Our dc team

Advisory Council


Natalie Buford-Young

Managing Director at Deloitte

     Alicia       Fuller

       Director at        Silicon Valley Bank

       Zach        Giegel

        Partner at             GSP Financial    Services

     Shana      Glenzer

         CMO at            Crowdskout

Dee Dee Helfenstein

SVP at Booz Allen Hamilton


Camille Alexander

Senior Director at BNY Mellon


Jonathon Perrelli

Founder at LifeFuels & Fortify Ventures

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  Celia   Karam

SVP, Head of Small Business Capital One  

Amelia Friedman

COO, Hatch Apps


Lisa Throck-morton

COO, Speaker Box


Venture Commitee

  • Katie Kiewel, 1776

  • Patience Ball, Golden Seeds

  • Lisa Cuesta, NextGen Venture Partners

  • Sara Herald + Liz Sara, Dingman Angels

  • Luisa Sucre, Revolution

  • Sam Cates, GE Ventures

  • Sarah Morgenstern, Omidyar Network

  • Chelsea Morris, Rethink Impact

  • Maggie Muraca + Rob Runnett, Motley Fool Ventures

  • Penny Lee, K Street Capital

  • Alex Pessala, Middleland Capital

  • Parag Sheth, Maryland Venture Fund

  • Julia Taxin, Grotech Ventures

  • Mourad Yesayan, Paladin Capital

  • Roselle Safran, Lytical Ventures

  • Jenny Abramson, Rethink Impact and WE Capital

Leadership Team


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.


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.




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.