Board

Meet the Board: 

JASON E. KLEIN, MBA ’86 

CHAIRMAN

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Jason E. Klein is an experienced media CEO and builder of digital and traditional businesses who has led two successful turnarounds.  He is founder and CEO of On Grid Ventures, an investment and advisory firm with a portfolio of 20+ early stage companies.  Mr Klein is co-President of the HBS Angels Alumni Association.  Mr. Klein was previously CEO of Newspaper National Network LP; and CEO of Times Mirror Magazines/Time4 Media, publisher of Golf Magazine, Field & Stream, and Popular Science.  Mr. Klein is one of Alleywatch's “25 Angels Investors in NY You Need to Know,” a member of New York Angels, and  mentor at several NYC-area incubators.

JASON E. KLEIN, MBA ’86 

CHAIRMAN

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Jason E. Klein is an experienced media CEO and builder of digital and traditional businesses who has led two successful turnarounds.  He is founder and CEO of On Grid Ventures, an investment and advisory firm with a portfolio of 20+ early stage companies.  Mr Klein is co-President of the HBS Angels Alumni Association.  Mr. Klein was previously CEO of Newspaper National Network LP; and CEO of Times Mirror Magazines/Time4 Media, publisher of Golf Magazine, Field & Stream, and Popular Science.  Mr. Klein is one of Alleywatch's “25 Angels Investors in NY You Need to Know,” a member of New York Angels, and  mentor at several NYC-area incubators.

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Brad Schrader, MBA '80

Deal Co-Chair

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Brad Schrader has led multiple B2B startups and turnarounds. He currently consults to Corporate Venture Capital clients, having recently retired as Chief Strategy Officer at Sun Chemical. From a start as an engineer, he has helped grow diverse businesses from fiber optics to airbags to specialty chemicals to eCommerce with BCG, Corning, TRW, Honeywell  among others. He is an active venture investor and adviser.

MARGARET MIAO, MBA '87

MEMBERSHIP CHAIR

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Margaret E. Miao is an experienced marketing, strategic planning and new product development executive who has advised and led new product launches, marketing and business development initiatives while in various management positions at Booz, Allen & Hamilton, J.P. Morgan Chase, Thomson Financial Corporation and IBM Corporation.  She is Founder and Principal of Rock Ridge Advisors, an investment and advisory firm.

MASON DU, PLDA '14

EXTERNAL RELATIONS CO-CHAIR

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Mason is a co-founder of Benbria, a B2B SaaS company started in 2007. Benbria works with some of the largest institutions in the world, and won multiple awards such as Profit Hot 50. A programmer since 9, Mason studied Software Engineering at University of Waterloo. Mason has extensive history investing and advising early-stage companies. In addition to being the External Relation co-chair at HBSAANY, Mason is also the software Co-Sector Lead with Dan Delmar.

JIM SHERMAN, MBA '91

EXTERNAL RELATIONS CO-CHAIR

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Jim is a serial Internet entrepreneur, angel/seed stage investor, and author.  He founded and exited three companies -- WestEnd New Media in the late 90s focused on providing Internet strategy advice to media firms; ShermansTravel Media (2002 to present), a leading publisher of hand-picked travel deals, and  Hamptons Lane, an e-commerce venture targeting foodies. He has deep experience in digital media, advertising & marketing, and e-commerce.  His former corporate roles include strategy consulting (Bain & Co.) and publishing (Time Inc.; Pearson; Martha Stewart Living).  He loves travel, the theater, and international politics.

SHARJEEL KASHMIR, PLDA '07

SCREENING CO-CHAIR

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Sharjeel Kashmir works as an advisor on transformational and disruptive initiatives in Goldman Sachs’ Investment Management Division. He has worked on a number of acquisitions and different aspects of the hedge fund, private equity, pension fund advisory, and 40 Act business at Goldman Sachs. Sharjeel has also advised other leading global financial institutions and asset managers on deal sourcing, due diligence, and post-merger integration. In addition, Sharjeel counsels the executive teams, CEOs, and boards of a number of early stage companies on product strategy & development, capital structure, and the journey from negative to positive EBITDA.

 

TREVOR BOND, MBA '89

SCREENING CO-CHAIR

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Trevor Bond is the Founder and Principal of Maidstone Investment Company, an investor in real estate and early stage companies. Until 2016 he was the CEO of W.P. Carey Inc., an $11 billion global public REIT/investment manager with Assets Under Management of $12 billion and a footprint spanning 20 countries. Prior to W.P. Carey he held roles in finance, development, asset management and principal investing at Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse (First Boston) and Tishman Realty and Construction.

BETSY ODITA, BA, JD/MBA '98

DEAL CO-CHAIR

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Betsy Odita is a business strategy, risk and operating leader with over 15 years of experience in the asset management industry.  She is currently Executive Director of Ultra-High Net Worth Strategy in Morgan Stanley's Wealth Management Risk Department.  Prior to Morgan Stanley, she served as Head of Investment Risk Assets Oversight & Special Projects at AIG Investments, where she oversaw a $7 billion alternative investment portfolio.  At AIG, she also restructured investment functions, lead global business expansion planning teams, initiated new business ventures, and managed deals for division-level strategic investments, alliances, and joint ventures.

ALYSSE SOLL, AMP '11

DEAL CO-CHAIR

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Alysse is an Angel investor and a capital fundraiser for sports tech startups. As President and Founder of NewModel Advisory, she is actively engaged as a judge, mentor and advisor across the startup sports technology and digital media ecosystems. Alysse is a 17-year veteran of the National Hockey League, launching the San Jose Sharks in 1990, where she pioneered the fan acquisition platforms adopted by all NHL teams and other North American professional leagues. Alysse is the Vice Board Chair of WiST (Women in Sports Tech) and is a certified Broker/Dealer rep (Series 7, Series 63). She is the proud mother of a beautiful teenage daughter.

 

BARRY GOLDMAN, MBA '79

PORTFOLIO RELATIONS

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Barry Goldman spent just under 30 years at Goldman, Sachs & Co.  He ran the New Products group for most of his career, and reviewed all new business proposals on a global basis to ensure operational readiness prior to go-live.  After the firm went public, Barry also led the controls reviews of due diligence for proprietary acquisitions made by the firm.  Before moving to Wall Street, Barry was a management consultant with Touche, Ross & Co (now Deloitte), where he supported small to large companies and government agencies in a variety of industries and functions.

Martina Hansen, MBA '14

MARKETING CO-CHAIR

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Martina is an investment and operations professional passionate about financing and growing disruptive technology businesses across the globe. Martina currently works at Covariant.ai, an artificial intelligence and robotics company, on strategy and business development. Prior to joining Covariant, Martina led industry partnerships at the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute at UC San Diego, and also held investing roles at BMW i Ventures and Mustang Ventures. Before joining the venture and startup ecosystem, Martina worked at Blackstone in the Alternative Asset Management (BAAM) Group and at UBS Investment Bank in the Media and Telecom group. She is currently co-sector lead for Transportation & Logistics Investments for the HBS Alumni Angels of NY and co-chair of HBS Startup Partners. 

 

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ROBERT HAGEMANN, MBA '11

MARKETING CO-CHAIR

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Robert Hagemann is the Chief Marketing Officer for Aether Diamonds, the world's first to create diamonds from air.  He is a 40 Under 40 Award Winner and an entrepreneur with a successful exit already under his belt. Robert is a seasoned marketer who has helped to shape some of the most revered brands and products in the consumer and tech industries.  He has worked with the likes of Tiffany, Burberry, Jimmy Choo, W Hotels, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Unilever, Marriott, Estee Lauder, L'Oreal, Edrington, and Diageo.  His expertise is in digital and eCommerce strategy, modernizing and turning around heritage brands, consumer intelligence, and market positioning strategy.  Robert serves as a sector lead for the Consumer Products area of HBSAANY, and leads diversity and equality initiatives through his angel investor activities.  He specifically invests in ventures that have BIPOC, Female, and/or LGBT+ leadership.  Robert serves as an advisor to several companies in the greentech, consumer, biotech, and cannabis spaces. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from The College of the Holy Cross.

 

Chris Emme

Chris Emme, GMP '14

MARKETING CO-CHAIR

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Chris Emme is an active investor, advisor, mentor and operator working with and investing in early stage companies in the AdTech, MarTech, Media and e-Com industries.  Having spent his early career with industry bellwethers such as Microsoft, Yahoo and Rocketfuel as well as startups like RadiumOne, MIQ and Eyeota, he has parlayed that operational and commercial knowledge into his consulting and investment firm, Volando Global.  At Volando, Chris leads a cross border team of experts advising, investing in and helping build the next generation of great global companies.  He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two boys. 

RICHARD KANE, MBA '68

GOVERNANCE CHAIR

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Richard Kane’s career in financial services included senior positions at Citicorp, Bank Leumi and Marsh & McLenan then retired as CAO of the American Red Cross in NY.  He was CEO of an insurance related startup and Chair of a finance information company with a very successful exit.  He is now involved in investing and providing advice to early stage companies.

ANTHONY GELLERT, AB, MBA '97

TREASURER

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Anthony is the President and Founder of Livingston Capital Management, an investment partnership based in New York City.  Prior to his founding of Livingston Capital, he covered healthcare services and industrial services at Cobalt Capital Management and before that was an analyst at Kingdon Capital Management.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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