About Us:

Helping venture capital find its balance

Venture Forward is the first organization to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in VC from an intersectional lens. We provide resources and opportunities to help aspiring investors enter the industry, to help current investors advance, and to help VC firms implement meaningful DEI practices.

Why Venture Forward?

Historically, VC opportunity, access, and success have been concentrated among a few demographics. Women, people of color, other marginalized communities, and people outside of a handful of metro areas have been underrepresented in VC. Our mission is to change that. Learn where the industry stands, how we got here, the risks of not prioritizing DEI, and the ways we’re addressing imbalances in VC.

Our Impact

The industry has a long way to go to reach equality of opportunity and representation that reflects the world around us. Meaningful change takes time, but we’re proud to play our part. Learn about the impact our work has had and what our community has to say.

Our Board of Directors

Our board of directors is composed of experienced VC industry professionals and experts who represent a wide range of firms, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

Meet the Team

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Amani Sawyer
Research Intern
San Diego, CA
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Wendy Qian
Research Intern
Ann Arbor, MI
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Sydnie Smith
Research Intern
Boston, MA
Alexandra O'Leary
Alexandra O'Leary
Marketing & Communications Director
San Francisco, CA

Donors & Sponsors

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we are solely funded through tax-deductible donations and corporate sponsorship. The generous financial support of our donors and sponsors makes our work possible, and allows us to provide resources, programs, and opportunities to the VC community. Meet the donors helping us create a stronger, more inclusive industry.

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