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Unattributed | Alive

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$200K | 4 yrs ago

About Graham & Walker

Graham & Walker is a private network of women startup founders and CEOs, and the community that supports them, who work together to help each other succeed.

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1411 4th Ave

Seattle, Washington, 98101,

United States

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The women writing checks: A list of female venture capitalists in the Pacific Northwest

Aug 10, 2022

Back in 2018, GeekWire published a list of women investors based in the Pacific Northwest who were writing checks to help startups grow. A lot has changed in four years. We’ve put together a new compilation below, highlighting nearly 60 women venture capitalists across Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver B.C. Venture capital dollars reached record levels in 2021 . But U.S. companies founded by only women raised just 2.4% of total capital invested — a percentage that hasn’t grown in recent years, despite many headlines and attention on the giant gender gap in venture capital. Evidence  suggests that the lack of female leaders in venture capital ranks makes firms less likely to invest in female-led startups. There are some signs of progress. Our updated list has grown compared to 2018, and this year we only included women in senior roles, such as founders of firms or managing directors and partners. The 2018 list also included angel investors. “The landscape looks much, much different today,” said Leslie Feinzaig , founder of Seattle-based women-focused venture firm Graham & Walker. More than 15% of general partners at VC firms nationwide are women, up from 12% in 2019, according to a PitchBook report from November. Add to the list: Email us at for suggested additions “The importance of that increase, as modest as it may look, extends beyond the increase itself,” PitchBook said in its report. “Studies and dozens of anecdotes suggest that female founders tend to seek out female investors and that the chances of a female-founded company successfully securing financing can rise with a female investor in the room.” PitchBook reported that startups founded only by women accounted for 6.9% of U.S. venture capital deal count in 2022 through June, a decade high, even with the disproportionate impacts of the pandemic on women in the workforce. That number was 18.2% for companies with both female and male founders. However, for total capital raised, female-founded startups have raised just 1.9% of dollars thus far in 2022, slightly lower than last year. “There are a lot of interesting technologies coming out of Seattle, with women founders at the top,” she said. “That is really exciting, and I think we’ll see a lot more in the next decade.” Women founders are the “lynchpin of this entire ecosystem,” Mandela Schumacher-Hodge Dixon , CEO of All Raise, said on Bloomberg earlier this year. Dixon in March became CEO of the nonprofit that aims to boost female founders and funders. Dixon told Forbes in June that the current economic downturn could cause investors to pull back on diversity-related initiatives. But she said it’s an even bigger opportunity for checkwriters. “I would really encourage them to check in with themselves and understand this opportunity they have … to continue to boldly move forward and make bets, to give opportunities to people who have not had that opportunity so we don’t lose all the progress that’s been made,” she said. The list is meant to be a community resource and a living document, so  please email us at  with suggested additions or feedback. Investors are listed below in alphabetical order. Sarah Applebaum. Elizabeth Bernstein was previously portfolio manager at Invesco US before joining Cercano Management (formerly Vulcan Capital) in 2019. She also worked as an equity analyst at Wells Fargo, Banc of America Securities, and Allianz Global Investors Capital. Adriane Brown. Adriane Brown previously served as president and COO of Intellectual Ventures and president of Honeywell Transportation Systems. She is currently on the boards of American Airlines, KKR, Axon, eBay and the Washington Research Foundation. Brown is an advisor for  The Black Boardroom Initiative , a new effort from Perkins Coie that launched this year to increase the number of Black leaders on public boards. Minda Brusse. Minda Brusse co-founded First Row Partners in December 2019. She also co-founded The $1k Project in April 2020, a volunteer collective providing cash relief for families impacted by the pandemic. She is a venture partner at 2048 Ventures and held leadership roles at Grubstakes and the Seattle Angel Conference as an angel and fund manager. Naynika Chaubey. Naynika Chaubey joined Evok Innovations in November after working in energy project finance and private equity. She was previously vice president at Bear Stearns, SoCore Energy, and Wirsol Solar Americas. She also managed portfolios at US Renewables Group and Cascade Investment. Ana Chaud. Ana Chaud joined Elevate Capital in February 2020 and is CEO of Lodestar. She also founded Chaud & CO in 2019 and co-founded Garden Bar in 2013. She was a board member of TiE Oregon, Entrepreneurs Organization, and Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon. Hope Cochran. Hope Cochran joined Madrona in January 2017 and spent two years as a venture partner before becoming the first female managing director at the firm in 2019. She was previously a CFO at King, maker of Candy Crush, as well as Clearwire and Evant. She serves on the boards of AI2, Hasbro, MongoDB and NewRelic. Karen Cone. Karen Cone , venture partner at Sybilla Masters Fund Karen Cone held various senior executive positions before joining Sybilla Masters Fund in September 2018. She was CEO at TowerGroup and a general manager at Microsoft. She is also on advisory boards for Women in Cloud and early stage growth technology firms. Emer Dooley. Emer Dooley was executive director of the Alliance of Angels seed fund for nearly 15 years. She joined Creative Destruction Lab in 2020 to lead the organization’s Seattle accelerator. Dooley also teaches at the University of Washington’s business school. Edith Dorsen. Robin Jones. Robin Jones , executive partner at Elevate Capital Robin Jones held leadership positions at Motorola Ventures, Geoloqi, Esri, and Socrata. She founded Moica in 2020, served as COO at Public Market, and is currently CEO at Monsoon Inc. Jones joined Portland, Ore.-based Elevate Capital in 2016. Anne Kennedy. Anne Kennedy joined Sybilla Masters Fund in 2013. She founded Beyond Ink in 1997, which supported the online launches of companies such as Zillow, Jib-Jab, and Avvo. She is co-author of Global Search Engine Marketing, one of the first books on international digital marketing, and serves on several advisory boards. Karin Kidder. Susan Namkung. Susan Namkung , director at Women’s VC Fund II Susan Namkung is a former corporate M&A lawyer who joined Portland, Ore.-based Women’s VC Fund in 2013 as principal. She became a director in 2017 when the firm launched it second fund to invest in more companies with management teams inclusive of women. Jill Nelson. Jill Nelson , executive partner at Elevate Capital Jill Nelson founded Ruby Receptionists in 2003 before joining Elevate Capital in February 2020. She was the first woman to be named Oregon’s Technology Executive of the Year in 2017. She previously worked in sales at Businessland and as a business broker at IBA. Lisa Nelson. Lisa Nelson is a Microsoft veteran who previously led the company’s venture capital arm as managing director. She joined Flying Fish last year. Nelson has more 25 years of experience as a senior executive. She led investments in startups including Pixvana, Zipwhip, and Make.TV. Brigid O’Brien. Brigid O’Brien was a research physical scientist for the U.S. Army before joining In-Q-Tel as a managing director. She joined BHP in 2020 and looks for early-stage companies working in decarbonization and sustainable resource extraction. Yoko Okano. Yoko Okano spent seven years at Google as an associate and strategist before co-founding First Row Partners in December 2019. She has been an angel investor since 2015 and previously helped lead Grubstakes, a Seattle-based group of angel investors that fund and mentor startups. She was also fund manager for Seattle Angel Conference XIV and worked in product marketing for Smartwhere. Maria Pacella. Vanessa Pegueros previously worked at AT&T, Nextel Communications, JPMorgan Chase, Expedia, US Bank, DocuSign, and OneLogin. She joined Flying Fish in November 2018 and also serves on the board at Presidio and Forterra. Genevieve Pinto. Genevieve Pinto was a partner at McCarthy Tetrault for a decade before joining Vancouver, B.C.-based Renewal Funds, which focuses on sustainable consumer products, and food and environmental tech. She also co-founded The RAISE Collective, which aimed to support women investors and entrepreneurs. Meredith Powell. Meredith Powell , venture partner at Voyager Capital Meredith Powell founded three startups before joining Voyager Capital in 2017. She was also global chief marketing officer at Microsoft for a year and has served on several boards. Susan Preston. Susan Preston , managing member at SeaChange Fund Susan Preston is a longtime investor and currently a managing member of SeaChangeFund, a Seattle-based angel group, and the Element 8 Fund, a cleantech investment group. Preston has held more than 35 board positions with public and privately held corporations. Amy Rae. Anu Shukla had more than 25 years of high-tech industry experience before joining Elevate Capital. She is founder and CEO of software startups including Rubric, MyBuys, Offerpal Media, and RewardsPay. She is also the co-founder and executive chairman of, a fully automated marketing platform powered by AI. Rohre Titcomb. Rohre Titcomb co-founded Five Bamboo, Seattle Cascades, and Five Ultimate before joining Graham & Walker (formerly Female Founders Alliance) in 2019. She became a partner earlier this year. She was also project manager of Girl Rising, a non-profit organization aiming to change how the world values and invests in girls. Martina Welkhoff. Martina Welkhoff is a two-time founder who launched Women in XR in 2017. The firm backs gender-diverse companies in spatial computing (VR/AR) and artificial intelligence. Welkhoff was a former board president at Seattle Women in Tech and serves on the board of Obsess. Rochelle Whelan. Rochelle Whelan spent nine years at Intel in marketing roles before joining Seattle-based Keeler in 2007. Keeler backs Seattle and San Francisco-based pre-seed and seed stage tech companies. Whelan has served as a board member of the Alliance of Angels, the University of Washington Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, and Girl Scouts of Western Washington. Melissa Widner. (Lighter Capital Photo) Melissa Widner was general partner at SeaPoint Ventures and managing director at NAB Ventures before taking the CEO reins at Lighter Capital, an “alternative VC” firm based in Seattle that provides revenue-based financing to software companies. Sonali Vaid is a high school senior in the Seattle area with an interest in entrepreneurship and sustainability. She previously interned at the University of Washington-Bothell to research the GeekWire 200. She also manages her own LLC , and publishes articles for a Pacific Northwest environmental sustainability newsletter. Share

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  • When was Graham & Walker founded?

    Graham & Walker was founded in 2017.

  • Where is Graham & Walker's headquarters?

    Graham & Walker's headquarters is located at 1411 4th Ave, Seattle.

  • What is Graham & Walker's latest funding round?

    Graham & Walker's latest funding round is Unattributed.

  • How much did Graham & Walker raise?

    Graham & Walker raised a total of $200K.

  • Who are the investors of Graham & Walker?

    Investors of Graham & Walker include Dennis Joyce and Sarah Imbach.

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