Dear Members and Friends of NVCA:
As you all return from what has hopefully been a productive and rejuvenating summer, so too do we at the NVCA, with a robust and exciting agenda for the coming weeks and months. Today, the staff and I are gathered in Washington D.C. discussing our top priorities and strategies in the areas of policy, research, communications and membership. Today is officially my first day as President and CEO of the association, and I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about the promise that lies ahead. It is a privilege to lead an organization comprised of individuals and firms that fuel the innovation economy, drive job creation and company growth, and change the way in which we live and work for the better. Ours is a story worth telling – here in Washington D.C. – and across the country and I am looking forward to sharing that narrative with critical stakeholders and influencers who matter to the future of our ecosystem.
So what can you expect from me?
In my previous position with CTIA -The Wireless Association®, we had a motto which was simply, “Listen, Learn, and then Lead.” My first 90 days as NVCA President and CEO will be committed to hearing from members, staff and other industry participants regarding the most pressing challenges and opportunities for your firms and portfolio companies – some of which I am already very much aware of and others I have yet to learn. I hope to meet many of you in person as I begin to attend events across the country and immerse myself in the industry. I will be working closely with NVCA President Emeritus Mark Heesen, our Board of Directors, and the very capable NVCA staff in setting a course for the coming year. And I encourage you to reach out to me and share your thoughts and concerns about the future of the NVCA and the venture capital industry.
As always, there is much work to be done but I am confident we are building on a very solid foundation which would not have been formed without the support of our members. Please expect to hear from me often – and I hope I can count on you to do the same.