25 Members

Selection Committee

5 Members

Current SC

Erin Harkless Moore

Erin Moore is the Investments Director at Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company created by Melinda French Gates to advance social progress in the US. Erin heads the investment team and is responsible for identifying, investing and managing a diverse portfolio of funds and direct investments that drive breakthrough innovations and advance women’s power. Erin has over a decade of experience building and managing customized investment portfolios.

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Pivotal Ventures

Erin Harkless Moore

Investments Director

Beezer Clarkson

Beezer leads Sapphire Partners‘ investments in venture funds domestically and internationally. Beezer began her career in financial services over 20 years ago at Morgan Stanley in its global infrastructure group. In 2016, Beezer led the launch of OpenLP, an effort to help foster greater understanding in the entrepreneur-to-LP tech ecosystem. In 2014, she was named to the Forty Over 40 list of women to watch. Beezer earned an MBA from Harvard.

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Sapphire Ventures

Beezer Clarkson

Partner

Kelli Fontaine

Kelli Fontaine joined Cendana as the Chief of Staff in 2018 and in 2020. Ms. Fontaine was promoted to Partner. She is on the investment team and leads the firm’s efforts around data, corporate relationships, and strategic initiatives. Ms. Fontaine joined from Trinity Capital Investment where she was the director for the Bay Area and deployed $75MM of loans to growth-stage companies in 2017. Prior to Trinity, she was on the operating side of fintech businesses.

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Cendana Capital

Kelli Fontaine

Partner

Michael Ashley Schulman

As CIO & founding partner Michael is responsible for Running Point’s global macro outlook, research, investment strategies, asset allocation, portfolio management, and impact and social assessments across public and private investments. Michael brings to his role over 20 years of institutional and high-net-worth portfolio management, research, trading, and wealth management experience. Michael has an MBA from MIT Sloan, a CFA designation, and a BA in Economics from UC Berkeley.

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Running Point Capital Advisors

Michael Ashley Schulman

Partner & Chief Investment Officer

Jamie Rhode

Jamie Rhode is Vice President at Verdis Investment Management, focused on venture capital, private equity and hedge fund investment sourcing and due diligence. She joined Verdis from Bloomberg, where she held roles in both equity research and credit analysis. There, she created, managed and leveraged an extensive library of statutory and financial and market data for buy and sell-side clients that use Bloomberg to make investment decisions.

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Verdis Investment Management

Jamie Rhode

Vice President

20 Members

Permanent Board

Lisa Cawley

Lisa joined Knollwood in 2015. She focuses on Knollwood’s venture fund investments, building and leading the fund diligence processes, investment data analytics, and portfolio monitoring and forecasting. Lisa joined Knollwood from Ernst & Young, where she served on private equity, VC, and public CPG clients. Lisa earned an MBA and an MSF from Loyola University Maryland, and she obtained a BBA in Accounting. Lisa holds a CPA and a CFA.

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Knollwood Investment Advisory

Lisa Cawley

Fund Investments

Trish DiGirolomo

Trish is the Investments Manager for the Babson College Endowment. She has been at the Endowment, focused mainly on the private equity portfolio, since September of 2018. Prior to joining Babson College, she worked in corporate finance and operations for a venture-backed, advertising-technology company in Baltimore, MD. She began her career in public accounting. Trish holds a BS, an MBA from Babson College and a CPA.

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Babson College

Trish DiGirolomo

Investments Manager

Jessie Jia Guo

Jessie focuses on all aspects of investment activities, including identifying and evaluating investment opportunities, monitoring investments across Legacy’s global portfolio, and managing investment analysts and associates. She is an engaged member of the Society of Kauffman Fellows, the premier leadership organization for the VC industry. She brings to Legacy a wealth of industry knowledge from the VC market in China.

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Legacy Venture

Jessie Jia Guo

Partner

Susan Spears

Susan is an investment partner, where she supports the strategic management of the portfolio. Her primary responsibilities include sourcing and underwriting commitments into venture fund managers and reviewing co-investment opportunities alongside those fund managers. Susan is passionate about bridging the gap between investing and economic development and looks to support mission-driven investments that drive impact for women and underrepresented populations.

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Atento Capital

Susan Spears

Investment Partner

Esther Tricoche

Esther is the Director of Investments at IDEAL Investments. Before that, she was a founding team member at the Laura & John Arnold Foundation. She led the Foundation’s education team and directed over $130 million in grants to sustainable, scalable, and transformative initiatives in K-12 Public Education. Prior to that, Esther worked as a policy researcher for a Fortune 500 company focusing on international human rights and sustainable corporate development.

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IDEAL Investments

Esther Tricoche

Director of Investments

Renata Aráuz-DeStefano

Renata is a member of the Investments Team at Pivotal Ventures. Renata has spent the past decade bridging the finance and social impact sectors, having held roles in microfinance, investment banking, social enterprises, and venture capital. Most recently, she served as a Project Manager for the New Capitalism Project, an initiative aimed at co-creating a field-level strategy to help guide philanthropic investment. Prior to that, she was an impact investor.

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Pivotal Ventures

Renata Aráuz-DeStefano

Investments

Sara Zulkosky

Prior to co-founding Recast, Sara served as a Venture Partner at Greenspring Associates, a venture capital platform with over $12B in assets under management. Prior to Greenspring, Sara was a Principal with CNF Investments, a private investment firm affiliated with Clark Enterprises, Inc. Before CNF, Sara participated in Foundation Capital’s Young Entrepreneurs Program, where she helped identify promising investment opportunities in the Washington, DC area.

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Recast Capital

Sara Zulkosky

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Nate Leung

Nate invests in early-stage venture capital funds on the Sapphire Partners team. He is passionate about partnering with established and emerging firms and supporting aspiring GPs. Before joining Sapphire Partners in 2019, Nate worked on the investment team at Industry Ventures focused on primary and secondary investments in venture capital funds, and direct co-investments in growth-stage companies. He was named to the VC Journal Rising Stars list in 2022.

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Sapphire Partners

Nate Leung

Partner

Lisa Edgar

Lisa Edgar is an Independent Advisor and Partner Emeritus at Top Tier Capital Partners. She was Co-Founder, Managing Director, and Member of the Investment Committee of TTCP focusing on both emerging and established primary fund commitments. Leveraging her 30 years of experience, Lisa is interested in supporting underrepresented individuals as they access the VC industry. Lisa is also a returning member of our Selection Committee.

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Top Tier Capital

Lisa Edgar

IA & Partner Emeritus

Trish DiGirolomo

Trish is the Investments Manager for the Babson College Endowment. She has been at the Endowment, focused mainly on the private equity portfolio, since September of 2018. Prior to joining Babson College, she worked in corporate finance and operations for a venture-backed, advertising-technology company in Baltimore, MD. She began her career in public accounting. Trish holds a BS, an MBA from Babson College and a CPA.

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Babson College

Trish DiGirolomo

Investments Manager

Lisa Cawley

Lisa joined Knollwood in 2015. She focuses on Knollwood’s venture fund investments, building and leading the fund diligence processes, investment data analytics, and portfolio monitoring and forecasting. Lisa joined Knollwood from Ernst & Young, where she served on private equity, VC, and public CPG clients. Lisa earned an MBA and an MSF from Loyola University Maryland, and she obtained a BBA in Accounting. Lisa holds a CPA and a CFA.

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Knollwood Investment Advisory

Lisa Cawley

Fund Investments

Jessie Jia Guo

Jessie focuses on all aspects of investment activities, including identifying and evaluating investment opportunities, monitoring investments across Legacy’s global portfolio, and managing investment analysts and associates. She is an engaged member of the Society of Kauffman Fellows, the premier leadership organization for the VC industry. She brings to Legacy a wealth of industry knowledge from the VC market in China.

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Legacy Venture

Jessie Jia Guo

Partner

Susan Spears

Susan is an investment partner, where she supports the strategic management of the portfolio. Her primary responsibilities include sourcing and underwriting commitments into venture fund managers and reviewing co-investment opportunities alongside those fund managers. Susan is passionate about bridging the gap between investing and economic development and looks to support mission-driven investments that drive impact for women and underrepresented populations.

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Atento Capital

Susan Spears

Investment Partner

Esther Tricoche

Esther is the Director of Investments at IDEAL Investments. Before that, she was a founding team member at the Laura & John Arnold Foundation. She led the Foundation’s education team and directed over $130 million in grants to sustainable, scalable, and transformative initiatives in K-12 Public Education. Prior to that, Esther worked as a policy researcher for a Fortune 500 company focusing on international human rights and sustainable corporate development.

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IDEAL Investments

Esther Tricoche

Director of Investments

Courtney McCrea

Courtney McCrea enjoys over 30 years of venture capital and private equity investment experience including 12 years of fund investing and 18 years of direct principal investing. Courtney is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Recast Capital, an investment platform established to support emerging managers in venture capital. Recast Capital provides capital and resources for emerging manager venture funds, with a preference for diverse partnerships. Most recently, Courtney was a Managing Director of Weathergage Capital, a boutique fund of funds.

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Recast Capital

Courtney McCrea

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Brittney Riley

Brittney Riley’s work focuses on driving capital to overlooked people and problems by making venture capital more equitable and effective. She has over a decade of experience focused on early-stage innovation, as an operator, investor, and LP. Brittney has been at Pivotal Ventures for the last four years, an investment and incubation company under Melinda French Gates. There, she invests in emerging venture funds and startups, aligned with advancing progress.

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Pivotal Ventures

Brittney Riley

EO of Melinda French Gates

Laura Thompson

Laura Thompson invests in technology-focused venture funds domestically and internationally. She is passionate about partnering with established and emerging firms to advance the thinking in the LP space. Laura is a frequent contributor to OpenLP in an effort to help increase transparency across the venture ecosystem, and was named a VC Rising Star by VC Journal in 2021. Laura earned a bachelor’s from Dartmouth, and an MBA from the Wharton School.

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Sapphire Partners

Laura Thompson

Partner

Charlotte Zhang

Charlotte Zhang joined Group Health Foundation in November of 2020 and serves as the Director of Investments, helping construct the Firm's investment program from scratch. Previously, she invested on behalf of two notable family offices based in San Francisco, ICONIQ Capital and Medley Partners. At ICONIQ Capital, she led investments that built out healthcare exposure in the portfolio. At Medley Partners, she underwrote investments in third-party managers.

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Group Health Foundation

Charlotte Zhang

Director

Meera Patel

Meera Patel is a Partner at Accolade. Before joining Accolade in 2022, Meera was a Director at Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Prior to that, Meera was a Partner at Brown Advisory and Investment Manager at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Duke University.

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Accolade

Meera Patel

Partner

Alex Edelson

Alex is the Founder and General Partner at Slipstream Investors, a VC fund of funds that invests in pre-seed and seed funds, many of which are emerging managers, and in their breakout portfolio companies. Before starting Slipstream, Alex was the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at QED Investors and Nigel Morris's Chief of Staff. He holds a BA and JD from the University of Michigan.

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Slipstream Investors

Alex Edelson

Founder and General Partner

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