Rhianon Anderson

Rhianon Anderson is the Senior Programs Director for Venture Forward. She focuses on efforts that break down barriers to access and participation in the VC ecosystem, expand diversity, equity and inclusion, and provide members of the VC community support and resources to help them succeed. Before joining Venture Forward, Rhianon spent several years with Girls […]

Justin Cruz

Justin Cruz is the Data Operations Manager for Venture Forward. He is responsible for the data-related processes, systems, and infrastructure to support Venture Forward’s goals and objectives. Prior to joining Venture Forward, Justin worked at Salesforce as a business operations and data analyst working on Industry Cloud and Partner Programs. He focused on developing platforms […]

Maryam Haque

Maryam is the Executive Director of Venture Forward, where she leads the organization in its mission to shape the future of venture capital. She previously served as SVP of Industry Advancement at the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), where she incubated several Venture Forward initiatives. At NVCA, she led research and data, education, and diversity […]

Alexandra O’Leary

Alexandra O’Leary is the Marketing & Communications Director of Venture Forward, spearheading efforts to elevate brand visibility and tell impactful stories about the organization. With experience spanning over a decade, Alexandra’s expertise extends across industries. As a communication consultant, she collaborated directly with early-stage VC firms, emphasizing the pivotal role of the VC-founder relationship and […]


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