Patricia Mora

  • Patricia is the Executive Assistant to the President & CEO. She plays a key role in anticipating the needs of the CEO and the Senior Management team. She assists with day-to-day operations, administrative tasks, and other special projects pivotal to the team. Patricia has a vibrant personality, a keen attention to detail, and the entrepreneurial courage to take on new challenges.

    Prior to Kauffman Fellows, Patricia was a Consumer Finance Manager and also held roles as a Human Resource manager and Executive Assistant. Patricia holds a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Learning & Development as well as Spanish Language Teaching from the University of Texas at Austin.

    In her spare time, Patricia enjoys traveling with her fiance and spending time with her family. She is a dog lover and has 2 fur babies at home.

Patricia Mora
Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

Nihar Neelakanti

  • Nihar currently splits his time between the Kauffman Fellows Fund and the Kauffman Fellows. He works on new strategic initiatives and opportunities to help expand the org. Previously he was an analyst at Correlation Ventures where he focused on sourcing and investments in Los Angeles. Nihar graduated from USC with a bachelors in business administration. An avid lover of the arts, Nihar will never turn down an opportunity to meet a soon-to-be discovered artist or geek out over the newest kicks.

Nihar Neelakanti

Gopi Sundaramurthy

  • Prior to the Kauffman Fellows, Gopi worked with IBM Watson Health as an Advisory Data Scientist where he led multiple analytical and research studies for large pharmaceutical clients.
    Gopi holds a Masters and Ph.D. in Systems Biology from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. His thesis was based on studying the mechanism of complex disorders using mathematical and network models. He completed his bachelors in engineering from R.V.C.E, India.
    Gopi and his wife love to travel and camp, especially at National Parks. His favorite National Park is Zion.
    “In the fields of observation chance favours only the prepared mind.” - Louis Pasteur

Gopinath Sundaramurthy
Data Science Manager

Lisa Doherty

  • Lisa started with Kauffman Fellows in 2008 one day a week handling accounting, audit and tax.   Ten years later she is the Director of Finance and Administration still making sure all the numbers tick and tie.  Previously, Lisa spent 15 years as a finance and accounting consultant for small companies, assisting several thru successful acquisitions.  She graduated from St. Mary’s College of California and earned her CPA at a firm in San Francisco.   Lisa lives part of the year in Lake Tahoe enjoying the outdoor adventures available but truthfully happiest lounging with a book or playing cards with the family.

Lisa Doherty
Director of Finance & Administration

Jessie Slocum

  • Jessie Slocum supports the two-year Kauffman Fellows Program and the Fellows’ subsequent transition into the Network post-graduation through designing and measuring interactive learning experiences. In this role, she leverages her background as an educator and instructional coach to develop an engaging and cutting-edge curriculum. She focuses on evaluating the impact of the learning experience, supporting faculty preparation, and constructing the overall communication strategy.
    Prior to joining Kauffman Fellows, Jessie managed a team of educators at General Assembly, where she created the onboarding and professional development program for their global instructional community. She previously taught elementary special education and ran her own tutoring business in the Northern Virginia area.
    Jessie holds a BA in economics from the University of Virginia. Outside of Kauffman Fellows, you can find her joyfully exploring National Parks or hosting craft and cocktail nights in her San Francisco home.

Jessie Slocum
Learning Design Manager

Katlyn Mease

  • Katlyn Mease joined Kauffman Fellows in October 2016 to assist the team with recruiting and class selection. Katlyn serves as the point of contact for candidates as they move through the selection process from their initial application, through the interview process, to their ultimate transition to Fellow.
    Prior to joining Kauffman Fellows, Katlyn served as an associate project manager for Miller Inspiration, a small team focused on company culture and employee engagement. She was also operations manager for Sustainable Startups, a nonprofit focused on helping people through the early stages of entrepreneurship. The switch to Kauffman Fellows has since provided an energetic and challenging environment, with no shortage of incredible people.
    A University of Utah graduate and Salt Lake City native, Katlyn loves anything outdoors especially when it involves her family and friends.

Katlyn Mease
Recruiting & Class Design

Bill Tobin

  • Bill Tobin is currently a Program Advisor and Fellows Coach at KFP.  During the two-year program, he works with the program team to design, implement and execute module content that will optimize the fellow experience, including identfying and recruiting speakers.  He also coaches the fellows during their fellowship and beyond on their Personal Development Plans (PDPs) and day-to-day strategies and tactics for success.  In his other day job, Bill is a partner at the Strayer Consulting Group, an organization development firm that specializes in helping venture-backed start-up companies and investment groups build strong management teams.  He brings 25 years of consulting and high technology experience to his work, including founding executive and board member at multiple startups. Bill is an experienced business consultant and coach who offers his clients hard-won technical and organizational insights.
    Bill has an undergraduate engineering degree from Drexel University and has completed graduate engineering and business studies at Stanford University and the University of California.  He loves getting outside to run, mountain bike, and ski and in his copious spare time enjoys books, music, food and wine. A Philadelphia native, Bill lives in San Jose, CA with his wife, Joy; they enjoy traveling to visit their two daughters in Berlin and New York city.

Bill Tobin
Fellows Coach / Prog. Advisor

Kirsten Owens

  • Kirsten joined Kauffman Fellows in September 2011 and leads all aspects of the Program and learning design experience. She's responsible for the overall strategy, design, delivery, and evaluation of the curriculum and Fellows' experience, recruitment and engagement of speakers and faculty, event management and logistics, and the development of additional educational product offerings. Kirsten also leads the Kauffman Fellows Curriculum Advisory Board, whose members include subject matter experts in investing acumen and behavioral fitness.
    To this role Kirsten brings experience in both the public and private sectors. Previously, she worked in the administrative district office supporting the Superintendent and Board of Trustees for a large public high school district in the Bay Area. Before that, she gained eleven years of experience as part of an executive coaching and management consulting firm.

Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Kirsten graduated cum laude with a BS in industrial/organizational psychology from California State University, East Bay.

Kirsten lives in Bainbridge Island, WA with her husband and young daughter. She has a passion for traveling both locally and internationally, loves to be active outdoors, and enjoys finding new places to enjoy a great meal.

Kirsten Owens
Director of Learning Design

Collin West

  • At Kauffman Fellows, Collin is focused on exploring new revenue concepts for the organization, with a specific focus on a Kauffman Fellows direct investment fund. Previously, he was on the founding fund team at Correlation Ventures, where he served his fellowship (Class 17), leading over 35 investments while bridging both the investment and analytics teams. Before his venture career, Collin he founded businesses in digital advertising and adventure travel, and was an IT Strategy consultant at Accenture.

    Collin is also Co-Chairman of NextGen Partners, a Silicon Valley-based organization that facilitates professional development, knowledge sharing, and network strengthening of pre-partner level VC investors.

    Collin holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University in finance, with Honors and magna cum laude.

    An avid competitor, he spends his free time taking on big adventures. Collin and his team of four recently broke a Guinness World Record, completing the longest expedition across the Arctic Ocean by rowboat, covering over 1,000 miles non-stop and unsupported for 41 days.

Collin West
Fund Co-Founding Partner

Jewel Savadelis

  • Bringing out the best in people. That’s what I do. Every day I am privileged to work with people who are passionate about having a positive impact on their family, their firm, their community, and the world. I listen to candidates’ self-reflections on who they are, and what they want to do with the time they have on earth. It’s a job I was born to do.

As Vice President of Recruiting and Class Design, each year our team curates and designs a diverse class of exceptional Fellows. When every member of a class contributes in full measure, the Society of Kauffman Fellows will continue to be the best we can be.

Jewel Savadelis
VP, Recruiting & Class Design

Remi Morita

  • Remi Morita joined Kauffman Fellows in February 2014. She provides support for curriculum and events, handles various administrative needs of the team, and strives to always think "Fellows first". Prior to Kauffman Fellows, she worked in a series of start-ups in roles from human resources to marketing.
    Remi is bilingual in English and Japanese. She enjoys spending her time volunteering in the community, discovering the best local places to eat, and experiencing nature out in the desert where she currently resides.

Remi Morita
Sr. Associate, Curriculum & Events

Anna Doherty

  • John McIntyre leads the Kauffman Fellows Network, a global community of “smart, connected capital” comprised of the 525 Kauffman Fellows across 40+ countries.
    Prior to joining Kauffman Fellows, John was the Managing Director of the Citrix Startup Accelerator, a global open innovation platform, providing seed funding and a full accelerator program to early stage startups.  Partnering with other corporations and venture capital firms, the program delivered support and funding to over 80 startups.
    John co-founded InnerWorkings, a Dublin, Ireland and Silicon Valley-based company that was later acquired by Intuition. Subsequently, John ran the Enterprise Ireland software team in North America.   Earlier in his career, John spent 13 years at Intel where he helped launch new products and fund early-stage startups with Intel Capital.
    John holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University and is a Kauffman Fellow, Class 18.  John is an NFL co-owner (Green Bay Packers) and spends his weekend time playing tennis and mountain biking in Northern California with his lovely wife, when not back in Green Bay.

Anna Doherty
Managing Editor, KF Press

John McIntyre

  • John McIntyre leads the Kauffman Fellows Network, a global community of “smart, connected capital” comprised of the 525 Kauffman Fellows across 40+ countries.
    Prior to joining Kauffman Fellows, John was the Managing Director of the Citrix Startup Accelerator, a global open innovation platform, providing seed funding and a full accelerator program to early stage startups.  Partnering with other corporations and venture capital firms, the program delivered support and funding to over 80 startups.
    John co-founded InnerWorkings, a Dublin, Ireland and Silicon Valley-based company that was later acquired by Intuition. Subsequently, John ran the Enterprise Ireland software team in North America.   Earlier in his career, John spent 13 years at Intel where he helped launch new products and fund early-stage startups with Intel Capital.
    John holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University and is a Kauffman Fellow, Class 18.  John is an NFL co-owner (Green Bay Packers) and spends his weekend time playing tennis and mountain biking in Northern California with his lovely wife, when not back in Green Bay.

John McIntyre
VP, Society & KF Network

Jeff Harbach

  • As President and CEO of Kauffman Fellows, Jeff Harbach leads the team in delivering a world-class experience for each Fellow, providing leading-edge content around capital formation, and creating networking opportunities to help Fellows maximize their personal and professional development. As a Fellow from Class 16, he has brought a unique perspective and passion for the organization to the team since he joined as Managing Director for recruitment and class design in June 2014.

    Jeff has been an entrepreneur and investor since 2002, and was Executive Director of the Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN), based out of Austin, TX, from 2011–2013. He has led multiple startups, including two 7-Eleven stores, a luxury furniture store and interior design firm, a golf destination club, and a private country club golf network. He was also an angel investor himself with the Vegas Valley Angels.

    Jeff holds a BS in business management/information systems from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, where he served as the Director of the Venture Fellows program and the co-founder of Texas Venture Labs.

    He is married to his sweetheart and has four beautiful daughters, with whom he spends much of his time away from work. Jeff is also an ecclesiastical leader in his church and spends 15+ hours each week serving the members of the congregation. He enjoys all sports and outdoor activities, particularly golf, tennis, and running.

Jeff Harbach
President & CEO

Adele Oliva

  • John McIntyre leads the Kauffman Fellows Network, a global community of “smart, connected capital” comprised of the 525 Kauffman Fellows across 40+ countries.
    Prior to joining Kauffman Fellows, John was the Managing Director of the Citrix Startup Accelerator, a global open innovation platform, providing seed funding and a full accelerator program to early stage startups.  Partnering with other corporations and venture capital firms, the program delivered support and funding to over 80 startups.  
    John co-founded InnerWorkings, a Dublin, Ireland and Silicon Valley-based company that was later acquired by Intuition. Subsequently, John ran the Enterprise Ireland software team in North America.   Earlier in his career, John spent 13 years at Intel where he helped launch new products and fund early-stage startups with Intel Capital.
    John holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University and is a Kauffman Fellow, Class 18.  John is an NFL co-owner (Green Bay Packers) and spends his weekend time playing tennis and mountain biking in Northern California with his lovely wife, when not back in Green Bay.

Jayden Ortiz
Arabia – Class 20

Jason Green

  • John McIntyre leads the Kauffman Fellows Network, a global community of “smart, connected capital” comprised of the 525 Kauffman Fellows across 40+ countries.
    Prior to joining Kauffman Fellows, John was the Managing Director of the Citrix Startup Accelerator, a global open innovation platform, providing seed funding and a full accelerator program to early stage startups.  Partnering with other corporations and venture capital firms, the program delivered support and funding to over 80 startups.  
    John co-founded InnerWorkings, a Dublin, Ireland and Silicon Valley-based company that was later acquired by Intuition. Subsequently, John ran the Enterprise Ireland software team in North America.   Earlier in his career, John spent 13 years at Intel where he helped launch new products and fund early-stage startups with Intel Capital.
    John holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University and is a Kauffman Fellow, Class 18.  John is an NFL co-owner (Green Bay Packers) and spends his weekend time playing tennis and mountain biking in Northern California with his lovely wife, when not back in Green Bay.

Jayden Ortiz
Arabia – Class 20

Trae Vassallo

  • John McIntyre leads the Kauffman Fellows Network, a global community of “smart, connected capital” comprised of the 525 Kauffman Fellows across 40+ countries.
    Prior to joining Kauffman Fellows, John was the Managing Director of the Citrix Startup Accelerator, a global open innovation platform, providing seed funding and a full accelerator program to early stage startups.  Partnering with other corporations and venture capital firms, the program delivered support and funding to over 80 startups.  
    John co-founded InnerWorkings, a Dublin, Ireland and Silicon Valley-based company that was later acquired by Intuition. Subsequently, John ran the Enterprise Ireland software team in North America.   Earlier in his career, John spent 13 years at Intel where he helped launch new products and fund early-stage startups with Intel Capital.
    John holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University and is a Kauffman Fellow, Class 18.  John is an NFL co-owner (Green Bay Packers) and spends his weekend time playing tennis and mountain biking in Northern California with his lovely wife, when not back in Green Bay.

Jayden Ortiz
Arabia – Class 20

Mamoon Hamid

  • John McIntyre leads the Kauffman Fellows Network, a global community of “smart, connected capital” comprised of the 525 Kauffman Fellows across 40+ countries.
    Prior to joining Kauffman Fellows, John was the Managing Director of the Citrix Startup Accelerator, a global open innovation platform, providing seed funding and a full accelerator program to early stage startups.  Partnering with other corporations and venture capital firms, the program delivered support and funding to over 80 startups.  
    John co-founded InnerWorkings, a Dublin, Ireland and Silicon Valley-based company that was later acquired by Intuition. Subsequently, John ran the Enterprise Ireland software team in North America.   Earlier in his career, John spent 13 years at Intel where he helped launch new products and fund early-stage startups with Intel Capital.
    John holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University and is a Kauffman Fellow, Class 18.  John is an NFL co-owner (Green Bay Packers) and spends his weekend time playing tennis and mountain biking in Northern California with his lovely wife, when not back in Green Bay.

Jayden Ortiz
Arabia – Class 20

Jennifer Fonstad

  • John McIntyre leads the Kauffman Fellows Network, a global community of “smart, connected capital” comprised of the 525 Kauffman Fellows across 40+ countries.
    Prior to joining Kauffman Fellows, John was the Managing Director of the Citrix Startup Accelerator, a global open innovation platform, providing seed funding and a full accelerator program to early stage startups.  Partnering with other corporations and venture capital firms, the program delivered support and funding to over 80 startups.  
    John co-founded InnerWorkings, a Dublin, Ireland and Silicon Valley-based company that was later acquired by Intuition. Subsequently, John ran the Enterprise Ireland software team in North America.   Earlier in his career, John spent 13 years at Intel where he helped launch new products and fund early-stage startups with Intel Capital.
    John holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University and is a Kauffman Fellow, Class 18.  John is an NFL co-owner (Green Bay Packers) and spends his weekend time playing tennis and mountain biking in Northern California with his lovely wife, when not back in Green Bay.

Jayden Ortiz
Arabia – Class 20

Shailendra Singh

  • John McIntyre leads the Kauffman Fellows Network, a global community of “smart, connected capital” comprised of the 525 Kauffman Fellows across 40+ countries.
    Prior to joining Kauffman Fellows, John was the Managing Director of the Citrix Startup Accelerator, a global open innovation platform, providing seed funding and a full accelerator program to early stage startups.  Partnering with other corporations and venture capital firms, the program delivered support and funding to over 80 startups.  
    John co-founded InnerWorkings, a Dublin, Ireland and Silicon Valley-based company that was later acquired by Intuition. Subsequently, John ran the Enterprise Ireland software team in North America.   Earlier in his career, John spent 13 years at Intel where he helped launch new products and fund early-stage startups with Intel Capital.
    John holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University and is a Kauffman Fellow, Class 18.  John is an NFL co-owner (Green Bay Packers) and spends his weekend time playing tennis and mountain biking in Northern California with his lovely wife, when not back in Green Bay.

Jayden Ortiz
Arabia – Class 20