Brian brings experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors in developed and developing countries. He has been involved with sourcing, underwriting, monitoring and managing direct investments in innovative early-stage ventures since joining GGV in 2005. He was instrumental in establishing the Impact Ventures team, as well as building the initial GMC social investment portfolio.
Gray Ghost's investment portfolio has achieved numerous leading accolades in the industry, including the GSMA's 'Best Use of Mobile Technology for Social and Economic Development' (CellBazaar) and the Financial Times' 'Best Use of Technology for Sustainable Finance' (M-Kopa).
Brian was an early employee of Benevolink, where he was involved in a variety of aspects of product, technology, and business development. He has also held positions at CARE International, where he was Deputy Director for the southern Balkans offices, and KPMG, here he served as a consultant in the business valuations practice. Brian began his career as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Turkmenistan, Central Asia.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Brian holds an MBA from Georgia State University and a BA from the University of Georgia, having graduated summa cum laude from the university's Honors Program. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
When he is not trying to keep up with his energetic daughter and son, Brian enjoys mountain biking, playing soccer, and CrossFit. He serves as an Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Brian resides with his wife and family in Decatur, Georgia, in the United States, where Mayberry meets Berkeley.
Brian is a member of Fellows Class 13, and served his fellowship at Gray Ghost Ventures in Atlanta, GA, under the mentorship of Pete Peyton.