Eight VCs Join NVCA Board and Barry Eggers of Lightspeed Appointed Chair

June 4, 2020

Contact: Cassie Ann Kiggen
Phone: 202-864-5923
Email: ckiggen@nvca.org

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) announced today that Barry Eggers, Founding Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners, will serve as the 2020-2021 Chair of the NVCA Board of Directors. His appointment was made official at NVCA’s virtual June board meeting today.

“We are excited about Barry assuming the role as the new Chair of the NVCA Board of Directors,” said Bobby Franklin, President and CEO of NVCA. “Barry becomes Chair at a critical time for NVCA and our advocacy work. As the global COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn impact startups and venture investment, we are fighting for policies that support young companies during this turbulent time. The VC and startup industry are on the forefront of combating COVID-19, and the creation and growth of startups will be essential to rebuilding the economy across every region and in every diverse community of our country. As Chair, Barry will be a crucial leader for NVCA in advancing startup and VC policy during this unprecedented time, accelerating our efforts to expand opportunities for men and women of all backgrounds to thrive in the venture industry, and representing the interests of the entire entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

Eggers is preceded as Chair of the NVCA Board of Directors by Jan Garfinkle, Founder & Managing Partner at Arboretum Ventures.

“Jan has been a true champion for NVCA and our policy priorities for many years, educating and communicating to policy-makers about our industry and its role in advancing medical science and innovation, enhancing our connection with VCs in the middle of the country, and expanding our education initiatives, among many other efforts,” said Franklin. “I am grateful for all of Jan’s dedicated work on behalf of NVCA and the industry, which has helped position the organization and the entrepreneurial ecosystem for success in the years ahead.”

In addition to installing a new chair, NVCA also announced the appointment of eight new directors to its board. This year, the association welcomes the following new board members to serve a four-year term from 2020-2024:

  • Byron Deeter, Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners
  • Carmen Palafox, Partner at MiLA
  • Gillian Munson, Partner at Union Square Ventures
  • Greg Sands, Founder & Managing Partner at Costanoa Ventures
  • Jill Jarrett, Chief Financial Officer at Benchmark
  • Kirk Nielsen, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Vensana Capital
  • Peter Chung, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at Summit Partners
  • Scott Dorsey, Managing Partner at High Alpha

NVCA today also named Michael Brown, General Partner at Battery Ventures, as Chair-Elect. He along with Eggers; Denise Marks, formerly SV Health Investors (Treasurer); Andy Schwab, Managing Partner of 5AM Ventures (Secretary); Patricia Nakache, General Partner at Trinity Ventures (At-Large); Emily Melton, Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Threshold Ventures (At-Large); and Mohamad Makhzoumi, General Partner at NEA (At-Large), make up the Executive Committee of the NVCA Board of Directors.


About National Venture Capital Association

The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) empowers the next generation of American companies that will fuel the economy of tomorrow. As the voice of the US venture capital and startup community, NVCA advocates for public policy that supports the American entrepreneurial ecosystem. Serving the venture community as the preeminent trade association, NVCA arms the venture community for success, serving as the leading resource for venture capital data, practical education, peer-led initiatives, and networking. For more information about NVCA, please visit www.nvca.org.