Impact List 2020

In honor of International Women's Day, GV is pleased to introduce our inaugural Impact List 2020. This list showcases 25 outstanding women and non-binary champions across the GV portfolio who have made a difference to their company’s culture, innovation, and success. Each of these honorees, representing various backgrounds, intersections and stages across the career journey, are role models who foster business growth, push boundaries with integrity, and make meaningful contributions to shape the future of their companies.

Alessandra Wood, Ph.D.
Modsy
Vice President of Style

Alessandra Wood, Ph.D.

Vice President of Style, Modsy

Joining Modsy in 2015 as its first employee, Alessandra brings the intersection of interior design and 3D technology to life. With a Ph.D. in Design History and an M.A. in the History of Decorative Arts and Design, she has intense academic training in the style, production, and consumption of furniture and interiors.

modsy.com
Anna Counselman
Upstart
Co-founder and Head of People & Operations

Anna Counselman

Co-founder and Head of People & Operations, Upstart

Anna co-founded Upstart in 2012, after a career at Google leading operations. She helped scale Upstart from zero to 300 employees and originate more than $6B in loans. Anna received a White House Champion of Change award and was recognized as one of Silicon Valley Business Journal's 40 under 40.

upstart.com
Anne Kasitaza
Viz.ai
Director of Partnership Operations

Anne Kasitaza

Director of Partnership Operations, Viz.ai

As employee #2 at Viz.ai, an applied artificial intelligence healthcare company that uses deep learning algorithms to synchronize stroke care, Anne has built out the company's functions in HR, recruiting, sales ops, finance, accounting, and marketing. Her interests include bridging the gap in education for at-risk youth, women, and minorities interested in pursuing a career in tech.

viz.ai
Chen Cheng
Oscar
Senior Director, Engineering

Chen Cheng

Senior Director, Engineering, Oscar

Chen is a technologist who is passionate about the healthcare industry. At Oscar, she is dedicated to building a user-centric health insurance ecosystem that is highly integrated and configurable.

hioscar.com
Christina Zeidan
Freenome
Operations Manager

Christina Zeidan

Operations Manager, Freenome

Christina joined Freenome as employee number nine. She's played a key role across the organization, scaling the team to a hundred employees, and partnering with operations and executive teams. She established the core values that drive Freenome’s mission, introduced a peer review system to empower team members, and led a public Women-in-STEM initiative at Freenome.

freenome.com
Clara Vu
Veo Robotics
Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder

Clara Vu

Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder, Veo Robotics

Clara has been building autonomous robots for over 20 years. At Veo Robotics, Clara leads advanced technology development and product roadmap, solving fundamental problems in durable goods manufacturing.

veobot.com
Danielle Rydbeck
Ionic Security
Project Manager

Danielle Rydbeck

Project Manager, Ionic Security

At Ionic Security, Danielle has developed teams from the ground up, managed multiple million-dollar deployments, and mentored her co-workers. She creates visibility and efficiency into strategic and tactical initiatives that directly impact growth, and she organizes meet-ups through the Women at Ionic program. Outside of work, she mentors inner-city fourth graders.

ionic.com
Dottie Sharon Wang
Headspin
Corporate Counsel

Dottie Sharon Wang

Corporate Counsel, Headspin

Dottie counsels Headspin, the world's first Connected Intelligence Platform that provides testing, monitoring, and analytics solutions for Web, Mobile, IoT, and 5G solutions teams. Previously, Dottie clerked for the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office and the United States Air Force JAG Corps, where she worked on government matters addressing ethics, misconduct, and other criminal and civil law cases.

headspin.io
Elisa de Martel
Carbon
Chief Financial Officer

Elisa de Martel

Chief Financial Officer, Carbon

Elisa is responsible for Carbon's overall financial activities and global finance organization, and also oversees operations and manufacturing for the company. Her leadership style is one that creates and rewards a culture of mutual trust, high performance, respect for others and inclusiveness. Elisa has been recognized by the San Francisco Business Times as one of their Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business for 2019. She also serves as Board Treasurer for Firelight Foundation.

carbon3d.com
Emily Drabant Conley, Ph.D.
23andMe
Vice President of Business Development

Emily Drabant Conley, Ph.D.

Vice President of Business Development , 23andMe

Emily is responsible for setting strategy at 23andMe, where she oversees business development, corporate development, and alliance management. She serves on the board of TMRW, a robotic process automation (RPA) platform designed for IVF, and Medrio, a clinical research software company. She received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Stanford University School of Medicine, where she held fellowships from the National Science Foundation and Department of Defense.

23andme.com
Fan Fan, Ph.D.
DNAnexus
Vice President of Product Management

Fan Fan, Ph.D.

Vice President of Product Management, DNAnexus

Fan works with prospects, customers, and the DNAnexus team to drive product vision, execution and go-to-market strategy. Prior, she held leadership positions in product management at Adobe and Model N, growing product offerings serving diverse customer segments from prosumer to large enterprise customers. Fan earned a Bachelor's degree in Biology at the University of Science and Technology of China, and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Southern California.

dnanexus.com
Georgie Morris
GoCardless
Manager, Reporting and Analysis

Georgie Morris

Manager, Reporting and Analysis, GoCardless

Georgie works with the GoCardless sales team to help the company scale internationally, launch new products, and grow its customer base. She began her career at PwC, earning her accounting qualification in Financial Services Audit before joining the consulting team, where she focused on the Insurance & Banking sector.

gocardless.com
Imogen Pryce, Ph.D.
Relay Therapeutics
Vice President of Strategy, Comms and R&D Operations

Imogen Pryce, Ph.D.

Vice President of Strategy, Comms and R&D Operations, Relay Therapeutics

Imogen is Head of Strategy and R&D Operations at Relay Therapeutics, where she leads the overarching corporate strategy, R&D portfolio strategy, and R&D operations. She received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology and her Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University.

relaytx.com
Jamie Nessel
Good Eggs
Vice President of Assortment

Jamie Nessel

Vice President of Assortment, Good Eggs

At Good Eggs, Jamie is building and scaling a marketplace of fresh and rigorously sourced products. She leads a team of 70 across production, merchandising, replenishment and category management.

goodeggs.com
Jennifer Leahy
Rocketrip
Vice President of People

Jennifer Leahy

Vice President of People , Rocketrip

Jennifer has twenty years of human resources experience in various industries, including finance, higher education, insurance, tech consulting and tech start-ups. Jennifer loves bringing her varied experience to help create and drive thriving cultures that attract and bring out the best in employees.

rockettrip.com
Jessie Wusthoff
Clover Health
Director, Diversity & Inclusion

Jessie Wusthoff

Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Clover Health

Jessie Wusthoff has a background in organizational behavior and learning and development, and an MBA with a focus in Organizational Behavior. She focuses on creating safe space dialogues to increase comfort around difficult workplace conversations.

cloverhealth.com
Kathryn A. Logronio
Spotlight Therapeutics
Scientist

Kathryn A. Logronio

Scientist, Spotlight Therapeutics

Kathryn is an immunologist with nearly twenty years of research and drug development experience. At Spotlight Therapeutics she leads vivo pharmacology for the development of novel gene editing biologics. Prior to joining Spotlight, Kathryn was at Compugen Inc. and Rinat-Pfizer, where she was nominated for the WRD Pfizer Achievement award for her commitment to delivering the RN168 (anti-IL7R antibody) for autoimmune diseases.

spotlighttx.com
Katie Seawell
Bowery Farming
Chief Marketing Officer

Katie Seawell

Chief Marketing Officer, Bowery Farming

At Bowery Katie leads brand, marketing, corporate communications and product management. Katie is also a proud co-founder of Bowery’s aGIRLculture, an employee network group dedicated to supporting and developing Bowery’s women. Prior to Bowery, Katie spent nearly 15 years at Starbucks Coffee Company where she held a variety of leadership roles in marketing, product and operations. As a fierce advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion, one of Katie’s most important roles at Starbucks was executive sponsor of the Black Partner Network. Katie is a Board Member of the Beaird Family Foundation in Shreveport, LA.

boweryfarming.com
Kelly Haston, Ph.D.
insitro
Senior Scientist, Disease Modeling

Kelly Haston, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist, Disease Modeling, insitro

Kelly Haston is a stem cell biologist with broad experience in human stem cell-based models of development and disease. She is a senior scientist in the disease modeling group, helping guide the team as they build biological model systems that will interface with the genetic, data science and machine learning modules of insitro’s approach to discover novel human therapeutics. She did her undergraduate and masters work at UC Berkeley, and first began working in the stem cell field during her Ph.D. with Dr. Renee Rejio Pera at UC San Francisco and Stanford University.

insitro.com
Kristin Heintz
ClassPass
Senior Director FP&A & Analytics

Kristin Heintz

Senior Director FP&A & Analytics, ClassPass

Kristin Heintz is the Senior Director of FP&A and Business Intelligence at ClassPass. She joined the company in 2014, and oversees financial planning and analysis, corporate development, business intelligence, analytics and the partner empowerment program. Prior to ClassPass, Kristin was a consultant at Bain & Company, and she holds a degree in Political Science from Yale University.

classpass.com
Natalie DiNicola, Ph.D.
Benson Hill
Chief of Staff

Natalie DiNicola, Ph.D.

Chief of Staff, Benson Hill

Natalie has over 25 years of experience in the agri-food industry and a decade of experience in sustainability and agriculture development. As Chief of Staff for Benson Hill, Natalie ensures that company strategy and operational effectiveness are optimized through people, process and project management enhancement. Natalie serves on the Board of Meds and Food for Kids working to combat malnutrition, as well as the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Leadership Council. She received her B.A. in Biology from St. Mary’s College and her Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

bensonhill.com
Sahar Zandi
Clear Labs
Chief of Staff

Sahar Zandi

Chief of Staff, Clear Labs

Sahar joined Clear Labs in 2018, where she has managed human resources, talent acquisition, and program management in the technical sciences. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine and M.S. from California State University, Fullerton.

clearlabs.com
Sara Williams
Farmers Business Network
Vice President of People

Sara Williams

Vice President of People, Farmers Business Network

Sara is the Vice President of People at Farmers Business Network, where she supports 500+ employees across the US, Canada, and Australia. Previously Sara helped Uber build operations and product teams across the United States and Latin America.

fbn.com
Sheila James
Veem
Vice President of Operations

Sheila James

Vice President of Operations, Veem

Sheila is responsible for developing payment partnerships as well as ensuring high-quality of service through customer service and risk divisions. Prior to Veem Sheila was Vice President of Operations at Western Union, responsible for expanding online cash payments throughout the US and Europe. A serial entrepreneur with over 30 years’ experience, Sheila was the co-founder of eBillme and led various roles in product management, product development and operations, providing an alternative payment solution for the US market.

veem.com
Stefanie Mandl-Cashman, Ph.D.
PACT Pharma
Vice President of Translational Immunology

Stefanie Mandl-Cashman, Ph.D.

Vice President of Translational Immunology, PACT Pharma

Steffi is responsible for leading PACT’s personalized neoTCR-T cell engineering, adoptive T cell therapy product characterization and immune monitoring/biomarker development. She has extensive experience in the development of immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer and infectious disease. Dr. Mandl’s experience in cancer immunotherapy began in Berlin, where she received her MS in Biology from Freie Universität Berlin, then she earned her Ph.D. in Immunology at the University of California San Francisco and trained as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University.

pactpharma.com