Dr. Shelley Chu joins Lightspeed Venture Partners and Marilia Bothamley is promoted to partner at Whitehorse Liquidity Partners

From our Women's PE Briefs - week commencing June 28, 2021

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Dr. Shelley Chu leaves Abingworth to join Lightspeed Venture Partners’ as a partner

Dr. Shelley Chu has left her role as a partner at Abingworth to join another venture firm. Shelley is now a partner on Lightspeed Venture Partners’ health care team – a team that includes Ling Wong, who is a senior advisor.

During Shelley’s time at Abingworth, the firm backed such companies as Scorpion Therapeutics, Inc.; Q32 Bio, which was co-founded by Shelia Violette; IFM Therapeutics; Venatorx; SFJ Pharmaceuticals Group; and Tizona Therapeutics, Inc., which is led by Christine O’Brien.

Shelley joined Abingworth in 2015 from Gilead Sciences where she led business development in oncology, immunotherapy and hepatitis B, as well as R&D strategy. Previously, she was a principal with Frazier Healthcare Ventures and also spent time as an investment professional with Flagship Ventures and as a consultant with McKinsey.

Jess Ou and Tiffany Le earn promotions at New Enterprise Associates

New Enterprise Associates has promoted Jess Ou and Tiffany Le. Both are now senior associates.

Jess joined NEA in 2018 and is focused on enterprise and consumer technology companies. She serves as an observer on the boards of New Wave Foods, Smartcar, Outrider, Tulip and Gen.G.

Tiffany has been with the venture firm since 2020 and is focused on med tech, health tech and medical device investing. She serves as an observer on the boards of Willow, Setpoint, NC8, DOTS, Allay Therapeutics and Intrinsic. Both are in the firm’s Menlo Park office.

NEA has raised nearly $24 billion in cumulative capital since its founding in 1977.

NightDragon adds Katherine Gronberg to its team

NightDragon adds Katherine Gronberg to its team following the launch of a new business unit. Katherine joins as the head of government services. The new business unit, ND Government Services, will support the expansion of NightDragon’s portfolio companies into government markets. In her new role, Katherine will drive the formalization and expansion of the offerings under the new unit alongside existing NightDragon advisors and partners.

Her prior roles included serving as vice president of government affairs at CrowdStrike and Forescout Technologies. She also ran her own government relations consulting firm, taught as a professor at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and served as subcommittee staff director on the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations.

NightDragon is a venture capital firm investing in innovative growth and late stage companies within the cybersecurity, safety, security and privacy industry.

Jacqueline Jutras joins Ironwood Capital 

Ironwood Capital, whose president and chief investment officer is Carolyn Galiette, adds Jacqueline Jutras to its team. Jacqui joined the Avon, Conn. firm as a private equity analyst. In that role, she will review new investment opportunities, conduct research, and perform financial modeling and due diligence. Additionally, Jacqui will provide support for business development activities and portfolio management. She recently graduated from Colby College.

Ironwood provides non-control growth capital to middle market companies. It has invested more than $900 million in more than 95 companies since 2001.

Manna Tree Partners adds Shannon Flahive, Charlotte Forfang and Lindsay Nistler to its team and promotes Allyson Patterson

Manna Tree Partners, whose CEO is Gabrielle Rubenstein, adds Shannon Flahive, Charlotte Forfang and Lindsay Nistler to its team and promotes Allyson Patterson.

Allyson is now a managing director and heads the firm’s legal and compliance, manages fund operations and communications, and oversees the management company’s operations.

Shannon joins the firm as vice president from Blackhorn Ventures and will work with the investment team to systematize and lead deal sourcing efforts, as well as continuing to build the network of service-providers and subject-matter experts who can support the firm’s portfolio companies.

Charlotte joined the investor relations team as an analyst to support fundraising and investor relationships.

Lindsay joined to lead investor services, including management of new partner onboarding, drawdowns and distributions, and investor reporting.

Manna Tree is an investment firm committed to improving human health through nutrition.

Alice Chen earns a promotion at Accelerator Life Science Partners

Accelerator Life Science Partners promotes Alice Chen to a new executive role. Alice is now executive vice president. She joined ALSP as a principal in 2013 to support the firm’s portfolio company operations and to provide executive oversight to a broad range of preclinical development activities across the ALSP portfolio. Alice has been actively involved in sourcing and evaluating emerging biotechnology investment opportunities and has played an instrumental role in the formation and oversight of several ALSP portfolio companies.

ALSP is an investment firm that catalyzes the development and commercialization of biotechnology innovations by providing the complete business, scientific and financial toolkit necessary for accelerating the establishment and operation of early-stage biotechnology companies.

Marilia Bothamley is promoted to partner at Whitehorse Liquidity Partners

Whitehorse Liquidity Partners gives Marilia Bothamley a significant new title. Marilia, who is the Toronto firm’s chief financial officer, is now a partner – one of just 10 individuals at Whitehorse to hold that title. She and Leah Boyd are the firm’s only female partners. Marilia joined Whitehorse in 2017 and has led the buildout of the firm’s operations department. She leads a team of 28 finance and fund operations professionals.

Formed in 2015, Whitehorse focuses on providing structured liquidity solutions to private equity portfolios. It has raised more than $7.8 billion in commitments and employs 100.

Jennifer Cattier joins SK Capital Partners as general counsel and chief compliance officer

SK Capital Partners adds Jennifer Cattier to its team. Jennifer joined the New York investment firm as general counsel and chief compliance officer. She will also lead the firm’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

Jennifer previously served as general counsel of Almanac Realty Investors, the private real estate investment division of Neuberger Berman. Her background also includes senior legal and compliance positions at Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank.

SK Capital focuses on the specialty materials, chemicals and pharmaceuticals sectors. It has more than $5 billion of assets under management.

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