30 Members

Selection Committee

6 Members

Current SC

Rhonda Shafei

Rhonda Shafei helps manage Prospect Advisors, the family office for the Hillhouse partnership. She leads sourcing and investing for Prospect in North America. Before joining Hillhouse, Rhonda was an associate at the Harvard Management Company. She joined HMC from Hall Capital Partners where she was a research analyst. Rhonda earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School and received her B.A. from Columbia University.

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Prospect Advisors

Rhonda Shafei

Director

Sophie Forest

As an investment officer at the Bush Foundation, Sophie Forest works alongside the finance team to ensure the Foundation's resources are thoughtfully and effectively managed. Sophie joined the Bush Foundation in 2023 and has a passion for impact investing — helping investors connect their mission and values to their investments. Sophie most recently served as assistant director of investments at Upstart Co-Lab, where she helped connect impact investing to the vibrant creative economy. Prior to that role, she was at Cambridge Associates on the Sustainable and Impact Investing team. She's also held roles at high-net-worth wealth management firms and with an impact-focused nonprofit. Sophie graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance from McGill University and has passed all three levels of the CFA® exams. Sophie is a Canadian who grew up and spent most of her adult life in New England. In her free time, she is busy exploring everything the Twin Cities has to offer, spending time with her dog and listening to podcasts.

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The Bush Foundation

Sophie Forest

Investment Officer

Ben Gallacher

Ben Gallacher is a Founding Partner at Blue Deer Capital Partners, an Exempt Market Dealer headquartered in Toronto that provides advisory services to mission-driven entrepreneurs. He is also co-founder and Executive Chairman at Voxel AI. Ben is the Venture Capital and Private Equity Advisor, at Cannonball Capital, a Canadian Family Office. He serves as a Director at Orthogonal and Panaxium and is a Board Observer at Butler Hospitality.

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Cannonball Capital

Ben Gallacher

Private Equity Advisor

Hunter Somerville

Mr. Somerville is a member of the private equity team, focusing on venture capital and growth equity investments. Prior to StepStone, Mr. Somerville was a general partner with Greenspring Associates, a venture capital and growth equity investment firm that merged with StepStone in 2021. Before that, he worked as an associate for Camden Private Capital. Mr. Somerville received his MBA at the Robert H. Smith School of Business with a concentration in finance and strategy. He completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in International relations and a minor in history.

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StepStone Group

Hunter Somerville

Partner

Josh Porter

Josh is the co-founder of FirstLook Partners, focused on investing in emerging venture managers and direct software investments. Prior to FirstLook, he managed the venture capital group at Reimagined Ventures, a large family office investment fund. He’s a 2x Chief Operating Officer at NoCap Live, a livestreaming video platform, and Northern Data, a publicly traded blockchain/HPC business. He began his career as an Analyst at Goldman Sachs and later at Point72. He holds a BS in Economics from The College of the Holy Cross and an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School.

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FirstLook Partners

Josh Porter

Co-Founder & General Partner

Apurva Mehta

Apurva Mehta is Managing Partner of Summit Peak Investments, a firm he co-founded in 2018. Summit Peak focuses on early-stage investing backing Pre-Seed/Seed funds predominantly in the United States. In addition to investments in Funds, Summit Peak leverages their GP relationships and is active co-invest/direct investor at the early-growth stage. Prior to starting Summit Peak, Apurva managed Endowment/Foundation capital at the Juilliard School and Cook Children’s Health Care System from 2008 onwards and was responsible for spearheading the Venture Capital program while at Cook Children’s.

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Summit Peak Investments

Apurva Mehta

Managing Partner

24 Members

Permanent Board

Youngrok Kim

Youngrok Kim is a Partner at GREE LP Fund, a Fund of Funds operating in the US and Japan. Previously, he held the position of SVP at Recruit Strategic Partner, the strategic investment arm of Recruit Holdings, a major internet company in Japan. Youngrok began his career as an engineer at Goldman Sachs before transitioning to a VC career at ARCH Venture Partners in Chicago. He earned an MBA from the University of Chicago and received his degrees in Information Technology from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.

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GREE LP Fund

Youngrok Kim

Partner

Laura Callanan

Laura Callanan, Founding Partner, Upstart Co-Lab was senior deputy chair of the National Endowment for the Arts before launching Upstart Co-Lab in 2016. Previously Laura was a leader in McKinsey & Company’s Social Innovation Practice; executive director of the Prospect Hill Foundation; and an associate director of the Rockefeller Foundation where, in addition to responsibilities managing the $3 billion endowment, she co-led impact investing – including two investments in the creative economy with Smithsonian Folkways Records and netomat. Laura has been visiting fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; scholar in residence at UC-Berkeley/Haas School of Business, visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome, and recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship. She is a board member and immediate past chair of the GlobalGiving Foundation; a board member of Upriver Studios, a public benefit LLC; and a member of the Global Creative Economy Council supported by the British Council.

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Upstart Co-Lab

Laura Callanan

Founding Partner

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

Christina Kramlich

Christina is a financial advisor and CFP® / CAP® professional with extensive institutional and personal finance experience at large firms and startups in client-facing, operational and business development roles. Prior to Chicory Wealth, she was Senior Director at SoFi (Social Finance, Inc.) in 2012. She helped the firm raise its initial loan funds, headed up the first investor relations efforts and created several business development alliances. Before SoFi, she worked at several startups and financial services firms, including Montgomery Securities, NextCard, and Moodlogic.

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Chicory Wealth

Christina Kramlich

Advisor

Amanda Hill

Amanda Hill focuses within the Walton Investment Team on execution and monitoring of direct and fund investments. Prior to Walton Enterprises, Amanda served as Manager within the Deals practice at Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Sydney, Australia, where she performed commercial and financial due diligence on companies on behalf of commercial and government clients. During her time in Sydney, Amanda was also a Guest Lecturer at Macquarie University, and a Senior Consultant to Scale Investors—an angel investor network focused on women entrepreneurs. Amanda earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business, with concentrations in Accounting, Operations Management, and International Business.

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Walton Enterprises

Amanda Hill

Investment Director

Lisa Cawley

Lisa Cawley is the Managing Director of Screendoor, a platform of leading early stage VC investors and institutional LP’s. She and her team believe there is tremendous opportunity in backing underrepresented emerging managers. Previously, Lisa worked with a private multi-billion-dollar global investment firm, and started her career at Ernst & Young, where she served on private equity, VC, and public CPG clients. From Loyola University Maryland, Lisa earned an MBA and an MSF, as well as a BBA in Accounting with a double minor in Information Systems and Spanish. Lisa is a CFA Charterholder and holds a CPA from the State of Maryland.

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Screendoor

Lisa Cawley

Managing Director

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

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

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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UTIMCO

Susan Spears

Associate Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Inatai Foundation

Charlotte Zhang

Director

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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