Board of Directors

Andy Parker

Chief Investment Officer, Bombora Investment Partners

Eric Felder

Senior Managing Director, Citadel

Peter Ezersky

Managing Director, Rhône Group LLC

Scott Krase

Portfolio Manager and Senior Partner, Oak Hill Advisors

Sy Jacobs (Chairman)

Founding and Managing Partner, Jacobs Asset Management

Board & Advisors

The Advisory Board is composed of prominent business leaders and entrepreneurs who have leant their support and guidance to the organization in a significant capacity.
The Executive Board is made up of business leaders from top financial services, consulting, law and media firms. Executive Board members support VFA in an official capacity by making introductions, mentoring, and advancing VFA’s mission
The Investor Board is made up of Venture Capital and Private Equity professionals from leading firms, as well as angel investors supporting innovative startups. Investor Board members support VFA in an official capacity by making introductions, mentoring, and advancing VFA’s mission.
The Entrepreneur Board is made up of founders and CEOs from high-growth around the country. Entrepreneur Board members support VFA in an official capacity by making introductions, mentoring, and advancing VFA’s mission.
The Baltimore Advisory Board is composed of prominent members of the Baltimore community in a variety of sectors. Baltimore Advisory Board members support VFA in an official capacity by helping to fund our work in Baltimore, make introductions to the community, mentor Fellows, and advance VFA's mission.
The Providence Advisory Board is composed of prominent members of the Providence community in a variety of sectors. Providence Advisory Board members support VFA in an official capacity by helping to fund our work in Providence, make introductions to the community, mentor Fellows, and advance VFA's mission.

Abhas Gupta

Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson

Co-founder & CEO, Glamsquad and Co-founder & Head of Strategic Alliances, Gilt

Alison Lindland

Senior Account Director, Movable Ink

Andrew Parker

Principal, Spark Capital

Andy Sack

Executive Director, Techstars Seattle

Andy Weissman

Partner, Union Square Ventures

Anne Hubert

Senior Vice President, Viacom Media Networks

Anu Duggal

Co-founder, Exclusively.In

Apar Kothari

VP & Head of New Business Development & Strategic Partnerships, Rue La La

Ayesha Kiani

Head of Growth, Overlap

Barrett Bready

President & CEO, NABsys

Bhikhaji Maneckji

Blair Miller

Vice President, MDG Health Alliance

Brandon Pollak

Director of Global Affairs, 1776

Braxton Goodrich

Managing Director, Timberline Investments

Brent McCrossen

CEO, Audiosocket

Brian Balasia

Founder & President, Digerati

Cariann Chan

Director of Business Operations and Business Development, D. E. Shaw Research

Cecilia Pagkalinawan

CEO and Co-Founder, Styletrek

Chan Suh

CEO, Broome Crosby Ltd.

Charles Kemper

Managing Director, Revel Partners

Chieh Huang

CEO, Boxed

Chip Hazard

General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners

Chris Paik

Partner, Thrive Capital

Chris Schultz

Co-Founder, Launch Pad

Christian Anthony

Co-founder & Co-CEO, Listenfirst

Christopher Leidigh

co-founder, Alektrona

Christopher Reade

Founder, Carrollton Technology Partners

Christopher Sealey

Chief Operating Officer, Institute for New Economic Thinking

Dan Kelley

Vice President, Global Executive Recruitment, American Express

Dan Rosenthal

Co-Founding Member, Valinor Management

Danielle Chang


Darren Jer

Co-founder & COO, MarketFactory

Dave Maestri

co-founder, Metamoki, Inc.

David Gilboa

Founder, Warby Parker

David Kidder

Co-Founder and CEO, Bionic

David Lee

Managing Member, SV Angel

David Lelong

founder & principal, Accelerated Online

David Tisch

Managing Director, TechStars New York City

Doug Ulman


Elizabeth Hamburg

Founder & President, Upstart Ventures

Elizabeth Smyth

Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures

Eric Bahn

Founder, Hustle Con

Eric Schwamberger

Partner & Chief Content Officer, Tenthwave

Gary Chou

Founder, Orbital

Gary Horowitz

Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Gary Klein

Founder & CEO of G Klein & Associates

George Baker

President, VCharge

Greg Ho

President, Chief Operating Officer, and Co-Founder, Spring Mountain Capital, LP

Guillermo Silberman

Vice President, W.P. Carey

Jack Welde

Founder and CEO, Smartling

Jamie McDonald

Founder, Generosity Inc.

Jared Weinstein

Co-Founder, Breakthrough Birmingham & Partner, Thrive Capital

Jason Rosenthal

Executive Vice President of Products at Glam Media and General Manager of Ning

Jason Van Itallie

Managing Director, Barclays

Jay Adya

Executive, Evolution Media Capital

Jeff Weiner

CEO, LinkedIn

Jeffrey Zurofsky

President & CEO, 'wichcraft

Jennifer Medbery

Founder and CEO, Kickboard

Jeremy Shinewald

Founder and President, mbaMission

Jerry Paffendorf

Co-Founder, LOVELAND

Jessica Millar

Founder and Chief Technology Officer, VCharge

John Cammack

Founder and Managing Partner, Cammack Associates LLC

John Delbridge

Co-Founder and CEO,

Jonathan Cropper

Founder, Futurlogic

Jonathan Teo

Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners

Jonathon Triest

Managing Partner, Ludlow Ventures

Josh Kopelman

Partner, First Round Capital

Josh Linkner

CEO and Managing Partner, Detroit Venture Partners

Josh London

Chief Marketing Officer, International Data Group

Katherine Farley

Senior Managing Director, Tishman Speyer

Kathy Bendheim

Consultant, Impact for Education

Kelly Keenan Trumpbour

Founder, See Jane Invest

Kerry Kellogg

Business Development Director, RSE Ventures


Philanthropist & Consultant

Kimberly Warren

Board President, Friends of Great Kids Farm

Kris Brown

Partner, Dechert LLP

Manu Capoor

Founder & CEO, MMF Systems

Mark Davis

Founder, Interplay Ventures

Mark Jacobstein

Vice President of Product Management, Qualcomm iSkoot

Martin Keen

Co-Founder and CEO, Focal Upright Furniture

Mary Park

Principal, Level9 Advisors

Mathew Farkash

Founding Partner, Blueprint Health

Matt Cohen

Principal, City Light Capital

Matt Singer

Co-founder, TalkMarket

Matt Wisdom

Co-founder, TurboSquid

Max Winograd

President and Co-Founder, NuLabel Technologies, Inc.

Medha Vedaprakash

Principal, Rho Ventures

Meg Wirth

Founder, Maternova

Melissa Withers

Managing Director, Betaspring

Michael Borofsky

Senior Vice President, MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc.

Michael Lefenfeld

President and CEO, SiGNa Chemistry

Mike Katz

Vice President, Battery Ventures

Myra Norton

President and COO, Pegged Software

Patrick Comer

Founder & CEO, Federated Sample

Pete Borum

Co-founder & CEO, Reelio

Peter Stuart

Managing Partner, Oak Tree Development

Prabhdeep Singh

Head, GLG Labs

Preeti Sriratana


Rachael Chong

Founder & CEO, Catchafire

Randy Brandoff

Founder, Eleven James

Rebecca Kaden

Partner, Maveron

Robert Hatta

Talent Partner, Drive Capital

Robin Chan

Roger Lee

Co-founder, PaperG

Ross Hinkle

Founder & Chief Fan, Liveset

Rufus Griscom

Co-founder, Babble Media

Sachi Blue-Smith

Venture Development, Index Ventures

Samer Hamadeh

Founder and CEO,

Sanjay Kalavar

Partner, McKinsey & Company

Sarah Kunst

Partner, Fortis Partners

Shegun Otulana

CEO, Theranest

Sherman Hu

Enterprise Sales, Investor, Advisor

Steve Schlafman

Principal, Lerer Ventures

Stuart Schultz

Co-founder, BeautyRx Skincare

Thibault Manekin

Co-Founder and Partner, Seawall Development

Tina Imm

General Manager, Time Inc.

Tom Bendheim

Founder and CEO, b7 Properties

Tom Ryan

CEO, Threadless

Tony Summerville

Founder and CEO, Fleetio

Vinit Bharara

Co-founder, Quidsi

Walker Williams

Co-founder and CEO, Teespring

Warfield Price

Executive Director in the Restructuring Group, JP Morgan’s Investment Bank

Will Hauser

Co-founder, Two Degrees

Will Wright

Founder and CEO, Pack Health

William White

Managing Director in the Healthcare Investment Banking Group, Citigroup

Zak Pashak

Founder, Detroit Bikes

Zeev Klein

General Partner and Co-Founder, Landmark Ventures

Zeke Vanderhoek

Founder and Principal, The Equity Project Charter School

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