Kim Sanchez Rael
Kim Sanchez Rael is a passionate business leader, a startup veteran, and investor in innovation. She has extensive experience as an operating executive and as a venture capitalist, focusing on early-stage investments in technology companies. Kim recently founded Arrah Ventures and serves as President.
Before Arrah, Kim was a General Partner at Flywheel Ventures, where she focused on investments in optics, energy, and water. She has particular strengths in growing product-based companies; improving management, operations, and financing; and building public-private partnerships. Kim served on the board for MIOX Corp, Lingotek, and Tred Displays.
br> Kim has an extensive background in both startup and Fortune 50 companies. Before her career in venture, she co-founded the advanced energy company Qynergy, and held numerous management positions at Intel, where she managed a $200 million capital budget, led planning for a $1 billion expansion, and held roles in finance, operations and strategic planning.
Prior to Intel, she served as an aide in the US Senate focusing on foreign affairs and science and technology policy. Kim has served on the New Mexico State Board of Finance and the Governor?s Water Infrastructure Investment Team and has been repeatedly featured as a New Mexico top business "Power Broker" and was recognized as one of New Mexico?s "Top 10 Women of Influence" in 2006 by the New Mexico Business Weekly. She co-founded Social Venture Partners New Mexico, a philanthropy group.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Kim earned a Bachelor's degree, with Honors, from Harvard University and an MBA and a Certificate in Public Management from Stanford University. She also served as a Rotary International Graduate Scholar/Ambassador of Goodwill in Caracas, Venezuela.
A member of Fellows Class 11, Kim served her fellowship at Flywheel Ventures, headquartered in Santa Fe, New Mexico, under the mentorship of Trevor Loy.