Our dc team

Advisory Council


Natalie Buford-Young

Managing Director at Deloitte

     Alicia       Fuller

       Director at        Silicon Valley Bank

       Anna Mason

        Partner at             Rise of the Rest Seed Fund

     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

  • Codie Sanchez, Angel Investor

  • Phil Jung, Maryland Venture Fund

  • Patience Ball, Golden Seeds

  • Lisa Cuesta, NextGen Venture Partners

  • Sara Herald, Dingman Angels

  • Liz Sara, Dingman Angels

  • Luisa Sucre, Revolution

  • Sam Cates, GE Ventures

  • Sarah Morgenstern, Omidyar Network

  • Rashad Moore, Score3

  • Matt Gittleman, Blu Ventures

  • Allyson Redpath, Citrine Angels

  • Tommy White, New Dominion Angels

  • Chelsea Morris, Rethink Impact

  • Maggie Muraca, Motley Fool Venture

  • 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

  • Melissa Bradley, 1863 Ventures

  • Liz Whitehead, 12PointFive

  • Laura Rodriguez, Bulldog Innovation Group

  • Kristina Francis, Pipeline Angels

  • Malcolm McClain, Rethink Impact

  • Jenny Abramson, Rethink Impact and WE Capital

Leadership Team

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Kelly O’Malley,  Mid-Atlantic Regional Director

Kelly O'Malley is currently the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director at the Vinetta Project in Washington, DC, where she formerly served as City Fellow.  Prior to joining Vinetta, Kelly was a Co-Founder and COO of Shop Or Not, an SMS e-commerce platform.  Before Shop Or Not, she ran strategy at Fit Girls Guide, a fitness startup, and spent the majority of her career working as a film & television development executive in New York and Los Angeles.


Rebecca Yarbrough, DC Community Lead

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.




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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.