The Venture Fellow Program is managed by Alumni Ventures Group, a company that builds and manages alumni venture capital funds. To learn more about AVG and our funds, click here to visit our company website. Scroll down to read the profiles of our Team and Venture Fellows.
AVG CMO & Founder of the Venture Fellow Program
My career started with a few years of private equity strategy and diligence consulting before I got the itch to build companies with great people. Since then, I have spent time taking a bootstrapped company from zero to exit, running point on a major post-acquisition integration where our business went from eight to 80 employees in a year, starting an angel-backed online ticketing company, and scaling a venture-backed HR-tech and analytics company.
Throughout these experiences, I have worn every hat, had full P&L ownership, and primarily focused on operations, marketing, and customer engagement.
At Launch Angels, we offer the smartest and simplest way for individuals to invest in the venture capital asset class. We achieve this by building and managing a family of venture funds for alumni of different schools across the country.
My job as CMO is to build communities of alumni at our schools and to oversee fundraising for all funds that we manage. I also am the Founder of the Launch Angels Fellow Program.
Director of the Venture Fellow Program
I began my career in Corporate Strategy at a management consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. I played a variety of roles in that position, but the most transformative experience was leading the acquisition of a SaaS gov-tech startup. From this experience, I knew that I wanted to work in VC.
In January 2016, I moved to San Francisco and took Hooch, a cocktail society & marketing app, from zero to launch in the Bay Area. At the same time, I became a Fellow for Blue Ivy Ventures and worked with Luke to build the first iteration of the Venture Fellow Program.
In November 2016, I was promoted to Director of the Venture Fellow Program. Since then, we have scaled the program from 8 fellows to over 35, launched five new funds, and increased our assets under management by 10x. Most importantly, we have continued to expand the opportunities provided to our Fellows.
Christopher Aluce, Community Engagement Fellow
Christopher (UW'12) is a member of the Bascom Ventures Fellow program. He currently works as an Investment Analyst for Briar Hall, a single family office located in Chicago, Illinois. At Briar Hall, he performs due diligence on private equity and venture capital investment opportunities. Previously, he was a Research Analyst with DiMeo Schneider & Associates focused on due diligence within the emerging and international debt & equity spaces and private markets. Christopher holds an MBA with a concentration in finance from the Marquette Graduate School of Management and undergraduate degrees in economics, and political science from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Keaton Nankivil, Community Engagement Fellow
Keaton (UW ‘17) is a member of the Bascom Ventures Fellow program. He recently returned to Wisconsin after a five-year career playing professional basketball around Europe. He has international experience after spending years living in Germany, Spain, Latvia, and Italy.
He originally attended UW-Madison from 2007-11 and returned in 2017 to complete his degree in Kinesiology.
Prakash Rao, Community Engagement Fellow
Prakash (UW'06) is a member of the Bascom Ventures Fellow program. He is currently Senior Global Product Manager in the Patient Care and Monitoring Solutions business unit at Philips, where he is responsible for driving product strategy and global commercialization of clinical analytics and clinical decision support solutions for critical care. Before Philips, Prakash held marketing and R&D positions at Neuronetics, Inc., Boston Scientific, GE Healthcare, and St. Jude Medical.
Prakash received his MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and his BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.
Alexandra Suprise, Community Engagement Fellow
Alex (UW'12) is a member of the Bascom Ventures Fellow program. She currently serves as in-house legal counsel at Markable, an AI company using computer vision to identify fashion products in photos and videos. Previously, Alex worked at a prominent Midwest law firm, helping clients identify strategic opportunities to grow their business. During the 2016 election cycle, she served as a campaign finance attorney at a political consulting firm, assisting with a presidential campaign and three successful Congressional campaigns.
Alex received her BA from Wisconsin with majors in Journalism and Classics and a minor in European Studies, and her JD from Marquette.
Blue Ivy Ventures
Alex Esparza, Community Engagement Fellow
Alex (MBA'16) is a member of the Blue Ivy Ventures Fellow program. Most recently, she was an investment analyst and trader at Pearl Brook Capital, a globally focused long/short hedge fund. She has spent 6 years on the US equities desk at Oppenheimer & Co. in sales and trading, and also held positions in private equity and investment banking. She was a finalist in the 2016 Ira Sohn Conference stock-picking competition and serves as the Chairman of the advisory board for the Kupona Foundation. Additionally, she was a member of the New Leaders Council fellowship class of 2017. Alex holds a BA in Humanities from Stanford University, and an MBA with a focus on Asset Management from the Yale School of Management.
Sarah Guzick, Venture Fellow
Sarah (YC'13) currently works at SolarCity, where she most recently led the financial analysis of the company's largest private sector deal in the last year, a portfolio of 17 megawatts spanning 100 acres for a leading e-commerce company. Previously, as head researcher for the CEO of Eurasia Group, Sarah built energy market investment risk models for top executives of Fortune 100 companies including GE, Exxon, and Google. Before Eurasia Group, she analyzed energy legislation for Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives. Sarah holds a BA with Distinction in Political Science from Yale.
Javaughn Lawrence, Community Engagement Fellow
Javaughn (YC'14) works in Sales Strategy and Operations at Linkedin, providing data-driven insights and process improvements to senior sales leaders. Previously, he was an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company, where he worked on strategic projects for Fortune 500 clients. Prior to Bain, Javaughn was a venture fellow at Rokk3r Labs, where he performed due diligence and provided support to portfolio companies in the Big Data, IoT, and Computer Vision sectors. He also co-founded thevinelist.com, an e-commerce website.
Sherry Li, Venture Fellow
Sherry (YC'17) is currently a senior at Yale College, pursuing a BA in Economics and a certificate in Energy Studies. Last summer, she interned in the finance department at Sungevity, a solar company based in Oakland, CA. There she experienced firsthand their announcement to go public through a reverse merger. At Yale, Sherry has worked at the Office of Sustainability and is a member of the Varsity Women's Tennis Team.
Casey Street, Venture Fellow
Casey (YC ’06) currently works as the Chief of Staff to a Mississippi congressman serving on the House Appropriations Committee and Majority Whip team. Previously, Casey has held various positions on Capitol Hill, including as a professional staff member for the House Veterans Affairs Committee and legislative aide to a senior member of the House Armed Services and Intelligence Committees. Casey holds an MBA from Mississippi State University and a master’s degree from the U.S. Naval War College. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College.
Yang Zhang, Venture Fellow
Yang (YSPH'17) is currently an MPH candidate at Yale School of Public Health and an investment manager at AngelsGlobal, a cross-border f
Shang Chou, Community Engagement Felllow
Shang has a background in private equity, investment banking, fixed income, and hedge funds. Previously, Shang was on the healthcare deal team at Pritzker Group Private Capital, where he evaluated acquisitions of middle-market healthcare companies. Prior to that, he was a member of the Investment Banking Department at Credit Suisse as well as the Institutional Corporate Practice at PIMCO. He began his career with Firefly Value Partners, a hedge fund in Midtown Manhattan. Shang earned a BS from MIT and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Rowland Graus, Venture Fellow
Rowland works as a lead product manager for Madaket Health, a healthcare technology startup based in Cambridge, MA. He was previously an Associate at Dean & Company Strategy Consultants, leading business due diligence teams for private equity clients, and a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton focused on DoD IT projects. Rowland holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, where he specialized in technological entrepreneurship, and a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia.
Austin Hays, Venture Fellow
Austin works for the Strategic Innovation Group at Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, DC. in the commercial and government sectors, providing guidance to streamline internal operations and improve infrastructure security. His junior year, he worked for a mobile payment startup in an accelerator at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. Previously he was involved in various research efforts at MIT, helping build machine learning software in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Sciences and publishing a paper about metal-poor stars at the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. Austin holds a BS in Mathematics with Computer Science from MIT.
Esha Sahai, Venture Fellow
Esha has over 10 years of experience in the high tech industry. She works in Corp. Development, Strategy, and Business Development at Microsoft focusing on inorganic growth spanning acquisitions, investments, and partnerships. Her previous experience includes stints at Oracle Corp., edX, big data & IoT startups, and startup accelerators. Esha holds a graduate degree in Management from MIT and graduate and undergraduate degrees in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Sharanya Srinivasan, Community Engagement Fellow
Sharanya currently works at Biogen, developing the translational capabilities of genome editing platforms to treat rare neuromuscular diseases. Previously, she worked as a researcher at Harvard Medical School & MIT CSAIL, building high-throughput technologies for applications in genomics and transcriptomics, and published 4 papers in collaboration with her team. At MIT, Sharanya was engaged in building drug delivery systems in the Department of Chemical
Chestnut Street Ventures
John Braze, Venture Fellow
John has extensive experience in the strategic growth and new market entry of innovative medical technology, working with multiple early-stage companies in the US and Europe. John's investment interests include technology that increases access to, and lowers the cost of healthcare and education. John is active in his community, a board member of two non-profits, and advisor to social entrepreneurs. He earned an MBA from Wharton, majoring in Finance and Entrepreneurship.
Daniel Fetner, Venture Fellow
Daniel (WG '18) is an MBA at Wharton, pursuing majors in Finance & Entrepreneurial Management. Previously, Daniel spent the summer at Third Kind Venture Capital, an early-stage VC firm in NYC. He also spent 6 years at J.P. Morgan. On campus, Daniel is a member of the Selection Committee for the Penn Wharton Innovation Fund, and is a VP of Sourcing for the InSITE Fellow Philadelphia Chapter.
Antina Lee, Venture Fellow
Antina is a member of the Chestnut Street Ventures Fellow program. She is currently a business development professional at Procter and Gamble, loves being involved with startups, and is passionate about bringing innovations to market. Antina is currently pursuing MBA/MPA joint degrees at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and the Harvard Kennedy School.
Peter MacEwan, Venture Fellow
Peter (WG’17) is a social impact leader and entrepreneur. With deep experience in education and non-profit program management, he serves as Associate Director for the Making Waves Foundation. His work focuses both on executing long-term strategic growth and implementing day-to-day operational efficiencies. Peter is passionate about integrating technology solutions to drive productivity and improve business process controls. Peter holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from The Wharton School, completing majors in both finance and management.
Emily Sun, Community Engagement Fellow
Emily (WG ’16) is the Venture Engagement Manager for Enverest, an investment/M&A advisory firm based in Silicon Valley focusing on US, China and APAC business development. She has extensive global experience in the techn semiconductor sector with AMD, Spansion, and Cypress, specializing in corporate finance and operations, business process improvement, M&A integration, and systems implementation. Emily holds an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Wharton and is a CFA Level II Candidate.
The Farm Ventures
Alex Klein, Community Engagement Fellow
Alex currently works as the Head of Audience
Catherine Lu, Community Engagement Fellow
Catherine is the first product manager at machine learning startup DataVisor, where she delivers products that protect the world's largest online services from spam and fraud. Prior to DataVisor, she led new product efforts for Palantir’s commercial business and co-founded the retail analytics company Fancy That (acquired by Palantir). While at Stanford, she built an online platform that was used by thousands of students and instructors to streamline homework submissions and grading. Catherine graduated from Stanford University with a BS and MS in Computer Science, focusing on artificial intelligence.
Green D Ventures
Abdul-Ghalib Agboola, Venture Fellow
Abdul (D'19) is studying Applied Mathematics at Dartmouth. In the past, Abdul has worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in their Information Systems division and at Deloitte in their Innovation Lab. This summer, Abdul will be interning at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking Division.
Charlie Mosey, Venture Fellow
Charlie (D '15) began working for Green D Ventures during his senior spring at Dartmouth. He currently plays professional hockey for the Elmira Jackals in the East Coast Hockey League and resides in Minneapolis during the summer. Charlie holds a BA in Economics from Dartmouth.
Chris Parker, Venture Fellow
Chris (D’11) has been involved with Green D Ventures since 2015. Currently, he is an Investment Analyst at Trusted Insight—a fund-of-funds investing in next generation VC structures and models. Previously he worked in Corporate Development and Operational roles at Endgame, a cybersecurity startup in Washington, DC. He currently serves as his class representative on the Alumni Council.
Karam Sandhu, Venture Fellow
Karam (DC ’19) is pursuing his BA in Economics at Dartmouth. He spent last summer as an intern for Green D Ventures conducting market research for potential startups. Previously, he completed the Winter 2016 Tuck Business Bridge Program. Karam is a member of the Dartmouth Ski Patrol, the Dartmouth Investment and Philanthropy Program, and the Minorities in Business Club.
Purple Arch Ventures
CJ Bacher, Community Engagement Fellow
CJ (NU'08) is a member of the Purple Arch Ventures Fellow program. He is the Founder/CEO of a digital sports media company and was previously a Business Development Manager for a Chicago-based IT consulting firm. CJ has a Bachelor's and Master's degree from Northwestern University where he was a captain on the Northwestern football team.
Sara Howland, Community Engagement Fellow
Sara currently works for Northwestern Medicine where she is in an internal consulting role. Prior to that, she worked for Huron Consulting Group in their healthcare practice. She is currently pursuing an MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She has both an MA and BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois.
Matt Weil, Community Engagement Fellow
Strawberry Creek Ventures
Rubi Sanchez, Community Engagement Fellow
Rubi Sanchez is passionate about creating amazing end user experiences for machine learning related technology products that make a real impact in today's world. She currently works at Atipica, an HR talent discovery engine for businesses. Before joining Atipica, she was the co-founder of Cocoon Cam, a computer vision company that went from concept to presenting to President Obama at the White House, to selling hardware product in a year. She is a UC Berkeley graduate with a background in product, strategy, and operations.
Lydia Wei, Community Engagement Fellow
Lydia is currently a Product Manager in the New York City startup scene, managing full stack IoT technology solutions and specializing in product strategies. Previously, Lydia was a Technical Program Manager at Cisco, where she managed new cloud-based technology product development. She has a diverse technical background ranging from IoT, renewable energy to the mobile consumer electronics sector. Lydia holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley.
The Yard Ventures
Zach Chandis, Venture Fellow
Zach is CEO and Founder of GetBeen, a mobile iOS application focused on friends' recommendations for places locally and worldwide. Prior to that, he spent 11 years in the financial industry, where he was actively engaged in private equity, credit investing, M&A, restructuring, and valuation. He also worked in the underwriting and asset management groups of Goldman Sachs Specialty Lending. Zach holds a BA from Harvard University.
Haley Daiber, Venture Fellow
Haley (MBA'18) is a Vice Chair of the Impact Investing Interest Group, a participant in the MBA Impact Investing Network and Training (MIINT) Program in connection with Bridges Ventures, and an active member of the Entrepreneurship and VCPE Clubs. Prior to business school, she co-founded a mobile app startup, Forget-me-not, while working full-time at Ernst & Young (EY). As a Senior Associate at EY, Haley led the financial statement audits of key public technology companies in the Austin, Texas area. Haley holds a MPA and BBA in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin.
Ashleigh Hinde, Venture Fellow
Ashleigh is completing a graduate Masters degree at Harvard. Prior to Harvard, she led the integration of a multinational acquisition in the UK. She has more than six years of FMCG and Retail strategy experience gained in South Africa, Switzerland, and the UK; as well as part-time consulting experience for UK tech startups. Ashleigh also acts as a volunteer for Grow Movement, a non-profit providing support and unlocking the potential of entrepreneurs in Africa to grow their business.
Alonso Lucero, Venture Fellow
Alonso is a first-year MBA student at Harvard Business School. Prior to starting his MBA, he worked as a Summer Associate for Kapor Capital, a VC firm focusing on seed and early-stage startups whose success in business generates positive social impact. Alonso has over five years of strategy consulting experience working for Monitor Deloitte and Opera Solutions, covering clients located in North America, Latin America, and Asia. He holds a Masters of Engineering in Operations Research & Information Engineering, and a BA in Mathematics, both from Cornell University.
Paul Odefey, Venture Fellow
Paul (MBA’18) gained experience in growth equity investing at General Atlantic, prior to business school. At General Atlantic he worked on the investment in FlixBus, Europe’s leading tech-enabled bus company, and spent most of his time in the internet & tech sector. Paul joined General Atlantic from McKinsey & Company. He holds a BA in Economics and a BA in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Suniti Sundaram, Venture Fellow
Suniti is pursuing her MBA at Harvard Business School and has experience in the digital health and medical devices industries. Most recently, she worked as a product manager at Abbott Diabetes Care, helping with the launch of FreeStyle Libre Pro. Previously, Suniti was a data analyst at Practice Fusion (a cloud-based electronic medical record system) and an analyst at Goldman Sachs within the Leveraged Finance group (covering Healthcare and Financial Institutions). Suniti earned her BS in Applied Mathematics and Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Zayan Faiyad, Venture Fellow
Zayan (HC’18) is a junior concentrating in Economics with a secondary in Psychology. At Harvard, she works on translating social enterprise models to education and as a Social Enterprise Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership. Zayan is the co-founder and CEO of ThinkersWeb Foundation, a Bangladesh-based incubator program serving young aspiring entrepreneurs from under-served communities.