Our dc team

Advisory Council

 
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Natalie Buford-Young

Senior BD Executive at Deloitte

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  Alicia   Fuller

Director at Silicon Valley Bank

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Zachary Giegel

Partner at GSP Financial Services

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Shana Glenzer

CMO at CrowdScout

 
 
 
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Jonathon Perrelli

Founder at LifeFuels & Fortify Ventures

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  Celia   Karam

SVP, Head of Small Business Capital One  

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Tiffany Thacker

Director of Technology & Entrepreneurship WDCEP

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Amelia Friedman

Co-Founder, Hatch

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Lisa Throck-morton

COO, Speaker Box

 

Venture Commitee

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  • Jenny Abramson, Rethink Impact and WE Capital
  • Arjun Aggarwal, NEA
  • Patience Ball, Golden Seeds
  • Lisa Cuesta, NextGen Venture Partners
  • Elana Fine +  Liz Sara, Dingman Angels
  • Cheryl Foil, Kiddar Capital
  • Anna Mason, Revolution
  • Sam Cates, GE Ventures
  • Maggie Muraca + Rob Runnett, The Motley Fool
  • Penny Lee, K Street Capital
  • Meredith Persico, Baltimore Angels
  • Alex Pessala, Middleland Capital
  • Parag Sheth, Maryland Venture Fund
  • Julia Taxin, Grotech Ventures
  • Mourad Yesayan + Margaret Hendren, Paladin Capital
  • Roselle Safran, Antecedent Ventures

 


Leadership Team

 
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Anna Mason, DC Co-Director

Anna is the Director of Investments, Rise of the Rest at Revolution. Rise of the Rest is a nationwide effort to work closely with entrepreneurs in emerging startup ecosystems. Previously, Anna was a co-founder of BurnThis, a mobile marketing platform and consumer social network focused in the health and wellness space. The BurnThis app was featured by Apple as the top tracking app in health and wellness in September 2015 and was acquired by Beachbody LLC in December 2015.  Prior to co-founding BurnThis, Anna spent 8 years on Wall Street as a Distressed Bond & Private Equity Trader.  Anna received her BA from Harvard College in 2006 and her MBA from NYU Stern School of Business in 2013.  Anna is also a certified health coach and a published author.  Her first novel, They All Fall Down, was published in September 2015.

 
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Rebecca Yarbrough, DC Co-Director

Rebecca is the Founder and President of the Offline Society, a platform for tech-enabled social events that operates out of the 1776 startup incubator. Previously, she worked on business development and strategy at Astrum Solar, a renewable energy startup acquired for $54 million in 2014 and then worked at Direct Energy in corporate strategy. Rebecca graduated from Kenyon College in 2009 and has received recognition for her volunteer contributions as an alumna.


Volunteers

 
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Azzurra Pearson

 

Lori Leadingham

Our Founding Advisors

 

We want to give a special thank you to our founding advisors: Shana Glenzer, Tiffany Thacker, and Lisa Throckmorton.
The Vinetta Project's DC programs would not exist without the early championship and guidance of these three powerhouse women. Thank you.