Meet the Team

Center Team


Ron Adner

Nathaniel D’1906 and Martha E. Leverone Memorial Professor of Business Administration

Professor Adner’s research and teaching focuses on innovation, strategy, and entrepreneurship. His work introduces a new perspective on the relationship between firms, customers, and the broader ‘innovation ecosystems’ in which they interact to create value.

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Philip J. Ferneau D’84, T’96

Adjunct Professor of Business Administration

Areas of expertise: Venture capital, entrepreneurship

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Gordon Phillips

Laurence F. Whittemore Professor of Business Administration; Faculty Director, Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital

Gordon Phillips is the faculty director of the Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital and the Laurence F. Whittemore Professor of Business Administration. He teaches the 2nd year course Venture Capital and Private Equity and specializes in private equity, mergers, and the impact of financial decisions on firms' strategic decisions. He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a visiting research professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He previously taught at the University of Southern California and the University of Maryland. He has been a visiting professor at Duke University, HEC Paris, Insead, MIT, and Southern Mediterranean University. He received his MA and Ph.D. from Harvard University and his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. His areas of research include corporate finance and how financial decisions impact firms' strategic decisions, and contracting in financial markets. His work in corporate finance includes studies of private equity issuance, capital structure, Chapter 11 bankruptcy, how leverage buyouts and other forms of high debt influence a firms' and rivals' investment decisions.

Recent research published in the Journal of Political Economy and the Review of Financial Studies has been on applying computational linguistics to firm financial statements to analyze merger synergies, dividends and product market competition. Research published in the Journal of Finance has been on real and financial booms and busts and mergers and acquisitions and how firms organize across multiple markets. He recently presented the keynote address on PIPEs (private investment in public equity) to an audience of executives and finance professionals. He has served as an associate editor at The Review of Financial Studies and The Journal of Corporate Finance.

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Nick Russell D’00, T’10

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Private Investments

Nick Russell has twenty years of experience as an investor, advisor, strategist and occasional operator.  The entirety of his career has been focused on helping engineering-driven product and service companies across a range of sectors succeed and generate shareholder value.  He began his career as a strategy consultant focused on corporate venture formation and growth strategy, as well as complex operational improvement engagements. For the last fifteen years, Mr. Russell has focused on leading control buyout investments in middle and lower-middle market companies, and working closely with portfolio companies and their leaders to develop and execute growth and other improvement initiatives.  Mr. Russell joined Tuckerman Capital in 2010. He has been a Board Director and has led several Tuckerman investments. He is responsible for all facets of the firm’s efforts including business development and partnership origination, investment execution, portfolio management, investor facing activities, and internal firm operations.

Mr. Russell received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth.  He teaches an MBA course on private investments in small and middle market companies at the Tuck School and is a frequent speaker on small company buyout investing, particularly addressing the emerging ecosystem surrounding independent private equity sponsors.  

Morten Sorensen

Associate Professor

Professor Sørensen conducts research in the areas of entrepreneurial finance, venture capital, and private equity and focuses on understanding the behavior, performance, and economic effects of venture capital and private equity in individual transactions and in the broader economy. His studies have investigated the risks, returns, and illiquidity inherent in venture capital, private equity, and other alternative investments; the effects of private equity and venture capital investments on individual companies and for industries; and the role of management in venture capital and buyout deals. His research has been presented at numerous universities and conferences, has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, Bloomberg, CNBC, and BusinessWeek, and has been published in leading academic journals.

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Omar AlBanawi T’21

Ayres Private Equity Fellow

Summer 2020 employer: Investment Banking Summer Associate at JP Morgan

Previous employer: JISR Venture Partners

College: Syracuse University


Keri Arslancan T’21

Venture Capital Fellow

Career interests: venture capital, media & entertainment, and management consulting

Summer 2020 employer: Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Previous employer(s): Fox Networks Group Turkey (acquired by The Walt Disney Company)

College: Cal State Fullerton


Ranulfo Allen T’21

Venture Capital Fellow

Career interests: Venture capital with a focus on advanced materials, biotech, cleantech, and food & ag

Summer 2020 employer: Tech Council Ventures

Previous employer: Frost & Sullivan

College: Princeton University


Titilayo Arasi T’21

Venture Capital Fellow

Career interests: Venture Capital, Entrepreneurship, Tech

Summer 2020 employer: HoneyComb Credit

Previous employer: IBM

College: New York University


Gordon Bailey T’21

Ayres Private Equity Fellow

Summer 2020 employer: Bain & Company

Previous employer: Bain Capital Credit

College: Georgetown University


Chris Banks T’21

Ayres Private Equity Fellow

Career interests: Strategy Consulting & Private Equity

Summer 2020 employer: Antin Infrastructure Partners

Previous employer: Altman Vilandrie & Company

College: Dartmouth College


Alexander Becker T’21

Venture Capital Fellow

Summer 2020 employer: OpenView Venture Partners

Previous employer(s): Catalant Technologies, Silicon Valley Bank

College: Dartmouth College


Ben Clark T’21

Ayres Private Equity Fellow

Career interests: Private Equity

Summer 2020 employer: Falcon Investment Advisors

Previous employer: Flagstaff Partners

College: University of Melbourne


Steven Curran T’21

Venture Capital Fellow

Claire Dalman T’21

Venture Capital Fellow

Career interests: Venture Capital/Impact Investing

Summer 2020 employer: Early-stage Start Up

Previous employer: Indigo Partners (PE)

College: University of Montana


Caleb Dorfman T’21

Ayres Private Equity Fellow

Summer 2020 employer: AlixPartners - Turnaround and Restructuring, Summer Vice President

Previous employer(s): Energy Equity Analyst at Columbia Threadneedle Investments, Lead sellside coal and alternative energy analyst at Simmons & Company International, Investment Analyst at DC Energy

College: Yale University


Teodoro Gonzalez Collazo T’21

Venture Capital Fellow

Career interests: Brand Management, Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, and Emerging Market Investment

Summer 2020 employer: Brand Management at P&G

Previous employer: Accenture

College: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Dylan Guss T’21

Ayres Private Equity Fellow

Career interests: Growth Equity

Summer 2020 employer: ServiceNow

Previous employer: Spectrum Equity

College: Colgate University


Steve Hruby T’21

Ayres Private Equity Fellow

Career interests: Private Equity

Summer 2020 employer: CapitalWorks (Cleveland, OH-based lower middle-market PE fund)

Previous employer: EY (Valuation, Modeling, & Economics)

College: John Carroll University


Zoya Imam T’21

Venture Capital Fellow

Maria King T’21

Venture Capital Fellow

Career interests: Impact Investing, Sustainability, Food & Agriculture, Corporate VC

Summer 2020 employer: National Park Service

Previous employer: Spotify, VICE Media

College: Tufts University


Tobin Krieg T’21

Venture Capital Fellow

Career interests: Climatetech venture capital

Summer 2020 employer: Falkon Ventures

Previous employer: Dexis Consulting Group

College: American University


Chi Le T’21

Ayres Private Equity Fellow

Career interests: Private equity with a focus on technology

Summer 2020 employer: Cartesian Capital Group

Previous employer(s): Wood Mackenzie, RBC Capital Markets

College: Northeastern University


Elizabeth Lenczowski Holmes T’21

Venture Capital Fellow

Career interests: Entrepreneurship and investing in health, food & nutrition, and consumer products

Previous employer: EY-Parthenon

College: Harvard


Madeleine Livingston T’21

Venture Capital Fellow

Career interests: Entrepreneurship, venture capital, consumer health and wellness

Summer 2020 employer: June Motherhood - Product and Growth, Flux Biosciences - Partnerships

Previous employer: Citibank

College: The George Washington University: Elliott School of International Affairs


Eric Lukas T’21

Ayres Private Equity Fellow

Career interests: Private equity (particularly with a focus on energy and transportation), infrastructure funds, investment banking

Summer 2020 employer: Barclays Investment Bank - Power & Utilities group

Previous employer: Deloitte

College: Columbia University


Rukhaam Mahar T’21

Ayres Private Equity Fellow

Cristian Molina Cornejo T’21

Ayres Private Equity Fellow

Career interests: Power, Utilities, and Renewable Energy Private Equity

Summer 2020 employer: Shell (New Energies) and Tuckerman Capital

Previous employer(s): Energeia, Acceleprise

College: University of California, Davis


Hugo Naulot T’21

Venture Capital Fellow

Career interests: Venture Capital, Enterprise Software, FinTech

Summer 2020 employer: Corporate Strategy at ServiceNow

Previous employer(s): EY Consulting and Vertone

College: Sciences Po Paris


Kristin Ng T’21

Venture Capital Fellow

Career interests: AgTech, Sustainable Investing

Summer 2020 employer: Strategy Associate at New Age Meats

Previous employer(s): Cowen, BTIG, RBC Capital Markets

College: Georgetown University


Martha O’Neill T’21

Venture Capital Fellow

Career interests: Health care and life sciences venture capital

Summer 2020 employer: Foundation Medicine

Previous employer(s): Health Advances

College: Dartmouth College


James Ozturk T’21

Venture Capital Fellow

Mridula Padmanabhan T’21

Ayres Private Equity Fellow

Career interests: Leveraged Buyouts, SWF Investments, Energy and Real Estate.

Summer 2020 employer: Leveraged Finance practice at J.P. Morgan (New York).

Previous employer: Five Capital

College: Georgetown University


Austin Pittman T’21

Venture Capital Fellow

Career interests: Entrepreneur; Long-term: Venture Capital

Summer 2020 employer: Self-employed, founder of Blue Norther Hard Seltzer

Previous employer: Twelve Consulting Group

College: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill


Dave Praharaj T’21

Venture Capital Fellow

Career interests: Healthcare Investment Banking, Healthcare Venture Capital and Growth Equity

Summer 2020 employer: JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Previous employer(s): Augmedix and FirstLine

College: Stanford University


Ned Scadden T’21

Ayres Private Equity Fellow

Career interests: Private Equity

Summer 2020 employer: Hospital for Special Surgery

Previous employer: Seacoast Capital

College: McGill University


Robert Sewell T’21

Venture Capital Fellow

Career interests: Cleantech, solar, VC, startups

Summer 2020 employer: CEO of VesprSolar: a U.S. Department of Energy-backed solar hardware startup that is transforming the last mile of solar installation.

Previous employer: Deloitte Consulting

College: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Shervin Stoney T’21

Venture Capital Fellow

Career interests: Venture Capital

Summer 2020 employer: Flow Inc. (Fintech startup)

Previous employer: Facebook

College: University at Buffalo


Stephen Wittmann T’21

Ayres Private Equity Fellow

Career interests: Private Equity

Summer 2020 employer: Trace (contact tracing software)

Previous employer: Fort Point Capital

College: Ole Miss


Ling Yin T’21

Ayres Private Equity Fellow

Career interests: Investment Management and PE

Summer 2020 employer: Goldman Sachs

Previous employer(s): Bank of Communications Group

College: Wuhan University


Senior Advisors

Jim Feuille D'79

Executive Director, Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital

Jim brings to Tuck 35 years of experience in the equity capital markets including the past 16 years as a highly accomplished principal investor in private equity at Crosslink Capital. Jim’s investment focus areas at Crosslink have included enterprise software/SaaS, internet digital media and consumer services, analytics, advertising technologies, and financial technology. Jim has led Crosslink’s investments in four companies which achieved multi-billion market cap exits—Omniture (NASDAQ: OMTR, IPO 2006, acquired by Adobe 2009 for $1.8B), (NASDAQ: ACOM, IPO 2009, acquired by Permira 2012 for $1.6B), Pandora (NYSE: P, IPO 2011, average market cap at fund exit $5.5B), and Coupa (NASDAQ: COUP, IPO 2016, current market cap $2.6B). Jim’s current board seats for Crosslink include Personal Capital, Chime, Reltio, Gain Credit, Zebit, and Devon Way. In addition, Jim is Crosslink’s board observer for SilkRoad and Zoosk.

Prior to joining Crosslink, Jim’s professional experience included positions as Global Head of Technology investment banking at UBS, Chief Operating Officer at Volpe Brown Whelan & Company, and Head of Technology Investment Banking at Robertson Stephens.

Jim received an A.B. in Chemistry from Dartmouth College, a J.D. from the Stanford University Law School, and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Richard Green D’75

Angel Investing/VCIC

Dick is Managing Director of RLG Analytics LLC, a consulting practice specializing in strategy, planning, corporate governance, business analysis, due diligence and negotiations.

Dick has served on the Board of Directors of eleven organizations, six for-profit and five non-profit. Most recently, from 2003-2012, he was a Director of Jetboil, Inc., the worldwide market leader in single-burner cooking systems, and served as Chairman from 2007-2011. Dick led Jetboil’s negotiating team during acquisition of the company by Johnson Outdoors, Inc. in November, 2012, and is currently the post-acquisition shareholder representative.

From 1998-2008, Dick was a co-founder and Director of VoteHere, Inc., a developer of cryptographic systems for electronic and online voting. He served as Chairman of VoteHere from 1998-2001. From 1983-1993, Dick was co-founder, CEO and Chairman of Corporate Microsystems, Inc., a data communications software firm serving national retail chains.

Dick Green is a co-founder and managing director of Granite State Angels, a regional investment group based in Hanover, New Hampshire. Dick is a co-founder of the Grafton County Economic Development Council, and was President from 1999-2004. Dick is a co-founder of the Dartmouth Regional Technology Center business incubator. Dick has served as a member of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Assembly of Overseers since 1997.

Dick obtained his BA from Dartmouth College where he was awarded the John G. Kemeny Prize in Computing in 1976.

Mark Anderegg

Co-Founder, Newbury Franklin

Mark brings to Tuck 15 years of private equity experience, with a focus on micro cap investing. He is co-founder of Newbury Franklin, a holding company that acquires and builds recurring revenue businesses with an extremely long-term orientation.

Mark is also Chairman of Little Sprouts, a Massachusetts-based provider of early education centers, which he led the acquisition of in 2012 via a search fund. What started as a local business with 16 locations in the Boston area grew to become the largest private preschool company in New England during Mark’s 6-year tenure as CEO. Little Sprouts now operates three brands across four states.

Mark is an active investor and serves on multiple private company boards in the search fund ecosystem. He was previously Faculty Associate in the Kellogg Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative, where he continues to advise and mentor on the subject of Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition.

Earlier in his career, Mark was an investment banker with Goldman Sachs, first in New York and later in Chicago. He subsequently worked as a private equity investor with Chicago Growth Partners, a middle-market buyout fund.

Mark received a B.A. in Economics from Vanderbilt University and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Board Members

Charles Ayres T’87

Chairman, Trilantic Capital Partners

Charlie Ayres is the chairman of Trilantic Capital Partners.  Prior to Trilantic Capital Partners he was the global head of Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking and a managing director of Lehman Brothers. He joined LBMB in 2003, and has over 20 years of private equity experience. Mr. Ayres was a founding partner of MidOcean Partners, a private equity investment firm formed in February 2003, and, prior to that, was head of DB Capital Partners North America (Deutsche Bank AG) and a member of the DB Americas Regional Executive Committee, where he was responsible for overseeing $1.2 billion of investments and managing the 25-member investment team. Prior to DB Capital, he was a managing partner at McCown De Leeuw & Co., Inc., a $1.2 billion private equity fund. From 1987 to 1991, he was a managing partner at HMA Investments, Inc., a private investment firm focused on middle-market management buyouts. He also worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions department at Lazard Freres & Co. and the Corporate Finance group at Kidder Peabody & Co. He is currently on the board of the Lennox Hill Neighborhood House and the Special Projects Committee of Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital and is an active member of YPO, the Young Presidents' Organization, Gotham Chapter.

He obtained his BA in economics, magna cum laude, from Duke University and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Melinda Barber T'09

Managing Director, Pilot House Ventures

Melinda Barber is Managing Director at Pilot House Ventures, a venture capital firm specializing in investments in early stage companies. Prior to Pilot House Ventures, Mindy was Managing Director at Harvard Management Company where she was a member of the investment team focused primarily on private equity and venture capital. Before joining Harvard, Mindy worked at Raptor Capital Management, North Atlantic Capital and Lehman Brothers. She received a Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where she was a Tuck Scholar, and graduated magna cum laude from Colby College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Mindy, her husband, and their two daughters live in Boston, Massachusetts.

Peter J. Barris T'77

Managing General Partner, New Enterprise Associates

Peter Barris joined New Enterprise Associates (NEA) in 1992 and has served as managing general partner since 1999. NEA is one of the largest global venture capital firms with $8.5B under management. Since joining NEA, Mr. Barris has led investments in over 20 information technology companies that have completed public offerings or successful mergers. These include such industry pioneering companies as Amisys, CareerBuilder, Geotel, Tripod, UUNET, and Vonage.

Prior to joining NEA, he was president and chief operating officer of Legent Corporation and senior vice president of the Systems Software Division of UCCEL Corporation. Both companies were ultimately acquired at valuations that were record breaking for their time. Earlier, Mr. Barris spent almost a decade at General Electric Company in a variety of management positions, including vice president and general manager at GE Information Services. He also serves on the Northwestern University Board of Trustees, Dartmouth College’s Tuck School Board of Overseers and the Executive Committee of the Board of the National Venture Capital Association. Mr. Barris was also a founding member of Venture Philanthropy Partners.

He obtained his BS from Northwestern University and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Tom Blaisdell T'89

Founder & CEO, AlignPact

Tom Blaisdell T'89 is the founder and CEO of AlignPact, a consulting firm that helps individuals and organizations craft Permanent Capital strategies for “Values-Aligned Investing.” From 2016 to 2018 he served as Executive Director of Private Equity in the Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital (CPEVC) at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. For 17 years prior to that, Tom was a general partner at DCM Ventures, a Silicon Valley Venture Capital firm where he helped DCM’s portfolio companies create high-growth marketing strategies, structure successful strategic partnerships and build strong management teams. Tom has a particular focus on innovation in the financial technology arena and technology and services that empower entrepreneurs and small businesses. He led DCM Ventures' previous investments in PayCycle (acquired by Intuit), HireRight (IPO on NASDAQ; then acquired by USIS), Jaspersoft (acquired by Tibco), (acquired by Bankrate), Vendavo (acquried by Francisco Partners) and Vindicia (acquired by Amdocs). Tom began his technology start-up career with a six-year stint at Intuit, joining the then-private company one month prior to the launch of Quicken for Windows 1.0. Upon earning his MBA at Tuck, Tom joined Bain & Co in their San Francisco office.

David G. Brown T’85

Brown Family Trust

David Brown is the managing partner of Oak Hill Venture Partners, and a vice president of Keystone, Inc. He leads Keystone's venture capital activities, including investments in 33 companies since 1998. Prior to joining Keystone in 1993, he worked at Salomon Brothers, where he was a vice president in the Corporate Finance Department.

Mr. Brown serves on the board of directors of StepNexus, eGain Communications, Intelligent Markets, MarketTools, Voyager Expanded Learning, and Validus. He also serves on the boards of Bowdoin College and the Yosemite National Institutes.

He obtained his BA from Bowdoin College and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Collette K. Chilton T'86

Chief Investment Officer, Williams College

Collette Chilton joined Williams College in October 2006 and prior to that she was the chief investment officer for Lucent Technologies Inc. Ms. Chilton previously served as chief investment officer for the Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Board. She has also worked at the Massachusetts State Teachers and Employees Retirement Systems Trust, the First National Bank of Boston, and Citicorp Investment Bank.

She obtained her BS from the University of California, Berkeley and received her MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Alicia M. Cooney T'76

Co-founder and Managing Director, Monument Group

Alicia Cooney is co-founder and managing director of the Monument Group, an independent registered broker-dealer providing alternative investment opportunities to institutional investors. Previously, Ms. Cooney was a consultant at Cambridge Associates Inc., an investment banker at Bear, Stearns & Co., and a research analyst at Bache, Halsey, Stuart & Shields.

She obtained her BA from Wellesley College and received her MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Laureen R. Costa T'94

Portfolio Manager, J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Laureen Costa is a portfolio manager in the JPMorgan Asset Management Private Equity Group. The Private Equity Group is a team of 45 professionals that operate out of offices in New York, London, and Hong Kong. The team manages three broad private equity programs –venture capital, U.S. corporate finance and non-U.S. corporate finance – as well as programs dedicated to the Emerging Manager Market.

Ms. Costa has 15 years of experience investing in private equity. She manages a diverse portfolio of corporate finance partnerships, venture capital partnerships, direct investments and secondary transactions. Prior to joining JPMorgan Asset Management in 1997, she was a portfolio manager with AT&T Investment Management Corp., an investment management subsidiary of AT&T, where she held similar responsibilities. Prior to joining AT&T, Ms. Costa worked in commercial lending for CoreStates Bank, N.A. (now part of Wachovia Corporation). She is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute. Ms. Costa serves on numerous advisory boards including Alta Berkeley, Ampersand, Columbia Capital, Duke Street Capital, FdG Partners, Insight Venture Partners, Sofinnova Capital, SYNCOM, Vicente Growth Equity, and 21st Century Group.

Ms. Costa obtained a BA, Phi Beta Kappa, from Bucknell University and received her MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Diane Daych T'85

Granite Growth Health Partners, Managing Partner & Co-Founder

Diane Daych is a Managing Partner and Co-Founder at Granite Growth Health Partners. She has more than 30 years of investing, advisory and operating experience, with more than 25 years of experience in the health services industry investing in growth companies that offer specialized solutions for the financing, management and delivery of healthcare. Before founding Granite Growth, Diane led Apple Tree Partners’ healthcare services investing team. From 2010 to 2012, she was a managing director and co-head, Private Equity, of the Marwood Group. Previously, since 2000 she was a partner and principal at CCP Equity Partners.  Diane currently sits on the Board of Directors of CleanSlate Outpatient Addiction Medicine, QualDerm Partners, Three Oaks Hospice, The Healthcare Private Equity Association (Chair), the National Venture Capital Association and the Tuck Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital.

Diane earned an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College and a BA in Economics from Lehigh University.

Peter L. Denious T'97

Partner, FLAG Capital Management

Peter Denious is an Investment Partner of FLAG Capital Management in Stamford, CT. FLAG is a private capital fund-of-funds founded in 1994 with assets of $4.3B and strategies in venture capital, private equity and real assets. For the last five years, Mr. Denious has overseen FLAG International Partners, a fund focused in Europe and Asia. He is also a member of the FLAG investment and management committees.

Prior to joining FLAG in 2001, Mr. Denious worked for J.H. Whitney & Co. where he structured and executed private equity and venture capital investments in a variety of emerging-growth and middle-market companies. Previously, he worked for BancBoston Capital, the captive private equity and venture capital group of BankBoston. Prior to attending business school, Mr. Denious worked in investment and commercial banking for Prudential Securities and Chemical Bank.

He obtained his BA from Trinity College and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Liam S. Donohue T'95

Co-founder and Managing Director, .406 Ventures

Liam Donohue is the co-founder and managing director of .406 Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund investing in information technology and technology-enabled services. Prior to co-founding .406, Mr. Donohue was a founding partner at Arcadia Partners and a principal at Foster Management Company, where he built and in some cases led, several successful business service companies. Before attending Tuck, he opened the first office in Budapest, Hungary for Booz Allen Hamilton, and founded and ran an independent nonprofit organization that coordinated the Central European Environmental Education Seminar.

He obtained his BS from Georgetown University and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business, where he was a recipient of the Julia Stell Award.

Anthony A. Florence Jr. T'97

General Partner, New Enterprise Associates          

Tony is a General Partner and head of NEA's technology investing practice, which is typically two thirds of NEA's funds. Tony focuses on investments in the software and internet sectors with emphasis on SaaS and marketplace ecommerce companies. In addition, he is actively involved in NEA’s investing activities in China. Tony has led investments in (NYSE: CRCM), Cvent (NYSE: CVT), Appian (NYSE: APPN), Moda Operandi, Quidsi/ (acquired by Amazon), Edmodo, EverFi (acquired by TPG), Casper, Snap (NYSE: SNAP),, (acquired by WalMart), Gilt (acquired by Hudson Bay), Goop, DataRobot, Duolingo, The Wing, Letgo, and Wallapop. Tony has been featured on the Forbes Midas List of Top Investors for both 2017 and 2018.

Prior to joining NEA, he was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and was Head of Technology Banking in New York, and was a member of the North American Management Committee for investment banking. Tony spent over a decade at Morgan Stanley focused on the software and Internet sectors, and also worked with a number of NEA's companies in both IPOs and M&A transactions. Tony received an MBA and an A.B. in Economics from Dartmouth College.

Adam P. Godfrey T’92

Managing Partner, Stella Point Capital, L.L.C.

Adam Godfrey co-founded Stella Point Capital in 2012. Previously, Mr. Godfrey spent nearly 19 years with Lindsay Goldberg and its predecessor, which he joined in 1992 when it had just five investment professionals. During his tenure, he played a significant role in the development of Lindsay Goldberg, which raised more than $10 billion in capital across three private equity funds. Mr. Godfrey sourced and managed numerous investments for the firm, serving on the boards of twelve portfolio companies including one company where he remains involved as a director. Currently at Stella Point, he serves on the board of First American Payment Systems and Rightpoint. He also serves as a Board Member of Schneider National and as a Member of the Center for Private Equity at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth where he previously served as a member of the MBA Advisory Board. Mr. Godfrey holds his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and his BA from Brown University.

William Hart T'67

Former Founder and Managing Partner, Technology Partners

Bill Hart is an advisor to early-stage technology and financial services companies. As the founder and managing partner of Technology Partners, Mr. Hart led this Silicon Valley venture capital firm for 21 years. Since retiring from Technology Partners in 2001, he has continued to work with several early-stage companies and to serve on the board of Trimble Navigation. Mr. Hart also serves on the boards of the Napa Valley Opera House and various university advisory groups. He is a former member of the Tuck Board of Overseers. Mr. Hart owns and manages a small vineyard in the Napa Valley and was affiliated for many years with Duckhorn Vineyards.

He obtained his BME from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Deb Kemper T'95

Golden Seed Ventures, Managing Partner

Deb Kemper is a partner at Golden Seeds Ventures, focused on investing in early stage enterprise B2B and medtech companies. She formerly led the Boston Forum of Golden Seeds, a national angel investor group. Prior to joining Golden Seeds Ventures, she built a portfolio of over two dozen early stage investments via Libra Global Partners, LLC.
Previously, Deb was a consultant with McKinsey & Company where she served clients in the energy, utility, electronics, and healthcare sectors. Her functional experience spans manufacturing, product development, operations and strategy. She has provided leadership support to organizations in China, Peru and the United States.
Deb was the founding organizer for TEDxShanghaiWomen in 2012, which was the first TEDxWomen event in mainland China. She speaks at various events on women in leadership and early stage venture investing.

Donald R. Kendall Jr. T'76

Managing Director and CEO, Kenmont Investments Management LP, Kenmont Capital Partners LP

Don Kendall is the founding managing director and the chief executive officer of Kenmont, an investment management firm specializing in alternative investments and private equity. Previously, Mr. Kendall utilized his extensive background in the power and energy industries overseeing event driven, distressed, capital structure arbitrage and private equity investments in these sectors for Carlson Capital, L.P, while overseeing Kenmont’s private equity fund of funds. From 1993 to 1998, Mr. Kendall was president of Cogen Technologies Capital Company, L.P. In addition to his duties at Cogen, Mr. Kendall was the founding chairman and chief executive officer of Palmetto Partners, Ltd., a family office and investment management company. He has established significant private equity portfolios at four firms including building, managing and marketing a $1.50 billion asset focused private equity portfolio. He has also been involved in initial public offerings, project finance, leasing, restructurings and workouts, recapitalizations and merger and acquisition assignments and has completed in excess of $20 billion in financing transactions. He has served as a trustee of Hamilton College (and as a member of its Investment Committee), a member of the Houston Committee on Foreign Relations, a board member of Houston Zoo, Inc., The Jane Goodall Institute as well as Earthwatch Institute, and as a member of the board of overseers for the Tuck School of Business.

He obtained his AB from Hamilton College and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Nancy Lotane T'92

Managing Director and Chief Human Resources Officer, Bain Capital

Ms. Lotane joined Bain Capital, a leading global private investment firm, in 2007 and serves as Chief Human Resources Officer. In her role, Ms. Lotane leads a team of human resources professionals responsible for recruiting, performance management and leadership development, compensation, culture, and diversity and inclusion for the more than 950 employees working for Bain Capital globally.  In addition, Ms. Lotane serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Bain Capital Private Equity globally. 

Prior to joining Bain Capital, Ms. Lotane worked as Chief Marketing and Development Officer and Head of North American Operations for Mercer Management Consulting, now Oliver Wyman. In that role, Ms. Lotane was also responsible for Learning, Knowledge Management and intellectual capital development.

Prior to that, Ms. Lotane was a consulting partner at Mercer and Corporate Decisions, Inc., focused on retail and consumer products.  She also worked as a consultant at Braxton Associates earlier in her career.

Ms. Lotane received an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a BA from Tufts University.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship at the Tuck School of Business and on the Board of Trustees at Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA.

Frederick C. Maynard III T'85

Senior Advisor, HarbourVest Partners, LLC

Fred Maynard has been a managing director at HarbourVest Partners responsible for overseeing secondary partnership investments since 1986. He joined the firm in 1985 after receiving his MBA. His previous experience includes working as a loan officer in the National Division of Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company.

He obtained his BA from Wesleyan University and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Terrance G. McGuire TH'82

Co-founder and Managing General Partner, Polaris Venture Partners

Terry McGuire is a co-founder and managing general partner of Polaris Venture Partners based in the Boston office. He focuses on life sciences investments. Prior to starting Polaris, Mr. McGuire spent seven years at Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co. investing in early stage medical and information technology companies. He began his career in venture capital at Golder, Thoma and Cressey in Chicago.

Mr. McGuire represents Polaris on the boards of directors of Acceleron Pharma, AdiMAB, Life Line Screening, Microbia, MicroCHIPS, Inc., Pulmatrix Inc., Tempo Pharmaceuticals and WMR Biomedical, Inc. He has also served on the boards of Akamai, Aspect Medical Systems, Cubist Pharmaceuticals, deCODE Genetics (DCGN), GlycoFi, Transform Pharmaceuticals, and Remon Medical Technologies. Mr. McGuire serves on the boards of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth (Chair), the National Venture Capital Association, MIT’s David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School. Mr. McGuire has co-founded three companies: Inspire Pharmaceuticals, AIR (Advanced Inhalation Research, Inc.), and MicroCHIPS. He is a recipient of the Albert Einstein Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Life Sciences, awarded by Forbes/Gottlieb Medical Technology Investor, Harvard MIT Biomedical Engineering Center, the New Jerusalem Foundation, the Jerusalem Development Authority, and Rodman and Renshaw.

He obtained his BS in physics and economics from Hobart College, his MS from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, and received his MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Kate Mitchell

Co-Founder, Scale Venture Partners

Kate is a co-founder of Scale Venture Partners, a Silicon Valley-based firm that invests in early-in-revenue technology companies that are looking to scale. She and the ScaleVP team have backed successful, high growth companies including ExactTarget (Salesforce), RingCentral (NYSE:RNG), HubSpot (NYSE:HUBS), Box (NYSE: BOX), DocuSign, and Omniture (Adobe).

Kate is past chairman and board member of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and is active in policy matters that impact entrepreneurship, start-ups, innovation and inclusion. She co-authored the IPO section of the 2012 JOBS Act and is currently working on additional legislation to help small company IPOs. In 2014, Kate co-founded the NVCA Inclusion & Diversity Task Force (now called VentureForward), which

focuses on advancing opportunities for women and minorities across the venture ecosystem. Mitchell received the NVCA Outstanding Service Award in 2013 for her policy work on behalf of the venture industry. She currently serves on the boards of SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ:SIVB), Fortive Corporation (NYSE:FTV) and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and she is a charter member of Environmental Entrepreneurs (Silicon Valley). Kate is also a Kauffman Fellows mentor, a member of the NASDAQ Private Market Advisory Board, and a commentator on technology trends for CNBC Squawk Alley.

Barnett D. Osman T'96

Partner, Lexington Partners L.P.

Bart Osman is a Partner of Lexington Partners primarily engaged in the origination, evaluation and management of equity co-investments. Prior to joining Lexington in 1998, Mr. Osman was a director of acquisitions and investments at Reuters America and prior to that he was an analyst in investment banking at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Osman graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in history and from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth with an MBA.

Pamela Peedin D’89, T’98

Former Chief Investment Officer, Dartmouth College

Pamela Peedin joined Dartmouth College as Chief Investment Officer on February 1, 2011. Previously, Ms. Peedin served as the first Chief Investment Officer at Boston University, having joined in 2007 to build the Investment Office of 6 people to oversee the day-to-day management of the institution's endowment assets. Prior to her time at Boston University she was a managing director at Cambridge Associates, an investment consulting firm providing asset allocation and implementation advice to not-for-profit, family and corporate clients. Ms. Peedin serves as a member of the Investment Committee of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

She obtained her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and received her MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Charles F. Preusse T'95

Partner, Ridgeway Partners, LLC

Charles has acted as a trusted advisor to senior executives for both multi-billion dollar companies as well as emerging growth companies for nearly three decades. He joined Ridgeway Partners in 2010 and works with companies to solve their most complex and strategic talent challenges. Charles has led high profile advisory search engagements for chief executive officers, chief financial officers, managing directors, board members, and a wide range of executive level positions across many industries and sectors. Areas of specific focus include banking, finance, financial technology, private equity, and real estate.

Prior to joining Ridgeway Partners, Charles spent twenty years in investment banking. Most recently, Charles was a Managing Director and member of the Investment Banking Operating Committee at Cowen and Company. During his tenure at Cowen, Charles held positions which included Head of Equity Capital Markets, Head of Services Investment Banking, and co-Head of Aerospace & Defense. Prior to joining Cowen, Charles was a Director in the investment banking group at Prudential Securities. Charles began his career at Merrill Lynch & Co.

Charles received an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, and a BA from Columbia College, Columbia University. He is currently a member of the Society of Fellows at the Aspen Institute, a member of the Economic Club of New York, a member of the Denison University Parent Advancement Council, and is on the Board of Directors of the Bronxville School Foundation.

Paul E. Raether T'73

General Partner, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co

Paul Raether is a member of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. in their New York City office. Prior to joining this private equity firm in 1980, he was vice president of Blyth Eastman Dillon & Company's Corporate Finance Department, director of financial analysis for Texasgulf Corporation, and a member of the corporate finance department of Reynolds Securities.

Mr. Raether is active on a number of boards, serving as the chairman of the board at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. He also serves as a trustee of the Board of Overseers for the Tuck School of Business and a trustee of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Foundation. He served as an officer in the United States Navy.

He obtained his BA from Trinity College and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Alice Ruth D’83

Chief Investment Officer, Dartmouth College Investment Office

Alice Ruth D’83 was named chief investment officer (CIO) of the Dartmouth College Investment Office (DCIO) on March 13, 2017, succeeding Pamela Peedin D’89, T’98 who spent more than six years as CIO. In her new role, Ruth will oversee Dartmouth’s investment office and management of the College’s $4.5 billion endowment. She will also manage additional college funds totaling approximately $1 billion.

Prior to joining DCIO, Ruth spent eight years as chief investment officer for Michael Bloomberg’s family office, known as Willett Advisors, in New York City. She also served in the same capacity for Bloomberg at Quadrangle Group. Before Quadrangle, she was CIO for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, where she led and shaped a $6 billion portfolio. And prior to Moore, she spent 12 years at Montgomery Securities as a senior managing director and co-director of equity research.

Tore Rynning-Nielsen T’85

Senior Partner, Herkules Capital AS

Tore Rynning-Nielsen co-founded Herkules Private Equity Fund in 2003. Mr. Rynning-Nielsen is responsible partner for investments in European House of Beds, Hatteland Display and Odlo. Herkules buyout funds total $2.2 billion. He has more than 20 years of international corporate finance experience, including as a principal, an advisor and an investor. In 1999 he founded the private education company B+W Learning Systems AS, and grew that company through both acquisitions and organic growth in Norway and Sweden. He was president and CEO of the company until 2003. He has also held positions as managing director of Enskilda Securities' Norwegian operations and as senior vice president and treasurer of Holberg Industrier Inc. in Greenwich, Connecticut. From 1985 to 1988, Mr. Rynning-Nielsen worked at Merrill Lynch Capital Markets in New York, responsible for origination of fixed income instruments for clients in Europe and Asia.

He obtained his BBA magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts and he received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Warren (“Renny”) C. Smith Jr. T'83 (Chairman)

Managing Director, Staley Capital Management

Renny Smith is the managing partner of Staley Capital Management, which he co-founded in 2008. Staley Capital’s primary focus is providing growth capital for business services companies. In 1990, Mr. Smith joined Thomas H. Lee Partners  and was one of the Partners responsible for investing Thomas H. Lee Equity Funds II, III and IV. Some of the investments he was responsible for include Finlay Fine Jewelry, Thermoscan, Rayovac and Eye Care Centers of America. In 1999 he co-founded TH Lee Putnam Ventures, a $1.1 billion growth equity fund. Mr. Smith has a long history of investing in retail, consumer product companies and marketing services and IT solutions for those markets. He is the Chairman of Parago, Inc. and serves on the Boards of 4R Systems and Aspen Marketing Services. Mr. Smith is the Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship at the Tuck School of Business and is a former Co-Chairman of Tuck's MBA Advisory Board. Mr. Smith is also a member of Wesleyan University’s Board of Trustees and serves on its endowment portfolio sub-committee. 

He obtained his BA from Wesleyan University and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Stephen J. Socolof T'87

Managing Partner, New Venture Partners LLC

Steve Socolof is a managing partner of New Venture Partners. This firm is the spin-off by Lucent Technologies of its New Ventures Group venture incubator for Bell Labs. New Venture Partners manages a portfolio of 27 companies, which were based on Bell Labs technology. Lucent continues as a limited partner along with new financial partners like Coller Capital. Mr. Socolof joined Lucent in 1996 with the charter to employ a venture-capital model as an alternative commercialization approach for bringing Bell Labs technology to market quickly. The New Ventures Group became one of the most successful, recognized corporate venture incubators, launching 34 new companies and producing a 35 percent IRR on invested capital by Lucent over its lifetime. Prior to joining Lucent Technologies, Mr. Socolof spent eight years with the management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. At Booz Allen, he was one of the firm's leaders in helping clients improve their innovation and product development processes.

He obtained his BA, and his BS from Stanford University and he received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Russell W. Steenberg T'83

Managing Director, BlackRock, Inc

Russ Steenberg is the global head of Private Equity Partners, having joined the Adviser in July 1999 as founder and head of Private Equity Partners. Prior to joining the Adviser, he was a co-founder and managing director of Fenway Partners, a middle-market buyout group with US $1.4 billion of capital. From 1983 until joining Fenway in 1995, Mr. Steenberg was employed by AT&T Investment Management Company, where he was co-head of the AT&T Pension Fund’s US $3.6 billion private equity investment portfolio. In that capacity, he participated in sourcing, structuring, executing, and monitoring the investments of the AT&T Master Pension Trust in non-publicly traded debt and equity securities, as well as in private equity partnerships. While at AT&T and Fenway Partners, Mr. Steenberg made over 100 private equity investments with 36 general partners, committing or investing an aggregate of over US $3.6 billion of capital (US$337 million to venture capital fund investments, US$2.5 billion to other private equity fund investments and US$795 million to direct investments). Mr. Steenberg currently serves on the advisory boards of the following funds or GPs:  SKM Equity Fund III, Quadrangle Capital Partners, Lindsay Goldberg & Bessemer, Partech International, Clayton Dubilier & Rice VII, and Parallel Investment Partners.

He obtained his BA from St. Lawrence University, his MPA from the American University, and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

George J. Still Jr. T'84

Partner Emeritus, Norwest Venture Partners

George Still joined Norwest Venture Partners in October 1989, and is a managing partner of several Norwest Venture Capital Partnerships. During his 25 years in the venture capital field, he has invested in 44 companies, of which 18 have gone public and 16 have been acquired. Mr. Still was the sole venture investor in PeopleSoft and spent over 10 years on the company's board of directors. PeopleSoft grew from a start-up to an S&P 500 company with revenues in excess of $2 billion until it was acquired by Oracle for over $10 billion. In addition, he was a co-founder of several companies, including PeopleMan (acquired by PeopleSoft), Verio (acquired by NTT) and Website Pros (WSPI). Other notable investments include Brooks Fiber Communications (acquired by WorldCom), Corio (acquired by IBM), Netro (acquired by SR Telecom), SeeBeyond (acquired by Sun Microsystems), Octane Software (acquired by E.piphany), OneCom (acquired by Nextel), Chordiant Software (CHRD), 3DFX (acquired by NVidia), Octel Communications (acquired by Lucent), Intrepid Systems (acquired by PeopleSoft) and Metapath International (acquired by Marconi). Currently, he is lead investor and serves on the board of directors of Rackspace (RAX), an IT Hosting Solutions Company. Mr. Still served as a director of the National Venture Capital Association from 1995 to 2000 and on the Stanford Business School Venture Capital Trust from 1997 to 2001. Mr. Still also serves on the board of directors for the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health.

He obtained his BS from Pennsylvania State University and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

John S. Taylor Sr. T’79

Former Vice President of Research, National Venture Capital Association

John Taylor was Vice President of Research at National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) through 2015, which is based in Washington, DC. He joined NVCA in 1996 and built the NVCA’s research function from scratch by attracting the best commercial and non-profit groups and structuring durable and robust relationships. Accurate, complete, and accessible data provided the industry necessary credibility and visibility. It also enabled association members to access to best-of-breed databases. This has encouraged research and analysis by others and is providing insight into what creates great companies. In 2003, he co-founded the NVCA CFO Task Force, which focuses on regulation and emerging issues dealing with investment company financial reporting, private company reporting, and responsible industry transparency and disclosure. Today, members of this group have seats at the table of key national and international policy-making groups.

Mr. Taylor is frequently quoted by major newspapers and magazines on the subject of venture capital and has recently provided commentary on CNBC, WSJ, Bloomberg radio, NPR Morning Edition, The Jim Campbell Show, The Frank Peters Show, various podcasts, and regional newspapers. He is well known among industry leaders, academic leaders, national and local reporters, and senior policy making officials.

Mr. Taylor has served as a board member of both for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations. In 1998, he was awarded the Maryland Governors Citation for outstanding volunteer service for his work as chairman of Boys and Girls Homes of Maryland. He recently joined the Advisory Board of the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship at the Amos Tuck School. In August 2010, he was appointed to the newly-established Nelson County (VA) Broadband Advisory Committee.

He obtained his BS from Dickinson College and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Stephen Vicinelli D’87

Former Managing Director, TIFF Investment Management

Most recently, Stephen Vicinelli served as Deputy Chief Investment Officer for TIFF Investment Management, a provider of investment solutions to the non-profit community. Stephen was a member of TIFF’s Management Committee and a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. He also spent 15 years leading TIFF’s private investment program raising 25 private funds with roughly $2.5 billion of capital on behalf of non-profit investors. Stephen served on the Advisory Boards of over 20 private investment managers.

Prior to joining TIFF, Stephen spent 10 years at Morgan Stanley, where he held positions in the firm’s mergers and acquisitions, technology corporate finance, and realty advisory practices. For nine of those years, he was based in London, where he had significant exposure to the global private equity community as an advisor, underwriter, and co-investor. Before joining Morgan Stanley, Stephen was employed by the investment banking division of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in the firm’s New York and Dallas offices. He serves as a member of the investment committee for The Hotchkiss School.

Stephen obtained his AB in history from Dartmouth College and received his MBA from Columbia Business School.