member for the Barbra Bush Foundation. He has extensive experience in financial markets where he was responsible for many landmark deals in business development and strategic execution. He is also a founding partner of Stratis Impact for Sustainable Investing and held the position of Chief Financial Officer of the Nobel Sustainability Trust in Switzerland. John worked previously as an Executive Director for Softbank Alternative Investment and Venture Fund. Prior to these, John was an attorney with Davis Polk and Wardwell in New York and clerked for the White House Legal Counsel’s Office under President Clinton. John is a graduate of the Yale Law School JD program and of the Cornell Undergraduate program at the School of Arts and Sciences.
Adena Friedman, President & CEO of NASDAQ
Adena Friedman became President and Chief Executive Officer of Nasdaq on January 1, 2017, and is a member of the Board of Directors. She brings more than 20 years of industry leadership and expertise, and is credited with significantly shaping Nasdaq’s transformation into a leading global exchange and technology solutions company with operations across six continents.
Prior to being named CEO, Adena served as President and Chief Operating Officer throughout 2016 and was responsible for overseeing all of the company’s business segments with a focus on driving efficiency, product development, growth and expansion.
She rejoined Nasdaq in 2014, after serving as Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group from March 2011 to June 2014 and playing a critical role in taking the company public in May 2012.
Before Carlyle, Adena was a key member of Nasdaq's management team for over a decade, serving in a variety of roles, including head of the company's data products business, head of corporate strategy and Chief Financial Officer. She played an instrumental role in Nasdaq’s acquisition strategy, overseeing the acquisitions of INET, OMX, and the Philadelphia and Boston Exchanges. She originally joined Nasdaq in 1993 as an intern.
Since December 2018, Adena has served as a Class B director to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. She was elected to the Board of Directors of FCLTGlobal, a non-profit organization that researches tools to encourage long-term investing, in January 2020. Adena began her term as a member of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust on July 1, 2020.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Williams College in Massachusetts and a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.
Learn more at https://www.nasdaq.com/about/our-people/adena-t.-friedman.
Kirsten Green, Founding Partner of Forerunner Ventures
Combining a unique and unconventional blend of professional history and acquired investment experience, Kirsten launched San Francisco-based Forerunner Ventures in 2010, where she serves as Founder and Managing Partner.
In an unpredictable consumer landscape, Kirsten’s 20+ years of evaluation and investment success stems from a combination of product savvy, consumer insight and a thesis-driven approach that has been the basis of all her investments — from pre-revenue startups to multi-billion-dollar enterprises. As a founder, Kirsten has led efforts to raise over $1B+ from leading institutional investors and invest in more than 100 companies. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors at Glossier, Ritual, Faire, The Yes, Hims & Hers, Curated, and Modern Fertility. She also served on the board of Dollar Shave Club and Bonobos, two Forerunner portfolio companies with notable sale transactions. She is also a member of the Board of Directors at Nordstrom, Inc (NYSE: JWN).
Kirsten has been honored in Time’s 100 Most Influential People, named a Top 20 Venture Capitalists by The New York Times in 2018 & 2017, is part of Forbes' 2020, 2019, 2018 & 2017 Midas Lists, in addition to being named in the magazine’s World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. She was named VC of the Year at TechCrunch’s 2017 Crunchies Awards and listed on Vanity Fair’s New Establishment list. Kirsten is a founding member of the female mentorship collective, All Raise, and actively champions women in the tech industry.
Prior to Forerunner, Kirsten was an equity research analyst and investor at Banc of America Securities, formerly Montgomery Securities, covering publicly-traded retail and consumer stocks. Kirsten graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Business Economics, and has earned a CPA license and a CFA certification.
David Grain, Founder and CEO of Grain Management
David Grain is the Founder and CEO of Grain Management. He brings over 25 years of experience in industry and 15 years in private equity. David founded Grain in 2007, having formerly worked as a Communications industry operator, private equity operating partner, and investment banking executive.
Prior to Grain, David served from 2002 to 2006 as President of Global Signal, Inc. (formerly NYSE: GSL), the largest communication tower owner/operator at the time. David has also served as Senior Vice President at AT&T Broadband’s New England Region and was an Executive Director in the High Yield Finance department at Morgan Stanley, where his focus was TMT. He also served as an Operating Advisor to General Catalyst.
David received a B.A. in English from the College of the Holy Cross and M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Southern Company and on the Board of Trustees of the Brookings Institution.
Learn more at https://www.graingp.com/team/bio/2.
Marc Jones, Chairman & CEO of Aeris Communications
Marc Jones is one of Silicon Valley’s most innovative technology entrepreneurs. As Chairman, President & CEO of Aeris Communications, Marc and his team have spent over a decade helping the world’s largest companies fundamentally improve their business through the Internet of Things (IoT). Named by Goldman Sachs as one of the nation’s best entrepreneurs in 2012 and 2013, Marc grew up in Chicago before coming west to Stanford University where he received both his undergraduate and law degrees. As a young lawyer, Marc was recruited by top tier investment banks and soon by their clients. In his early thirties, he was named President and COO of Madge Networks, where he helped to turn a young $40M revenue company into a $500M industry leader. Madge’s successful IPO took place during Marc’s tenure. After Madge Networks, Marc served as the Chairman, President & CEO of Visionael, a pioneer in enterprise network management and automation, raising over $40M to fuel their rapid growth. In addition to his professional work, Marc sits on the Board of Directors for Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) and Stanford Health Care and is on the Board of Trustees for Stanford University. He is widely known for his deep commitment to the non-profit sector and serves as the Chair of Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) and on Board of the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF). He previously served on the Board of Visitors for Stanford Law School, the Stanford Athletic Board, and the Board of Directors for Working Partnerships USA. Marc also served as Chair of the National Cyber Security Partnership’s Enterprise Task Force and in 2004, testified before Congress on Cyber Security. He also has testified before Congress on Sarbanes-Oxley.
Learn more at https://www.aeris.com/management-team/marc-jones/.
Sandy Robertson, Founding Partner of Francisco Partners
Sandy Robertson is a Founding Partner of Francisco Partners.
Prior to founding Francisco Partners in 1999, Sandy was the founder and Chairman of Robertson, Stephens & Company, a leading technology investment bank which was formed in 1978 and sold to BankAmerica in 1998. Since the sale, he has been an active technology investor and advisor to several technology companies. Sandy was also the founder of Robertson, Coleman, Siebel & Weisel, later renamed Montgomery Securities, another prominent technology investment bank.
Sandy serves on the board of directors of JustAnswer, Pain Therapeutics (PTIE) and salesforce.com (CRM).
Learn more at https://www.franciscopartners.com/team/sanford-robertson.
Rogers McNamee T'82, Tech Investor, Activist, Author
Roger McNamee is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe, which documents his journey from mentor to Mark Zuckerberg to critic of Facebook. Zucked was the cover story in TIME on January 28, 2019. Since April 2017, Roger has been engaged – with many others – in a campaign to address the dark side of social media and reform the tech industry.
In the context of his activism, Roger has been featured in three documentaries, The Facebook Dilemma, a PBS Frontline film about election interference which won the coveted Peabody Award, and The Great Hack, about Cambridge Analytica, was nominated for an Emmy Award. The Social Dilemma launched in September 2020 was the most viewed film that month on Netflix. Roger also serves as a member of the Real Facebook Oversight Board and as an advisor to CEOs of ADL and Common Sense Media in the #StopHateForProfit campaign to protest the amplification of hate on Facebook.
Roger began his career in 1982 at T. Rowe Price Associates, where he managed the top performing Science & Technology Fund and co-managed the New Horizons Fund. In 1991, he launched Integral Capital Partners, the first crossover fund (combining later stage venture capital with public market investments), in partnership with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Morgan Stanley & Co. In 1999, Roger co-founded Silver Lake Partners, the first private equity fund focused on technology businesses. In 2004, Roger and his partners launched Elevation Partners, an investment partnership focused on the intersection of media and technology. U2’s Bono was a co-founder of Elevation.
Roger has written opinion pieces for the New York Times, Washington Post, TIME magazine, Wired, the Financial Times, The Guardian, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and San Diego Union-Tribune. He is a frequent guest on “Squawk Alley” on CNBC and on Ali Velshi’s show on MSNBC. He was a technical advisor to HBO’s Silicon Valley for seasons 2 through 6.
In philanthropy, Roger is a co-founder of the Haight Street Art Center and the Center for Counterculture Studies. He also serves on the board of directors for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum and the Rex Foundation. Roger is a past member of boards of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Bryn Mawr College, The GRAMMY Foundation, and the operating business of the National Geographic Society. He was also responsible for raising the money that created the Wikimedia Foundation. Roger serves on the advisory boards of the Open Markets Institute, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), and the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry.
Roger performs in the bands Full Moonalice and Doobie Decibel System, in which he plays guitar and guitar. Moonalice pioneered livestream concert videos and is renowned for the quality of poster art associated with the band. The Moonalice series exceeds 1,160 posters after thirteen years. Moonalice’s single “It’s 420 Somewhere” has been downloaded more than 4.6 million times, a record from a band’s own website that has been certified by the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
Roger holds a B. A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. for the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Roger holds four U.S. patents related to livestreaming video to mobile devices.
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Julia Brady, Partner of Valo Ventures
Julia Brady is building a mission-driven venture capital firm investing in technologies that address climate and move us toward a low-carbon economy, based on 20+ years of building brands and collaborating with entrepreneurs as well as Fortune 500 clients.
Learn more at https://valoventures.org/about/
Dave Kirkpatrick, Managing Director of SJF Ventures
Dave Kirkpatrick is a Managing Director and co-founder of SJF Ventures, which focuses on high growth, positive impact ventures. Dave helped lead SJF’s capitalization of four funds totaling $260 million starting in 1999. Dave’s portfolio engagements include Terabase Energy, ROOM, Waycare, Voltaiq, Living Earth, ENTOUCH Controls, and Community Energy, as well as exited companies TransLoc, NEXTracker, groSolar, CleanScapes, B.B Hobbs, and Foxfire. Dave’s industry focus areas include solar energy, energy efficiency, recycling & reuse, and mobility. Dave also serves as the founding co-chair of the Impact Capital Managers, a network of private capital fund managers in the U.S. and Canada investing for financial returns and impact.
Prior to SJF, Dave founded and managed two other successful enterprises – KirkWorks, a cleantech investment research firm; and SunShares, a solar energy and recycling company. Dave was named the 2005 CDVC Practitioner of the Year by the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance and Recycler of the Year in 1996 by the National Recycling Coalition.
Dave earned a BA in Physics and History from Duke University in 1982 and an MBA from UNC Kenan Flagler Business School (KFBS) in 1991. He was named KFBS Executive MBA Alumnus of the Year in 2010. He enjoys gardening, kayaking and trying to learn Spanish.
David Yeh, Managing Director of 3x5 Partners
David's career spans global finance, innovation, and the Obama White House. He is a Managing Director at 3x5 Partners, a top quartile venture capital firm investing in health and environmental solutions. The Wall Street Journal stated that 3x5 Partners is "a rare, sustainability-focused firm with strong returns."
At the White House, David aided the administration's effort to grow impact investing. He personally convened a $7 trillion event with the world's largest sovereign wealth funds to stimulate investment in the USA. He also helped run the world's largest sustainable infrastructure portfolio ($30 billion) that included some of the largest solar and wind power plants and Tesla. He founded the Presidential Executive program which recruits C-suite executives to solve national challenges such as the Western water crisis, investing in rural America, and cybersecurity.
Prior to his presidential appointment, David was a multi-asset investor in Beijing, London, and New York. In London, he worked at Generation IM's (Al Gore's co-founded fund). In China, David launched the strategy and business development for a $100bn+ energy efficiency lending public private partnership.
David holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. At Dartmouth, David was a Reynolds scholar and Tucker public service fellow. He is a published author (e.g. Forbes, Wall Street Journal) and active speaker (e.g. Council of Foreign Relations and World Economic Forum). He is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese.
Geoff Eisenberg, Managing Director of Ecosystem Integrity Fund
Geoffrey Eisenberg is a Partner at the Ecosystem Integrity Fund and has been a member of the EIF investment team since its inception. Geoff leads fundraising and investor relations for the firm. His responsibilities also include investment deal sourcing, sector research, and strategy development. Geoff also works directly with EIF’s portfolio companies on strategy, capital raising, and business development. He serves as a board observer for EV Connect, Complete Solar, Sunverge, T-Rex, Flying Embers, and CleanFund.
Prior to joining EIF, Geoff worked as a Senior Consulting Associate at Cambridge Associates, a global institutional investment consulting firm. While at Cambridge, he provided investment counsel to institutional, pension, and ultra high net-worth clients. Geoff also conducted due diligence on investment managers, and helped clients build diversified and sophisticated portfolios across asset classes. He initiated the firm’s 2007 white paper on cleantech investing for institutional clients, and conducted extensive research on the cleantech industry, including company and venture capital/private equity fund analysis.
In addition to his role at EIF, Geoff is a mentor for the Hawaii Energy Excelerator, helping clean energy start-ups scale. Geoff sits on the Leadership Council for Vote Solar, and he serves as a Director of the Forsythia Foundation, a non-profit focused on the commercialization of safer green chemistry replacements for toxic chemicals in our products and environment.
Christina Pai D'00, Partner of Fort Point Capital
Christina is a Partner at Fort Point Capital, a private equity firm focused on executing control investments in promising, business services companies in the lower middle market. Since joining Fort Point in 2011, she has been responsible for sourcing, evaluating and executing investments, as well as driving value creation initiatives for her portfolio companies in the tech-enabled business services, software and transportation/logistics industries. Christina currently serves as the Chair of the Board for AMS Fulfillment and Barrington Media Group and was the former Chair of WolfePak Software and Van Pool Transportation; she also currently serves on the boards of Eventlink, Sullivans and ACG Boston.
Prior to joining Fort Point, Christina was a principal at Swift River Investments in Boston and an associate at FdG Associates. She started her career at JPMorgan, focusing on mergers and acquisitions as well as debt and equity capital raises. Christina has a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College.
Toan Huynh, Bankers Financial Corporation
Toan has spent over 22 years working at the intersection of industries and technology. Toan was co-founder and General Manager of GlobalOne, a boutique, cloud advisory firm, which achieved $10 million in revenue in the first two years before the company obtained venture funding. After the firm was rebranded to CloudSherpas in 2011, Toan assumed the role of head of Financial Services and led the product development and solutions offerings for the vertical, working closely with global 1000 financial firms to enable digital and cloud transformation programs. Toan was responsible for the global growth strategy for the financial services sector and led the expansion into large accounts across Asia, EMEA, and LATAM, ultimately growing and managing a $50M+ business unit. When the company achieved over $200M+ in revenue with over 1300 staff in 27 offices worldwide, Toan and her leadership peers facilitated the sale of the company to Accenture. As part of the CloudFirst leadership at Accenture, Toan was part of the integration team and appointed to help lead the Financial Services and Insurance digital practices, contributing to a $1B+ global practice. Toan also became a part of Accenture’s innovation leadership where she launched the Liquid Studio NY, which was a network of innovation hubs across the globe to help clients accelerate digital innovation programs and ran the Fintech Innovation Lab with the Partnership Fund for NYC, a network of global banks spearheaded by Henry Kravitz focused on developing the financial services technology ecosystem in and around NY.
Toan also has over fifteen years of experience investing in startups in consumer goods, foods, media, and health care, initially as a senior member of the tech and angel investing ecosystem in NY. Subsequently, she formally joined Information Venture Partners, a Canada based venture fund investing in early stage technologies relevant to financial services industry. As the US-based partner, she spearhead investments in data companies, fintechs, BaaS(Banking-as-a-Service), and others. In addition, while she was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Citi Ventures, Toan worked with executives of the retail bank, cards, and institutional client divisions to launch new financial products - these products included a retirement product focused on millennials and designed around behavioral finance principles, a credit underwriting solution to enable e-commerce customers to underwrite dynamic working capital and other loan programs based on alternative and market place data, and an end-to-end digital multi-party payment solution for insurance clients. As the sole US-based partner for Information Venture Partners, Toan helped to source, performed due diligence, and advised portfolio companies.
For the past five years, Toan served as an independent Director for Bankers Financial Group, a mid-sized firm with holdings in multiple insurance, BPO, PEO, and real estate businesses, serving as the Chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Compliance and Executive (ACE) and Enterprise Risk Committees. She has also served as an independent Director on the Board of Philips Edison, Inc, III - a public REIT fund, serving as a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee and as part of a special taskforce negotiating the sale of an multi-million asset. In addition, Toan was a board advisor/observer to several high-tech SaaS firms and is currently the Enterprise SaaS/Fintech lead within well-respected angel investor consortiums.
Toan is currently providing operating-partner-as-service advisory to high growth SaaS companies that are PE backed in cloud software and financial services technology.
Toan graduated with Honors from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Economics and received a Master’s Certificate in International Economics from Kyung Hee University. She is a frequent speaker and mentor in startup and venture programs including FIS Venture Studio, Global Insurance Accelerator and Female Funders. Toan seeks to link the arts as a bridge to a common language, volunteering with OpeningAct.org, WordswithoutBorders.org, and Lincoln Center Innovation Center.
Cassie Young T'11, Partner of Primary Venture Partners
Cassie Young is a Partner at Primary Venture Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm in New York. Her work is focused on supporting Primary's portfolio companies as they build, scale and optimize their sales, marketing, and customer operations.
Before joining Primary, Cassie was Chief Customer Officer for CM Group, an Insight Partners roll-up of marketing technology software including Sailthru, Campaign Monitor, Delivra, Emma, Vuture and Liveclicker; Cassie assumed that role when CM Group acquired Sailthru in 2018. In her post as Chief Customer Officer, she ran a $200MM+ global P&L while also working on general business strategy and M&A for CM Group's portfolio. Prior to the acquisition, she held a number of different executive roles at Sailthru over the course of five years, ultimately serving as the company's Chief Commercial Officer.
Cassie joined Sailthru from Gerson Lehrman Group where as VP Marketing & Analytics, she helped to lead GLG's intrapreneurship efforts. Prior to GLG, she served as VP Marketing for Savored (acquired by Groupon). Previously, Cassie was an early employee at TheLadders.com, where she managed marketing and analytics for the company's subscription business. She began her career as an analyst at Citigroup Global Corporate & Investment Bank.
Cassie graduated from Duke and holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. She is also on the advisory board for Venture for America and serves on the investment committee for VFA's Evergreen Fund.
Meghan Cross Breeden, Partner of Amplifyher Ventures
Meghan is a Partner at Amplifyher Ventures, investing in companies led by visionary women entrepreneurs. Previously, Meghan built the Cornell alumni investment network Red Bear Angels, leading the investments of 100+ HNWI into 25+ companies including Grokstyle [acq. Facebook] as well as two 'Unicorns' Lyft [NASDAQ: LYFT], and Trumid. She received her venture training from Starvest capital and Foundation Capital.
Meghan began her career as a communications specialist, managing early public relations for Skype and Foursquare, before becoming a director at the leading post-dot-com media company, StyleCaster Media [acq. She Knows Media].
Meghan is a guest writer for TechCrunch and Forbes and lecturer at Columbia University, Cornell University, and Yeshiva University on Venture Capital. She sits on the board at Lincoln Center and co-chairs the junior board of Facing History, an education nonprofit that furthers diversity and inclusion.
Meghan received her B.S. in Fiber Science from Cornell University and M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
Daryn Dodson, Managing Director of Illumen Capital
Daryn is a passionate advocate of social and economic justice, especially for disadvantaged and marginalized groups. His work with impact investors, private equity funds, Fortune 100 companies, universities and foundations has been viewed through the lens of addressing the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems.
Daryn is the Founder and Managing Director of Illumen Capital, an impact fund of funds that seeks to increase gender and racial equity within the financial markets. Illumen Capital invests in the top growth, private equity and venture impact funds, and then provides coaching and tools to fund managers designed to reduce implicit bias. Daryn previously led the Special Equities Program as a consultant to the Board of the Calvert Funds, a $15 billion pioneer of the impact investing field. Through this vehicle, Calvert maintains a portfolio of more than 40 funds on five continents, representing over 350 underlying portfolio companies. Prior to serving as a consultant to Calvert, Daryn served as Director of University and Corporate Partnership for The Idea Village, where he created a platform engaging leading private equity firms, business schools, and Fortune 500 companies to invest over 100,000 hours and $2 million into more than 1,000 New Orleans entrepreneurs post-Hurricane Katrina.
Mr. Dodson is the co-author of published research that examines the influence of race in financial judgements of asset allocators, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Ben and Jerry’s. He earned his M.B.A. from Stanford, where he serves on the Dean’s Management Board, and his A.B. from Duke University.
Jacques-Philippe Piverger T'07, Managing Partner of OzoneX
Jacques-Philippe Piverger serves as OzoneX’s Managing Partner, overseeing the firm’s operations with responsibilities across all aspects of the business.
Jacques-Philippe is an entrepreneur who harnesses private and public sector experiences to affect change where it is needed most on the globe. He has co-created and scaled a wide range of enterprises including MPOWERD Inc., REALICITY, and The Council of Urban Professionals.
Jacques-Philippe developed his business acumen in the finance world, most notably as Director at AIG Investments and PineBridge Investments, where he participated in over $10 billion of real estate and venture capital transactions. He has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and by the Council on Foreign Relations as a Term Member. He also serves as a board member of the New York Economic Development Corporation's Build NYC and the Industrial Development Agency.
Jacques-Philippe holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown and a Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He is an avid martial artist and practitioner of transcendental meditation.
Miriam Rivera, Managing Director of Ulu Ventures
Miriam Rivera is co-founder and managing director of Ulu Ventures, a top seed stage venture fund focused on IT startups. Previously, Miriam was vice-president/general counsel at Google, joining as the second attorney. Her work to simplify contracts helped Google scale from $85m to $10b in 5 years. Miriam earned AB, AM and JD/MBA degrees from Stanford; was a trustee at the university and serves on Stanford’s Lead Council and the Stanford Law School Venture Fund. She is on the investment committee of Acumen Fund America, is a Kauffman Foundation Board member and an advisor to the Launch with GS Advisory Council, a Goldman Sachs initiative to reduce the investing gap for Black and LatinX founders.
Andrew Olaleye T'13, Co-Founder of Chatdesk
Andrew (T'13) is Co-Founder of Chatdesk, a New York based cloud customer support platform. Chatdesk uses machine learning to enable companies to scale their customer support team in days. The mission of the company is to solve customer service and create jobs. Leading brands such as BarkBox, Spanx, Air Transat, and Vera Bradley use Chatdesk tools to increase sales by 10%+ and reduce service costs by 60%+. Freelance Chatdesk Experts across the US and around the world use the Chatdesk platform to earn income on demand by providing support for brands that they love.
Prior to Chatdesk, Andrew spent 3 years as a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he advised Retailers and Banks around digital operations and Customer Experience design. He has over 15 years of experience within Strategy, Operations and Finance and worked across North America, Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. He's originally from Atlanta and graduated with honors (BBA Finance) from the University of Georgia.
Amogha Tadimety, Co-Founder and CEO of Nanopath Diagnostics
Amogha Tadimety (Th Ph.D.’20) is the CEO and co-founder of Nanopath Diagnostics, a platform company harnessing engineering advances for rapid, sensitive disease diagnostics. Amogha was a Ph.D. Innovation Fellow at the Thayer School of Engineering and spun out the company with her co-founders Alison Burklund (Th Ph.D. '21) and Professor John X.J. Zhang. Her background bridges deep technical expertise in biomarker detection with industry experience in life sciences consulting (Trinity Life Sciences, Waltham MA) and venture capital (Borealis Ventures, Hanover NH). Nanopath placed 2nd overall in the Rice Business Plan Competition 2020, and just closed its seed round of funding at the end of 2020. The team is working on product development, clinical studies, and regulatory strategy, and is eager to connect with mentors passionate about global health and health equity.
Adrian Ortiz, Founder and CTO of Flow
Adrian is a serial entrepreneur; and a co-founder & CTO of Flow. He’s a builder at heart. When he’s not building Flow, he’s working at the intersection of art and technology; building things like Bass Bar for Burning Man, and other fun side projects.
Michael Allison, Senior Managing Director of Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners
Michael is a Senior Managing Director at Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners, based in New York. Stonepeak is a specialized private equity firm that invests in strategically important infrastructure assets within the renewables, communications, energy, power, water, and transportation sectors and manages approximately $25.9 billion of capital on behalf of its investors. Michael sits on certain of Stonepeak’s Investment Committees and has perspective on renewable markets, investors, developers, supply chains, and policy across a wide range of geographies. Prior to joining Stonepeak, Michael was a Senior Managing Director and head of Renewable Energy and Infrastructure Development within Macquarie Capital, having joined Macquarie Group from Bankers Trust Australia in 1999. Michael has made numerous equity investments across the renewable and conventional power sectors. Stonepeak recently invested in one of the leading distributed solar platforms in the U.S. in Madison Energy Investments as well as investments in renewable platforms focused on offshore wind and onshore solar in Taiwan and Japan. Michael holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology Sydney in Australia.
Frank Hermelink T'05, Managing Director and Head of Power & Utility Group for EMEA at Morgan Stanley
Frank is a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley based in London, where he leads the Power & Utility Group for Europe, Middle East, and Africa within the Investment Banking Division. He and his team have been involved in many of Europe’s biggest power, utility, and infrastructure transactions. A native of the Netherlands, Frank earned his MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College in 2005. He began his career as an analyst with Theodoor Gilissen Bankiers and then Kempen & Co. in Amsterdam.
Thad Hill T'95, President and Chief Executive Officer of Calpine Corporation
Thad Hill became Calpine’s President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of its Board of Directors in May 2014, when he was promoted from Chief Operating Officer. Calpine Corporation is one of the nation’s largest independent competitive power companies. Calpine was listed on the NYSE until March 2018, but was then taken private at a $17.1 billion valuation by a consortium led by Energy Capital Partners with the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board and Access Industries along with other pension, insurance, and sovereign wealth funds. Prior to Calpine, Mr. Hill was with NRG Energy from 2006 to 2008, serving as President of NRG Texas in 2007-2008. Prior to NRG, Mr. Hill was Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Texas Genco LP from 2005 to 2006. From 1995 to 2005, he was with Boston Consulting Group, where he rose to Partner and Managing Director and led the North American energy practice, serving companies in the power and gas sector with a focus on commercial and strategic issues. Mr. Hill received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University magna cum laude and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, where he was elected an Edward Tuck Scholar.
Mark Hickson, Executive Vice President of Corporate Development, Strategy, Quality, and Integration of NextEra Energy, Inc.
Mark Hickson is Executive Vice President of Corporate Development, Strategy, Quality, and Integration for NextEra Energy, Inc. In this role, he works to identify and prioritize top quality and process improvement initiatives across the company, as well as corporate strategy, mergers, acquisitions, and integration activities. Mr. Hickson is also Executive Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development of NextEra Energy Partners, LP, a growth-oriented limited partnership formed by NextEra Energy, Inc. NextEra Energy Partners acquires, manages, and owns contracted clean energy projects with stable, long-term cash flows. Mr. Hickson also serves on the board of directors of NextEra Energy Partners. He joined NextEra Energy in 2012 as Vice President, Corporate Development and Operational Excellence. In 2015, he was named Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Strategy, Quality, and Integration. In 2017, he was promoted to his current position. Prior to joining NextEra Energy, Mr. Hickson worked at Merrill Lynch & Co., where he was given increasing levels of responsibility from 1997-2012 and served as Managing Director in Global Mergers and Acquisitions until 2012. Mr. Hickson holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia Business School, where he graduated with honors.
Daniel R. Revers T'89, Managing Partner and Founder of ArcLight Capital Partners, LLC
Daniel Revers is the founder of ArcLight Capital and has 30 years of energy finance and private equity experience. Mr. Revers is responsible for overall investment, asset management, strategic planning, and operations of ArcLight and its funds. Prior to forming ArcLight in 2000, Mr. Revers was a Managing Director in the Corporate Finance Group at John Hancock Financial Services, where he was responsible for the origination, execution, and management of a $6 billion portfolio consisting of debt, equity, and mezzanine investments in the energy industry. Prior to joining John Hancock in 1995, Mr. Revers held various financial positions at Wheelabrator Technologies, where he specialized in the development, acquisition, and financing of domestic and international power and energy projects. Mr. Revers earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Lafayette College and a Master of Business Administration from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.
Adam Marcus, Managing Director of Providence Strategic Growth
Adam Marcus is a managing director on the Providence Strategic Growth team and is based in our Boston office. He is currently a director of Assembly, Chatmeter, Lusha and SevenRooms. Prior to joining Providence in 2019, Mr. Marcus was a Partner at OpenView Venture Partners, where he focused on software investments. At OpenView, Mr. Marcus was on the boards of Instructure (NYSE: INST), Kareo, VTS, Spredfast (sold to Vista), UnBoundID (sold to Vista), Monetate (sold to Vista), Instantly (sold to SSI) and Fieldaware. Prior to OpenView Partners, he was an investor at Battery Venture where he invested in ExactTarget (Sold to Salesforce for $2.5B). Mr. Marcus received a Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College and a Bachelor of Arts from Franklin and Marshall College.
David Silverman, Partner of Crosslink Capital
David joined Crosslink in 2011 and focuses on venture investments in software, financial technologies and digital media. David brings more than 20 years of experience working with technology businesses as a venture capital investor and investment banker. Prior to joining Crosslink, David was a partner at 3i Ventures, a global private equity and venture capital firm. He also served as a senior officer in the technology practices at both Robertson Stephens and Piper Jaffray. Some of his prior investments included: BlueLithium (acquired by Yahoo!), Demand Media (DMD), Fotolog (acquired by Hi-Media), Omniture (OMTR; acquired by Adobe), Speakeasy (acquired by BestBuy) and Vonage (VG).
Devin Mathews, Founder/Partner of ParkerGale
Devin has twenty years of experience investing in technology companies and helping management teams build their companies. Prior to founding ParkerGale, Devin was a Managing Partner and a member of the investment committee at Chicago Growth Partners where he ran their technology group. He also spent five years at Baird Venture Partners where he was the Managing Partner and chair of the investment committee. Early in his career, Devin worked at Great Hill Partners and William Blair Capital Partners. He studied Art History at SUNY Binghamton and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Devin supports Chicago’s visual arts community as a Board member of threewalls.
Tim Millikin, Partner/Co-head of Tech of TPG
Tim Millikin is a Partner at TPG based in San Francisco, where he co-leads TPG’s investment activities in software & enterprise technology. He currently serves as a director or observer of Ellucian, Expanse, Infinidat, McAfee, and Renaissance Learning, and has led or been involved with many of the firm’s current and prior technology investments including Box, Domo, Guardicore, SunGard, Tanium, and Zscaler. Prior to joining TPG in 2007, Tim worked in the Technology M&A group at Morgan Stanley where he advised on and executed M&A transactions across the enterprise software, Internet, technology hardware, and services sectors. Tim holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and a BA in economics from Dartmouth College. Tim also serves as Chairman of the Board of Minds Matter San Francisco.
Todd Liker T'00, Managing Director & Co-Portfolio Manager of Oaktree
Mr. Liker joined Oaktree in 2008. He is a managing director and co-portfolio manager of Oaktree’s Real Estate Opportunities strategy and leads the Real Estate team in New York. Mr. Liker has investment experience across all major real estate asset types with a particular focus on Oaktree’s investment activities in the Southeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States. He also oversees the group’s focus in corporate real estate-related platforms and companies. Prior to joining Oaktree, Mr. Liker was an executive director with J.P. Morgan Securities’ Real Estate, Lodging & Gaming Investment Banking group in New York and London. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, he spent four years at ABN AMRO in Chicago and Singapore. Mr. Liker received a B.S. degree in business administration from the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Mr. Liker was formerly a member of the M.B.A. Advisory Council at the Tuck School of Business.
Dave Chen, CEO and Chairman of Equilibrium Capital
Dave is the CEO and Chairman of Equilibrium. Dave leads the firm’s growth, strategy and investment product development. He serves on Equilibrium’s Board of Directors.
Dave’s commitment to sustainability started with his work in venture capital, leading initiatives in regional economic development and participating in climate change policy development. In 2007, Dave saw sustainability re-shaping the basic economic sectors of the “Maslow hierarchy of needs” and creating economic advantage. Climate change was driving a rethinking of asset risk and value. In 2008, Equilibrium was founded to be a global leader in sustainability-driven asset management for institutional investors to deliver sustainable alpha and intentional positive impact for society and environment.
Previously, Dave was a general partner at OVP Venture Partners (2000-2007). His investments at OVP included Intelligent Results (acquired by First Data), Net6 (acquired by Citrix), @mobile (acquired by Software.com), and @once (acquired by InfoUSA). Prior to OVP, Dave founded GeoTrust (acquired by VeriSign 2006), The Ascent Group, a global strategy consultancy firm; Vice President Marketing Mentor Graphics; Associate McKinsey & Company; and early team member Solectron (1978-1985).
Nicolas Santoni D'12, AVP of CIM Group
Nicolas Santoni is an Associate Vice President within CIM’s Investments Group, based in Los Angeles. Nicolas has participated in a variety of real estate and infrastructure transactions across different asset classes, such as multifamily for rent and solar. Prior to joining CIM in 2014, Nicolas worked at Deutsche Bank as an Analyst in Latin America Investment Banking (2012-2014). Nicolas received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Dartmouth College.
Holland Davis T'18, Vice President of HarbourVest Partners
Holland Davis joined HarbourVest in 2018 and focuses on sourcing, analyzing, and executing a full range of real assets investments.
Holland joined the Firm from Cambridge Associates, where he spent four years as an associate investment director conducting due diligence on private equity real estate, natural resources, energy, and most recently co-investment opportunities for clients.
Holland received a BA (magna cum laude) in Economics and Government from St. Lawrence University in 2011 and an MBA from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in 2018.
Sarah Mahlab T’15, Portfolio Manager of The Lyme Timber Company
Sarah returned to Lyme as Portfolio Manager in 2019 and is responsible for managing existing investments and evaluating new timberland investment opportunities. Immediately prior, Sarah served as Manager of Business Development for Green Diamond Resource Company, where she evaluated and managed timberland acquisition activities, new partnership opportunities, conservation sales, and other new business opportunities. Before Green Diamond, Sarah worked briefly at Canopy, a place-based investment platform in the Pacific Northwest, and Threshold Group, a family office with a focus on building impact investment portfolios. Sarah started her career at Lyme, where she managed investor relations from 2009-2013. Sarah earned her M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 2015 where she was a Tuck Scholar and a B.A. in Environmental Analysis from Pomona College in 2009.
Liam Donohue T'95, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of .406 Ventures
Liam has been a venture investor for more than 25 years. After graduating from Tuck, he joined Foster Management as a Principal to invest in healthcare service businesses; he then co-founding Arcadia Partners, a fund focused on health-tech and ed-tech companies; and finally, he co-founded and now runs .406 Ventures, a leading early stage enterprise IT and digital healthcare investor with $1B under management across four funds. Over this time, Liam has invested nearly $270M in 25+ companies.
Liam leads .406 Ventures’ digital healthcare investing practice, focusing on companies that provide technology, systems and services that support improved clinical delivery. Current companies include Abacus Insights, AristaMD, Bend Financial, Better Life Partners, Equip, Heartbeat Health, IMCS, Iora Health, Hurdle, Laudio, Nomad Health, Redox and WelbeHealth. Prior investments include AbleTo, which was recapitalized by Optum; WellAware, which was sold to Healthsense (now Best Buy); and Health Dialog, which was sold to BUPA for $775M.
Liam has a BS in Chemistry from Georgetown University and an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.
Peter Barris T'77, Managing General Partner of New Enterprise Associates
Peter joined NEA in 1992 and was the firm’s Managing General Partner from 1999-2017. After retiring in 2019, Peter now serves as Chairman. During his 18 years at the helm, NEA's assets under management grew from $1B to over $20B and the organization scaled its operations to become one of the world’s largest venture capital firms. Under Peter’s leadership, NEA invested in industry-transforming technology companies like CareerBuilder, Tableau, Diapers.com, Groupon, Jet.com, Juniper Networks, Macromedia, Salesforce.com, TiVo, and Workday. He has been named several times to the Forbes Midas List of top technology investors, to Crain’s Chicago 50 Top Tech Stars, to Washington Tech Council’s Hall of Fame, and to the Washington Business Hall of Fame. Peter has personally led investments in over two dozen technology companies that have successfully completed public offerings or mergers. He serves on the board of public company Groupon (GRPN) and Sprout Social, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPT), and is currently a director of several private companies including Berkshire Grey, Catalytic, NextNav, Tamr, Tempus, ThreatQuotient, Upskill, ViewLift and ZeroFox.
Prior to joining NEA, Peter was President of Legent Corporation (LGNT) and Senior Vice President of the Systems Software Division of UCCEL Corporation (UCE). Both companies were ultimately acquired at valuations that were record breaking for their time. Earlier, Peter spent almost a decade at General Electric Company in a variety of management positions, including Vice President and General Manager at GE Information Services. He is Vice-Chair of the Northwestern University Board of Trustees and serves on the Board of the Tuck School Private Equity and Entrepreneur Center, In-Q-Tel and the Brookings Institution. Peter previously served on the Executive Committee of the Board of the National Venture Capital Association and was also a founding member of Venture Philanthropy Partners, a philanthropic organization in the Washington D.C. area. Peter received his BSEE from Northwestern University and his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Deb Kemper T'95, Managing Partner of Golden Seeds Ventures
Deb Kemper is a partner at Golden Seeds Ventures, focused on investing in early stage enterprise B2B and medtech companies. She formerly led the Boston Forum of Golden Seeds, a national angel investor group. Prior to joining Golden Seeds Ventures, she built a portfolio of over two dozen early stage investments via Libra Global Partners, LLC.
Previously, Deb was a consultant with McKinsey & Company where she served clients in the energy, utility, electronics, and healthcare sectors. Her functional experience spans manufacturing, product development, operations and strategy. She has provided leadership support to organizations in China, Peru and the United States.
Deb was the founding organizer for TEDxShanghaiWomen in 2012, which was the first TEDxWomen event in mainland China. She speaks at various events on women in leadership and early stage venture investing.
Sander Duncan D'09, General Partner of Lifeforce Capital
Sander is a General Partner at Lifeforce Capital. Previously, Sander served as Vice President, Business Development for Pager, a venture-backed digital health company focused on improving patient access to the right care. Sander helped to evolve Pager’s business and business model to a national enterprise-facing company selling to leading payers and health systems while overseeing sales, account management, strategic partnerships, and corporate development. Before Pager, Sander was a founder of Northwell Ventures, the corporate ventures arm for New York State’s largest health system, and a leader at Cleveland Clinic Ventures focused on financing both outside companies and spin-outs based on Cleveland Clinic technology. He began his career in healthcare private equity after graduating from Dartmouth with a BA in Molecular Biology.
Dana Callow T'79, Managing Partner of Boston Millenia Partners
Dana is the Managing Partner of Boston Millennia Partners. Prior to founding Boston Millennia Partners, he worked as a Senior Consultant at Braxton Associates, an international strategic planning firm that was formed by professionals from Bain & Co. and Boston Consulting Group. He worked with Fortune 100 companies in strategic planning and implementing merger and acquisition strategies. Prior to working in the management consulting business, Mr. Callow worked in sales and marketing for Tymshare, Inc. (McDonnell-Douglas). He was formerly Lead Director and Chair of the governance committee of PAREXEL International Corporation. He is a lead investor in, or has served as, a Director of several other public and private companies. Mr. Callow is a member of the Advisory Board of the Dartmouth/Tuck Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees and member and past Chairman of the Investment Committee at Tufts University and on the Board of Overseers at Tufts University Medical School. Mr. Callow is a National Board member for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society where he chaired its Therapy Acceleration Program committee. Mr. Callow is a graduate of Tufts University and holds an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth.
Steve LeSieur T'05, Managing Director of Spectrum Equity
Steve joined the firm in 2005 and is a Managing Director. His areas of investment focus include Internet-enabled software and information services with particular expertise in healthcare IT and education technology. Prior to joining Spectrum, Steve worked at Trident Capital. Steve received an MBA from Dartmouth College and BA from Princeton University.
Tim McAdam D’90, General Partner of TCV
Tim joined TCV in 2010 and focuses on investments in the enterprise software, security, and tech-enabled services markets. His current investments include FinancialForce, GitLab, OneTrust, Oversight, and Vectra. His prior investments include Alarm.com (NASDAQ: ALRM), Avalara (NYSE: AVLR), Rapid7 (NASDAQ: RPD), Silver Peak (acquired by HPE), Splunk (NASDAQ: SPLK) and TOA Technologies (acquired by Oracle). Tim was previously a partner at Trinity Ventures, a leading early- to mid-stage venture capital firm, where he focused on investments in the software and security sectors. Prior to Trinity, Tim was a vice president at GTCR in Chicago. He started his career in the early 1990s at TA Associates in Boston. Tim received his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated with a B.A. in Classical Archaeology from Dartmouth College.
Jonathan Hunnicutt T’04 D’97, General Partner of WestView Capital Partners
Jonathan joined WestView at its inception in 2004. Prior to joining WestView, Jonathan was an Associate at Weston Presidio, a private equity firm which managed five funds totaling over $3.3 billion in capital. Prior to joining Weston Presidio, Jonathan was an Associate at Fleet Equity Partners (Nautic Partners), a private equity firm which managed $1.7 billion in capital. Prior to entering the private equity industry, Jonathan was an Analyst in investment banking at Merrill Lynch where he was involved in mergers and acquisitions, management buyouts, high-yield financings and equity offerings. Jonathan received his A.B. in Government and Geography cum laude from Dartmouth College and his MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth where he was a Tuck Scholar.
Matthew Prout, Managing Director & Sector Head of Onex Falcon
Matthew Prout joined Falcon in September 2011. He was previously a Vice President for Culbro (family office) in a private equity role and with Banc of America Securities’ Leveraged Finance team. Mr. Prout has served on the Board of Directors of several companies, including current portfolio companies Sun Orchard, Chairmans Foods, Lakeview Farms and Mitra QSR. Prior affiliations include Lehman Brothers and Roynat Capital. Mr. Prout holds a B.S. degree from Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Alexander Greeley, Principal of Blackstone Tactical Opportunities
Alex Greeley is a Principal in the Tactical Opportunities group. Since joining Blackstone in 2015, Mr. Greeley has been involved in Blackstone’s investments in SUNZ, Sema4, Acrisure, International Market Centers, Blue Yonder (f/k/a JDA), Stream, Hudson Structured, and Van Metre.
Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Greeley was an Associate in the Distressed Debt group at Oaktree Capital. Prior to that, Mr. Greeley was an Associate at First Reserve Corporation, an energy-focused private equity fund based in Greenwich, CT. Mr. Greeley began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Citi in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group.
Mr. Greeley received an AB in Economics cum laude from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Currently, Mr. Greeley serves as a Director of International Market Centers.
Maxwell David D'12, Principal of Apollo Global Management
Mr. David is a Principal in Apollo Global Management’s Private Equity business, having joined in 2014. Prior to that time, Mr. David was a member of the Investment Banking division of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Mr. David serves on the board of directors of LifePoint Health, Inc., Camaro Parent, LLC (more commonly known as CareerBuilder), and Aris Mortgage Holding Company, LLC (more commonly known as AmeriHome). Mr. David graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Economics modified with Psychology and an International Studies minor.
Bryce Fraser T'05, Managing Director of Angelo Gordon
Bryce Fraser joined Angelo Gordon in 2016 and is a Managing Director in the distressed & corporate special situations group. Before joining Angelo Gordon, Bryce was a Managing Director at Watershed Asset Management focused on liquid corporate securities. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director in the Drawbridge Special Opportunities fund at Fortress Investment Group focused on distressed and special situation investments, an Associate on Merrill Lynch’s distressed trading desk and an analyst in the investment banking division at Credit Suisse First Boston. Bryce serves on the Board of Directors of Team Tankers. Bryce holds an M.B.A. degree from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a B.S. degree in accounting from the Pennsylvania State University.
Jennifer Balbach T’97, Founding Partner of Summer Street Capital
A founding partner of Summer Street, Jennifer is involved in most aspects of the firm’s operations. Her responsibilities include portfolio company development, marketing support, and administrative management. Jennifer has served on the boards of several portfolio companies, including those in manufacturing and services sectors. Prior to Summer Street, Jennifer served as Vice President at Buffalo Ventures, where she placed equity investments in and provided advisory services to numerous small businesses in Western New York. She also served as a management consultant at Bain & Company, Coopers & Lybrand, and American Management Systems, where she advised clients in manufacturing, defense, and services sectors. A graduate of Harvard College, Jennifer also received an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Jennifer serves as a director for several local and regional boards. She also chairs the investment committee for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo’s pension and investment funds. Jennifer and her husband are proud parents of three sons. Jennifer enjoys skiing and traveling, as well as being a hockey, soccer, and lacrosse mom.
Jonathan Pressnell T’12, Partner of Blue Point Capital
Jonathan rejoined Blue Point Capital in 2015; he was previously with Blue Point from 2007 to 2010. Most recently, Jonathan was a principal at Greenbriar Equity Group. Prior to joining Blue Point in 2007, Jonathan worked as an analyst for KeyBanc Capital Markets in the mergers and acquisitions group, and he began his career as an auditor at Ernst & Young. Jonathan holds a B.S.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.S. in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College, where he was an Edward Tuck Scholar. Jon serves as a director of Country Pure Foods, FM Sylvan, Gesco and VRC Holdings. Outside of work, Jonathan relishes the time spent with his daughter and son. He also brews his own beer, which helps ease the pain of being a lifelong Cleveland sports fan.
John Ranieri D’88, Managing Director of Peppertree Capital
John is a Managing Director of Peppertree Capital Management, Inc. Prior to joining Peppertree, he served as Chief Financial Officer for each of Open Mobile (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Revol Wireless (Cleveland, OH), Affinity Internet (Fort Lauderdale, FL), and Redfern Broadband Networks (Sydney, Australia). John started his career in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department of Morgan Stanley. John earned his BA degree at Dartmouth College and his MBA from The Wharton School of Business.
Drew Loucks T’11, Partner of Great Hill Partners
Drew is a Partner at Great Hill Partners where he is responsible for originating, evaluating and managing investments in later-stage growth companies with enterprise values between $50 - $500 million. His focus spans a range of industries, including internet infrastructure, software, HR technology, security, mobile and business services, and a range of investment types, including growth buyouts, growth equity investments and recapitalizations. Prior to joining Great Hill Partners in 2011, Drew held Associate positions at Tudor Investment Corporation and Jeffries & Company. He received his B.A. degree from Bowdoin College, and holds an MBA from Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business.
Sarah Apgar T'11, Founder of FitFighter
Sarah Apgar is the Founder of FitFighter, a way of life that makes you Mission Ready. She originally designed her signature strength training tool, the Steelhose, featured in 2020 on ABC’s Shark Tank, to train firefighters better for the rigors of the job. Now FitFighter is available to all of us, to keep us ready for our everyday mission.
Sarah is an Iraq War Veteran, All-American Collegiate Athlete, Fitness Professional, former Volunteer Firefighter, and mom of 2 little girls. In addition to her primetime Shark Tank debut, Sarah and FitFighter have been featured in Mens Health Magazine, Muscle and Fitness, ABC News, USA Sports Radio, Armed Forces Network, and Oxygen Magazine, and performed for clients the likes of ESPN, FDNY, and the United States Military. Sarah promotes and celebrates the power of teams, women leaders, and public service, contributing a portion of sales to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Tower Foundation. Prior to launching FitFighter, Sarah was an executive at Warby Parker, overseeing the opening of the first 50 bricks and mortar retail stores in the US and Canada.
Sarah has an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a BA from Princeton University, and is a graduate of the Princeton Army ROTC Program. She lives in Port Washington NY with her husband, Ben Smith, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, her two young daughters, Emory and Arlyn, and canine Louisiana. Sarah is an avid skier, hiker, triathlete, and just about anything outdoors, and adores baking, cable reruns, and making people smile.
Ed Warren T'17, Founder of Zippity
Ed is a former US Air Force Nuclear Weapons Officer. His entrepreneurial background includes Amazon Robotics and Internet of Things start-up, Digital Lumens. In his spare time, Ed can be found building an off-the-grid cabin in New Hampshire, or working on his 1986 Volkswagen Vanagon. Ed has an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Ross Klosterman, Founder of UnifiHealth
Bio coming soon.