Calling Out The Names: 45 Black Women In Venture Capital, ‘We Are Here And The Numbers Are Growing’

Sydney Thomas
Written by Sydney Thomas

When I first arrived into the venture community, my first instinct was to find my people.

As an outsider in this new, foreign space, it was important that I build a sub-community within venture in which I felt safe.

So, I started building the Women of Color in VC network with Siri Srinivas. Since our first dinner last November, I have had the privilege of getting to know so many amazing women.

However, in this post, I want to highlight the black women in venture. We are here and the numbers are growing.

It is important that we recognize, listen to and encourage these women as we look towards building an inclusive venture ecosystem.

I’m hoping this list can be particularly helpful for:

  • Startups building boards
  • VCs adding new general partners or venture partners
  • Conference organizers developing rosters of panelists and keynote speakers

I look forward to seeing these amazing women represented more in the venture capital community and growing this list exponentially in the years to come.

Investors

Miriam Rivera — Managing Partner, Ulu Ventures
Kesha Cash — Managing Partner, Impact America Fund
Lisa Lambert — Managing Partner, The Westly Group
Daphne Dufresne — Managing Partner, GenNx360 Capital Partners
Tracy Gray — Managing Partner, The 22 Capital Group
Arlan Hamilton —Managing Partner, Backstage Capital
Shauntel Poulson — General Partner, Reach Capital
Karen Kerr — Senior Managing Director, GE Ventures
Lisa Coca — Managing Director, GE Ventures
Richelle Parham — Partner, Camden Partners
Danielle Morris — Partner, Jumpstart
Monique Woodard — Venture Partner, 500 Startups
Anne Richie — Venture Partner, Jumpstart
Ulili Onovakpuri —Principal, Kapor Capital & Venture Partner, Fresco Capital
Brittany Davis — Principal, Hello Angels
Nicole Walker — Principal, Baird Capital Ventures
Gloria Ware — Principal, Jumpstart
Stefanie Thomas —Senior Associate, Impact America Fund
Megan Maloney — Associate, General Catalyst
Jillian Williams — Associate, Anthemis Group
Sydney Thomas — Associate, Precursor Ventures
Adina Tecklu — Analyst, Canaan
Sydney Sykes — Analyst, NEA
Sonya Powell — Analyst, Jumpstart
Ita Ekpoudom — EIR, Plum Alley Investments
Candice Mathews — Executive Director, Hillman Accelerator
Roxann Stafford — Director of Programs, Matter.VC
Lauren Booker Allen — Senior Manager, Omidyar Network
Kimberly Marshall — Senior Program Officer (Tech Investments), Gates Foundation
Ebony Pope — Senior Manager, Village Capital
Marilyn Waite — Senior Manager, Village Capital
Diane Henry — Angel
Lauren Bias — Angel
Kathryn Finney — Angel
Gayle Jennings O’Byrne — Angel
Lorine Pendleton — Angel
Lisa Skeete Tatum — Angel

Operators

Saydeah Howard — SVP of Talent and Venture Services, IVP
Mandela Schumacher-Hodge — Portfolio Services Director, Kapor Capital
Onyedikachi Achilike — Program Manager, Newark Venture Partners
Abyah Wynn — VP, Trimantium Capital
Timmeko Love — Business Development, Mayo Clinic Ventures
Kendall Sherman —Community Manager, Flybridge
Natanya Montgomery — Knowledge Coordinator, First Round

Did I miss someone? Please let me know! You can reach me here: sydney@precursorvc.com

Sydney Thomas is an investor and operator at Precursor Ventures, a San Francisco early stage venture firm focused on classic seed investing. Her background in partnership building has taken her in a variety of career directions including working on legislation for the City of New York, expanding a billion-dollar brand at Kimberly Clark and now as the first hire at a venture capital firm investing in companies with courageous visions. She attended University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

This article first appeared on Medium. It was reposted here with the author’s permission.

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About Sydney Thomas
Sydney Thomas is an investor and operator at Precursor Ventures, a San Francisco early stage venture firm focused on classic seed investing. Her background in partnership-building has taken her in a variety of career directions including working on legislation for the City of New York, expanding a billion-dollar brand at Kimberly Clark and now as the first hire at a venture capital firm investing in companies with courageous visions. She attended University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

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