Caroline Schellhas and R.L. Condra Join as Vice Presidents

April 1, 2023

Contact: Robin Ceppos

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) announces the appointments of Caroline Schellhas and R.L. Condra as Vice Presidents, Government Affairs. With bipartisan expertise and years of policy experience, Caroline and R.L. are poised to drive NVCA’s advocacy efforts forward during a pivotal time for the venture capital industry.

Caroline Schellhas brings extensive tax policy expertise to NVCA, most recently as Senior Director of Government Affairs of Tax for Pfizer, Inc. Prior to Pfizer, she held key roles at Johnson & Johnson and spent seven years in the public sector working for the U.S. House of Representatives. Her tenure at Pfizer was marked by her adept handling of both domestic and international tax issues, including significant contributions to The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA). Notably, Caroline chaired the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Tax Committee and co-chaired the Finance and Tax Committee for the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), underscoring her commitment to fostering competition and protecting innovation in the U.S. market.

“Caroline’s profound grasp of tax policy and her history of impactful advocacy will be indispensable to NVCA,” said Bobby Franklin, NVCA President and CEO.  “Her expertise not only positions us favorably to incentivize investment in innovative new companies but also equips us to navigate the intricate terrain of tax reform and defend the VC industry in anticipation of the expiration of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA).”

R.L. Condra brings over two decades of experience in advocacy and policy development, making him a formidable addition to the NVCA team. R. L’s diverse background includes serving as Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Government Programs at the National Cooperative Bank, where he directed legislative activities at both federal and state levels.

Reflecting on R.L’s appointment, Bobby added, “R.L. knows how policymakers think and his deep understanding of capital markets and the legislative processes is a critical asset to our membership as we engage with government to advance policies that promote a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem.”


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 U.S. 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