Impact List 2021

In recognition of International Women's Day, GV is proud to share our second annual Impact List. In doing this, we are showcasing 25 noteworthy women and non-binary people across the GV portfolio who have made tangible differences to their company's culture and success. These honorees reflect a variety of backgrounds, sectors and stages in their own career journeys. They are role models, pushing boundaries with integrity, fostering business growth, and making meaningful contributions to shape the future of their companies. Congratulations to all!

Dr. Amy Roskin
The Pill Club
Medical Director and Head of Clinical Operations

Dr. Amy Roskin

Medical Director and Head of Clinical Operations, The Pill Club

Amy is Head of Clinical Operations and Medical Director at The Pill Club, where she leads a team of nearly 100 licensed healthcare providers —including physicians, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses — who manage over 250K patient visits a year, serving hundreds of thousands of women nationwide. After graduating from Princeton University with a B.A. in Biology, she then earned her medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine, completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University-Presbyterian Hospital, and graduated with her law degree from the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law.

Career advice:

“I think Marie Curie said it so well: 'I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy.'”


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Andrea Itano, Ph.D.
Evelo Biosciences
SVP, Head of Research

Andrea Itano, Ph.D.

SVP, Head of Research , Evelo Biosciences

Dr. Andrea Itano is Senior Vice President and Head of Research at Evelo Biosciences. She leads a team of 20 scientists working at the intersection of immunology, microbiology, and pharmacology, to discover and develop medicines for autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Prior to joining Evelo, Andrea held leadership roles at GlaxoSmithKline, Amgen, Roche, and Tempero Pharmaceuticals. She received her Ph.D. in Immunology from UC Berkeley, and completed a Cancer Research Institute Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Minnesota.

Career advice:

“Some very good advice I have heard is "Be patient, all things are difficult before they become easy." This is especially true in the biotech industry, where taking innovative approaches means that there is no well-trodden path to success, and you will have to blaze your own trail. So while you have to act with appropriate urgency, at the same time, realize that you will need the strength and resilience to see important things through to their fruition.”


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Anjali Shastri, Ph.D.
23andMe
Senior Program Manager

Anjali Shastri, Ph.D.

Senior Program Manager, 23andMe

Anjali Shastri has over ten years of experience advancing biomedical research programs and policy. At 23andMe, Anjali manages programs aimed at furthering genetics research, improving the diversity of genomics studies, enhancing 23andMe’s health- and wellness-related products and services, and strengthening the company’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. Most recently she managed 23andMe's COVID-19 research study. With Anjali’s efforts, in just two months 23andMe released results suggesting that O blood type was protective against COVID-19. Within four months, the study had over one million participants, including thousands who tested positive for or were diagnosed with COVID-19.

Career advice:

“Don't pass up an opportunity because it isn't what you envisioned at face value (for instance, the title isn't what you'd hoped for). If it provides you the opportunity to grow, do work you enjoy, and make an impact — it's worth giving it a chance!”


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Anne-Marie "Punky" Witt
Synack
Sr. Director, Product Marketing

Anne-Marie "Punky" Witt

Sr. Director, Product Marketing, Synack

As Synack’s Head of Product Marketing, Anne-Marie has built a new market category for on-demand cybersecurity that helps global enterprises gain an offensive edge in their security defenses. In her role, Anne-Marie worked with the Department of Defense to stand up the landmark Hack the Pentagon program, and launched Synack’s Secure the Election initiative to help states and election systems vendors shore up their defenses. She is also a proud sponsor of Synack’s Courageous Women in Security initiative. Outside of work, Anne-Marie is an advocate of smarter security, crowdsourcing, and veterans' issues; she has spoken internationally on these topics in front of audiences of leading technologists, business executives, investors, and government leadership. She holds a BA with Honors in International Relations from Stanford University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a Wharton Lauder Fellow.

Career advice:

“Challenge yourself. Jump on every opportunity to grow, build up new experience, and show yourself just how much you're capable of.”


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Anu Shultes
LendUp
Chief Executive Officer

Anu Shultes

Chief Executive Officer, LendUp

Anu Shultes is a 25-year veteran of the financial services industry with a personal mission to lift people out of poverty. She infuses her work with a passion for financial inclusion. Anu’s career spans a broad spectrum of roles across subprime credit cards, subprime loans, and prepaid cards. Her significant experience in building efficient operational processes and teams to support them has led her to become one of the few female CEOs in fintech.

Career advice:

“Be fearless. Do not let your self-worth be defined by others' points of view. Embrace the good and the bad in life because all things come to an end. Enjoy the good times while they last and remember good times are around the corner when you are going through a tough time. I only became as successful as I wanted to be once I stopped holding myself back. Speaking up and asking for what I want and sharing what I am capable of made me more successful than I ever imagined.”


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Brandi Hudson, Ph.D.
Relay Therapeutics
Scientist

Brandi Hudson, Ph.D.

Scientist, Relay Therapeutics

Brandi Hudson serves as a computational chemist and project leader for Relay Therapeutics, operating at the intersection of experimental and computational disciplines to help guide key scientific and strategic decisions for its oncology and genetic disease programs and contributing to the company’s drug discovery platform. She is passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion and serves as founder and co-chair of the company’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Group. Brandi earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry at UC Davis and completed her post-doctoral work at UC San Francisco.

Career advice:

“Don’t be afraid to ask questions or speak up – and seek out a sponsor who will advocate for you and support you in doing so.”


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Caralyn Cooley
Bowery Farming
Chief People Officer

Caralyn Cooley

Chief People Officer, Bowery Farming

Caralyn leads the people team at Bowery Farming, the Modern Farming Company on a mission to reimagine farming from the ground up. Bowery is the largest vertical farming company in the United States, serving more than 700 grocery stores and major e-commerce platforms. Caralyn and her team are focused on designing custom programs and experiences to strengthen the company's unique culture. Her previous experience spans multiple countries, company sizes, stages, and industries, including leadership roles in consumer products, e-commerce, aerospace and gaming.

Career advice:

“Get uncomfortable. Whether it's leading a big project, taking on a stretch role or relocating to a new place, when it feels risky and intimidating, that's the time to say "yes!"”


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Deena Bahri
StockX
Chief Marketing Officer

Deena Bahri

Chief Marketing Officer , StockX

Deena Bahri is StockX’s first-ever CMO. StockX is a Detroit-based technology leader focused on the large and growing online resale marketplace for sneakers, apparel, accessories, collectibles, and electronics. The platform connects buyers and sellers using the same method as the world’s stock markets – an anonymous, transparent and authentic ‘bid/ask’ marketplace. Prior to StockX, Deena served as CMO at San Francisco-based personal genomics company Helix, where she built the marketing organization from the ground up. She has also held marketing leadership positions at companies including BirchBox, Gilt Groupe, The Ladders, and Reebok. Deena holds a BA from Swarthmore and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Career advice:

“Be strong and confident, but don't confuse that with having to project perfection. I think many women feel they have to seem perfectly in control all the time. But being vulnerable, acknowledging what you don't know, and accepting help from those around you will ultimately make you smarter and stronger.”


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Dipti Borkar
Ahana
Co-founder and Chief Product Officer

Dipti Borkar

Co-founder and Chief Product Officer, Ahana

Dipti Borkar is a co-founder and CPO of Ahana, with over 15 years' experience in distributed data and database technology, including relational, NoSQL and federated systems. She is also the elected Presto Foundation Outreach Chairperson. Prior to Ahana, Dipti held VP roles at Alluxio, Kinetica and Couchbase. At Alluxio, she was Vice President of Products, and at Couchbase she held several leadership positions, including VP, Product Marketing, Head of Global Technical Sales and Head of Product Management. Earlier in her career Dipti managed development teams at IBM DB2 Distributed, where she started her career as a database software engineer. Dipti holds a M.S. in Computer Science from UC San Diego, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

Career advice:

“Don’t underestimate yourself. Women often feel they need to have ‘done it before’ to ‘do to it again.’ That’s not true. Your skills are always transferable, and so is your drive and resourcefulness. If you don’t have a chair at the table, grab one and take a seat. Don’t wait to be asked. ”


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Donna Romero, Ph.D.
ROME Therapeutics
Senior Vice President, Chemistry

Donna Romero, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President, Chemistry, ROME Therapeutics

Donna has extensive experience in drug discovery and development within the pharmaceutical industry. At ROME Therapeutics, Donna is leading the chemistry team responsible for discovering new drugs that harness the cutting-edge biology of the Repeatome for diseases in the areas of oncology and immunology. She received her B.S. from Emory University and her Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Career advice:

“Careers and life are like roller coasters, there will be ups and downs. Enjoy the ride while making your mark.”


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Ellen Rohde, Ph.D.
Verve Therapeutics
VP, Pharmacology and Toxicology

Ellen Rohde, Ph.D.

VP, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Verve Therapeutics

Ellen is leading a team of scientists to provide proof of concept and identify development candidates for Verve’s gene editing programs targeting cardiovascular disease. In this role, she built the infrastructure, team and external collaborations in support of preclinical research for therapeutics based on CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing mechanisms. Ellen has extensive experience in analytical chemistry, DMPK, toxicology and translational medicine applied to all stages of drug development. She earned her master’s degree with honors in chemistry from the University of Leipzig, Germany, and her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Cincinnati. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Mayo Clinic.

Career advice:

“Stay curious. Also, don't take 'No' for an answer.”


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Erin Frolli
HOVER, Inc.
Senior Software Engineer & D&I Committee Co-Chair

Erin Frolli

Senior Software Engineer & D&I Committee Co-Chair, HOVER, Inc.

Fro is a Senior Software Engineer building the future of 3D technology at HOVER, making it easier to measure, design, and estimate home improvement projects. Fro is obsessed with tea, working to promote queer people in tech, mentorship, and uplifting others. Fro has two B.S. degrees in Mathematics and Environmental Science, Technology & Policy from CSU Monterey Bay and an M.S. degree in Land, Resources and Environmental Sciences from Montana State University.

Career advice:

“Create a log of all your projects, tasks, and accomplishments, and share those with your supervisor so that you can advocate for yourself. Give your supervisor the full picture of what you do for the company.”


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Ipsita Roymoulik, Ph.D.
SQZ Biotech
VP, CMC & Quality

Ipsita Roymoulik, Ph.D.

VP, CMC & Quality, SQZ Biotech

Ipsita drives SQZ Biotechnologies’ Chemistry Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) strategy and has established supply of cell therapy products from tissue collection to the patient in about a week with the help of her teams in analytical development, process development and quality assurance. She thoroughly enjoys the challenges of harnessing the power of platform technologies through utilization of novel methodologies to deliver urgent and cost-effective quality therapeutics. She also realized this passion during her prior tenures with Moderna’s mRNA platform and Avecia’s oligonucleotide platform. She holds a Ph.D in Chemical Biology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, a Master’s in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur and a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Presidency University in Kolkata.

Career advice:

“Do not worry about your gender, be the individual who has earned the seat at the table and the rest will follow. Keep an open mind about opportunities to find a profession that you feel passionate about. When you are passionate about what you do, you will be darn good at it, and jobs will be waiting for you. Self-inflicted burnout is a real problem when you find your passion, so push back, take breaks, switch off often and without apologies.”


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Kathy Hannun
Dandelion Energy
Co-founder and President

Kathy Hannun

Co-founder and President, Dandelion Energy

Kathy Hannun is the Co-founder and President of Dandelion Energy. Since Dandelion launched out of Alphabet's X lab in 2017, it has grown to become the largest home geothermal provider in the United States. Dandelion uses high-performance equipment and a proprietary, low-cost installation process to transition homeowners off of heating fuels to emissions-free geothermal.

Career advice:

“Being outside of your comfort zone gets easier with practice, just like everything else in life. We know if we practice running, we get faster, but it is also true that if we practice taking professional risks, we become better at seizing opportunities; if we practice public speaking, it's no longer as stressful; if we practice difficult conversations, we become better managers and leaders.”


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Kirsten Kester
Obsidian Therapeutics
Vice President, Business Development

Kirsten Kester

Vice President, Business Development, Obsidian Therapeutics

Kirsten leads Obsidian's business development and corporate strategy, including overseeing the company's new and existing partnerships and investor relations. Kirsten's career has been dedicated to the life sciences, including prior roles in strategy consulting and investment banking. She earned her MBA at Harvard Business School and her B.A. in Biology from Harvard College, where she played on the Division 1 nationally ranked ice hockey team.

Career advice:

“Take every opportunity you get to put yourself in the 'the room where it happens' so that you can absorb and learn...and soon, participate and lead. I've found this advice to be valuable throughout my education and career, particularly early on. When my dad dropped me off at college my freshman year, he advised me to "always show up for class," and the rest will largely follow. When I started my career, Sheryl Sandberg's advice to "sit at the table" similarly resonated. If you take every chance you get to join that meeting, contribute to that project (even if it's just taking notes to start!) or meet that senior leader, you'll be amazed at how quickly you learn, grow your network and open new doors.”


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Laura Lombardi, Ph.D.
Tenaya Therapeutics
Senior Scientist

Laura Lombardi, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist, Tenaya Therapeutics

Laura works with a dedicated team of scientists and clinicians at Tenaya Therapeutics to help realize gene therapy treatments for patients suffering from cardiac disease. Through examination and engineering of biological systems, she strives to limit the extent of human suffering and disease. She completed her doctoral work at UC Berkeley with Dr. Jasper Rine and postdoctoral studies with Dr. Huda Zoghbi at the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Baylor College of Medicine.

Career advice:

“Be grateful; everything is a learning experience.”


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Lindsay Grenawalt
Cockroach Labs
Chief People Officer

Lindsay Grenawalt

Chief People Officer, Cockroach Labs

Lindsay Grenawalt is the Chief People Officer at Cockroach Labs where she focuses on attracting, developing, and retaining the best possible talent. Previously, she was the Vice President of People Operations at Yext, where she served on the management team since 2013. Before Yext, she started her technology career at Google and was the founding recruiter at Google Ventures (GV). Lindsay holds a BA in Sociology and a minor in Education from the University of California, Berkeley.

Career advice:

“Don't let other people's egos limit your success.”


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Melanie Nallicheri
EQRx
Co-founder, President and Chief Operating Officer

Melanie Nallicheri

Co-founder, President and Chief Operating Officer, EQRx

Melanie Nallicheri is a healthcare and life sciences executive with nearly three decades of experience. She served as Chief Business Officer and Head, Biopharma for Foundation Medicine; Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development, McKesson Distribution Solutions and McKesson Data & Analytics; and Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at Geron Corporation. She holds an MBA with honors from Columbia Business School, and an M.S. in business and economics from WHU Otto Beisheim School of Corporate Management.

Career advice:

“People make all the difference. The career you build, the success you gain, the failures you endure will all depend on who you worked for, who you worked with, and who you developed and helped extend to a place they did not think possible. For me this singular ethic has always guided me whenever at a crossroad.”


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Niven McCall-Mazza
theSkimm
VP, News Platforms

Niven McCall-Mazza

VP, News Platforms, theSkimm

Niven is Vice President of News Platforms at theSkimm, where she oversees the Daily Skimm newsletter, website, subscription app, video, and content operations. She joined in 2017 and has helped to scale, innovate, and diversify the company's content, products, and voice. She's passionate about female empowerment and helps to advance theSkimm's mission to make it easier for a generation of women to live their smartest lives. Prior to theSkimm, she was at NBC News where she learned the essentials of journalism and ethics. She's also on the Board of Advisors for Grace Farms Foods, which uses food to foster good in the world.

Career advice:

“Don't stay in your lane. Think big, advocate for yourself, and empower others along the way. ”


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Paroma Varma
Snorkel AI
Co-founder and Head of Solutions

Paroma Varma

Co-founder and Head of Solutions, Snorkel AI

Paroma Varma is a co-founder of Snorkel AI, the data-first platform for enterprise AI. She received her B.S. from UC Berkeley, and M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University, where she was supported by the National Science Foundation and Stanford Graduate Fellowships. During her Ph.D., her research revolved around weak supervision, or using high-level knowledge in the form of noisy labeling sources to efficiently label massive datasets required to train machine learning models.

Career advice:

“Don’t be afraid to voice your opinions and stay positively curious!”


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Penny Li
SambaNova Systems
VP, Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI)

Penny Li

VP, Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI), SambaNova Systems

Penny Li is vice president of VLSI at SambaNova Systems. Penny runs a large portion of engineering and daily operations. She is responsible for chip physical designs, chip vendor and foundry interfaces, manufacturing operations, IT infrastructure and security. She has over 27 years of experiences in EDA tools and microprocessor designs. Previously, she held positions at IBM, ISS, Avanti, Raza Foundries, Afara Websystems, Sun and Oracle.

Career advice:

“Don’t worry about what you can’t do, focus on what you can do. Never give up.”


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Rachel Groth, Ph.D.
insitro
Director, Neuroscience

Rachel Groth, Ph.D.

Director, Neuroscience, insitro

Rachel leads insitro's efforts to develop transformative medicines for neurological diseases of high unmet need. Rachel joined insitro from Biogen, where she designed the strategy for building a drug discovery pipeline for the treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders. Prior to Biogen, Rachel worked at Pfizer’s Centers for Therapeutic Innovation. There, she led drug discovery project teams spanning multiple therapeutic areas and advanced a candidate into early phase clinical studies. Before joining Pfizer, Rachel was a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Richard Tsien’s lab at Stanford University in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology. Rachel received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Biology and Neuroscience from Macalester College.

Career advice:

“Feel the fear and do it anyway.”


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Samira Mafi Moghaddam
Benson Hill
Genomics Data Scientist

Samira Mafi Moghaddam

Genomics Data Scientist, Benson Hill

Samira is a purpose-driven, passionate and dedicated scientist and leader who advocates and engages tirelessly to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) believing it enables better science, better business and better people. She is committed to continuous learning in science and ethics, embracing discomfort and improving DEI with a growth mindset. As a Genomics Data Scientist at Benson Hill, her work focuses on genomic data analytics and bioinformatics to support the company’s predictive breeding and gene editing pipelines. Samira is also the co-chair of Benson Hill’s newly formed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council.

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Sophie Ruddock
Multiverse
VP, General Manager North America

Sophie Ruddock

VP, General Manager North America, Multiverse

Sophie is leading Multiverse's expansion into the United States, having joined as a founding employee in 2017. Multiverse is building an outstanding alternative to college through professional apprenticeships at world-leading companies. Previously, she formed and scaled the company's delivery and operations tenfold in three years. Before Multiverse, Sophie was an early pioneer of impact investment at Social Finance, and is passionate about social justice reform, sitting on the board of the prison non-profit Spark Inside.

Career advice:

“Speak up! There's never going to be the perfect time to say what you're thinking, but people value strategic thinking and authenticity. So make sure you create space for yourself to be visible and add your voice to the conversation. It does matter.”


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WeiQing Zhou
FogPharma and LifeMine Therapeutics
Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer

WeiQing Zhou

Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, FogPharma and LifeMine Therapeutics

WeiQing is an entrepreneur and passionate company-builder. She cofounded two biotech companies, LifeMine Therapeutics and Fog Pharmaceuticals, with the goal to transform the way drugs are discovered by inventing fundamentally new drug modalities. WeiQing serves as COO at both companies, overseeing corporate development (LifeMine) and communications, finance (LifeMine), people and organization, plus operations. At LifeMine she built an expedition team to mine the medicine of life by doing digital search through biological space for chemical matter. At FogPharma she built a moonshot organization to drug previously “undruggable” disease drivers.

Career advice:

“If you are new to a field, learn from others, but do not be bound by their playbook. Write your own.”


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