Board of directors

Baker

Chloe Baker

Senior Associate, Advent International

Chloe is currently a Senior Associate at Advent International, where she focuses on investments in the Retail, Consumer & Leisure sector. Prior to joining Advent in 2019, she worked as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Consumer Retail Group at Goldman Sachs.

Chloe graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.S.B.A. in Finance and Accounting as well as a minor in Spanish.

Barnes

Hannah Barnes

MBA at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Hannah is currently pursuing her MBA at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  Most recently, Hannah was an Associate at The Carlyle Group, where she focused on U.S. buyout opportunities in the aerospace, defense and government services sectors. Prior to joining Carlyle in 2019, she served as an investment banking associate in the Industrials group at Barclays in New York, where she focused on transactions in the transportation sector. Hannah graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.S. in Systems Science and Engineering.

Brandtner

Kristin Brandtner

Director, Meridian Capital

Kristin has over 14 year of investment banking experience, working with both M&A and capital markets teams. As a Director at Meridian Capital, a Seattle-based investment bank focused on M&A advisory, Kristin supports middle market businesses to raise capital and/or pursue exit opportunities. Kristin co-leads the firm’s Diversified Industrials practice.

Kristin started her career in banking at J.P. Morgan, where she worked with the Syndicated and Leveraged Finance and Corporate Client Banking teams over 6 years. While at J.P. Morgan, Kristin helped clients raise over $10 billion in funds through syndicated loans, high yield bonds, and new equity issuances for acquisitions, recapitalizations, and working capital needs. 

Kristin graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a BBA in finance and English.

Bresani

Christina Bresani

Managing Director and Head of Corporate Advisory, William Blair

Ms. Bresani has over 23 years of investment banking experience. Before joining William Blair, she spent her entire career with UBS in New York focused exclusively on M&A. Over her career, she has executed more than 70 transactions with an aggregate transaction value in excess of $180 billion. Over the past two decades, Ms. Bresani has completed industry-shaping transactions involving private and publicly traded companies across the financial services, healthcare, real estate, services and industrials sectors, including Chicago Board Options Exchange’s $3.8 billion acquisition of Bats Global Markets, TIAA’s $2.5 billion acquisition of EverBank Financial, Eli Lilly’s $6.5 billion acquisition of ImClone, and the $30.3 billion merger of Caremark Rx and CVS. Ms. Bresani earned her bachelor’s degree in 1998 from Wellesley College in Massachusetts.

Dong

Annie Dong

Vice President, Guggenheim Securities

Annie has over 8 years of investment banking experience focused on M&A and capital raising advisory within the Industrials sector. Before joining Guggenheim, she was a VP at Barclays Industrials where she worked in New York and London offices. Over her career, she has executed transactions involving private and publicly traded companies across the industrial technology, capital goods, transportation & logistics, paper & packaging, automotive and aerospace & defense sub-sectors.

Annie received her B.S. with honors in Finance from the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University.

Dumont

Amanda Dumont

Associate, Goldman Sachs

Amanda is currently an Investment Banking Associate in the Technology, Media, and Telecom Group at Goldman Sachs, where she focuses primarily on the high-growth software space. She advises a range of public and private technology companies on transactions including mergers & acquisitions, initial public offerings, private placements, follow-ons, and convertible offerings. Previously, she started her career as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Natural Resources Group at Bank of America.

Amanda graduated magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University where she received a BBA with departmental honors in Finance and a Specialization in Alternative Asset Management. Amanda currently resides in San Francisco and is passionate about paying forward the indispensable mentorship she has received from fellow women in finance.

Dunklau

Jackie Dunklau

Co-founder and Partner, Aria Growth Partners

Jackie is the co-founder and partner at Aria Growth Partners, a leading consumer growth equity firm that provides capital and elevated partnership to extraordinary consumer brands. Aria typically invests between $5 - $30 million for minority stakes in growth-stage consumer brands.  Jackie currently serves on the board of two of Aria’s investments, Hero Cosmetics and Onda.

Prior to Aria, Jackie was an investor at CAVU Venture Partners from 2016-2020, where she helped diligence and oversee the firm’s investments the health & wellness sectors. Prior to CAVU, Jackie was an investor at Brand Project and L Catterton. Jackie started her career at UBS Investment bank and Traub.

Jackie graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Commerce and received her MBA from Harvard Business School. Jackie resides in New York City with her husband and son.

Fossett

Sarah Fossett

Associate, L Catterton

Sarah is currently an Associate at L Catterton, a leading consumer growth investor with over $30 billion AUM. Prior to joining L Catterton, Sarah served as Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Planning at Hanna Andersson, a DTC children's apparel brand and an L Catterton portfolio company. Previously, Sarah started her career as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Healthcare Group at Credit Suisse.

Sarah graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in Global Health. Sarah currently resides in New York City with her Bernedoodle Roni (named for her favorite food, a slice of NY pepperoni pizza), and enjoys spending her free time angel investing in women-founded and led companies, nordic and downhill skiing, and keeping herself up to date on New York's restaurant and bar scene.

Holden

Laura Holden

Director, Raymond James

Laura has over 15 years of investment banking experience focused on M&A and capital raising advisory within the Branded Consumer industry. Laura develops relationships with and executes transactions for clients in the Healthy Living sub-sectors of Better-for-You Food, Sports Nutrition and Fitness.

Prior to joining Raymond James via its acquisition of Financo, Laura was part of the investment banking practices at HSBC (in New York and London) and Stephens Inc., where she launched a dedicated Healthy Living practice in 2014.

Laura received a BBA with honors in Finance from the College of William & Mary, where she was captain of the Division I Lacrosse Team. She currently serves on the Association for Corporate Growth’s Women of Leadership Committee, and she has also served on the Board of her all-girls high school, Maryvale Preparatory, in Baltimore, MD.

Huang

Alice X. Huang

Stanford Graduate School of Business, Class of 2023

Alice is currently pursuing her MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Most recently, Alice was an Associate at Stellex Capital Management, an operationally-focused, value-oriented private equity firm in New York City with over $2.6bn in AUM. Stellex typically invests between $50 - $150 million for majority stakes in under-valued companies in the industrials, business services, and food production / manufacturing spaces. At Stellex, Alice focused on F&B investments and was part of the investment team that acquired Country Fresh and Custom Made Meals.

Prior to joining Stellex in 2019, Alice was an investment banking analyst at Credit Suisse in the Financial Sponsors Group in Los Angeles. Alice graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017 with a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Economics.

Jameson

Abigail Jameson

Associate, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Abigail is currently an Associate at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, where she focuses on investments across the Technology and Business Services sectors. Prior to joining CD&R, she was an Investment Banking Associate at Deutsche Bank in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications group. Abigail graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College in 2018 with a major in Economics and a minor in Psychology.

Lee

Sarah Lee

Portfolio Operations Manager, General Catalyst

Sarah Lee is currently a Portfolio Operations Manager at General Catalyst, a venture capital firm that makes early-stage and transformational investments. General Catalyst backs exceptional entrepreneurs who are building innovative technology companies and market leading businesses.

Prior to joining General Catalyst in 2020, Sarah was an Investment Banking Analyst at an Elite Boutique in the Industrials M&A group in New York. Sarah graduated from Dartmouth College in 2018 with a B.A. in Economics.

Mannering

Justine Mannering

Managing Director, Stifel

Justine Mannering is a Managing Director in Stifel’s Consumer Investment Banking Group with more than 20 years of experience. Having joined Stifel in 2018, she is responsible for Stifel’s coverage of the apparel, accessories & luxury sector with a focus on direct to consumer brands. Transactions cover IPO, restructuring, leverage finance and capital raising. Recent clients have included The RealReal, Poshmark, Chairish, Allbirds, PLBY, On Running, Bonlook, The Collected Group, Derek Lam and KNS International.

Justine joined Stifel from Alantra where she was a Managing Director, Consumer, and Global Co-Head of Personal Care. Prior to Alantra, Justine was Global Head of Consumer & Luxury at BDA Partners, a global boutique focused on cross-border deals, and a Director at DC Advisory Group (previously Close Brothers Corporate Finance) in London. Justine also spent time in the Sponsor Coverage team at DC Advisory Group (London) and completed a Business Development secondment at Harris Williams (Boston).

Nowak

Caroline Nowak

Investor, Blackstone Growth

Caroline Nowak is a founding member of Blackstone Growth ("BXG"), where she is focused on investments in enterprise software and technology. During her time at BXG, the group raised the largest first-time growth equity fund at $4.5B out of which they typically invest $150-$500 million+ across buyout, growth, and venture transaction structures. In addition to deal execution and sourcing, Caroline has helped build and support BXG's portfolio committee materials and processes.

Prior to Blackstone, Caroline was an Investment Banking Analyst in the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Group at Guggenheim. Before Investment Banking, she spent a summer as a Product Manager at IBM Watson, which played an instrumental role in further developing her passion for software. Caroline graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University, where she studied Economics & Computer Science, captained the varsity lacrosse team, and TAed Intro to CS.

Onifade

Saheedat Onifade

Vice President, Nuveen Alternative Investments

Saheedat Onifade is a Vice President within Nuveen’s Alternative Investment’s team where she focuses on the $60bn+ private credit and growth private capital strategies within the firm.

Prior to joining Nuveen in 2021, she worked at KKR & Co. within their private credit investing and capital markets team across the U.S. and Europe both on the structuring of new KKR portfolio transactions and underwriting deals for the private credit funds. She started her career as an analyst and then promoted to associate at Goldman Sachs, where she worked in the firm’s investment banking division covering financial institutions and leveraged finance companies.

Saheedat earned her B.S. with honors in Business Administration, majoring in Banking & Finance from the Terry College of Business.

Parnes

Marisa Parnes

Associate, KKR

Marisa is currently an Associate at Kohlberg, Kravis and Roberts (KKR), a leading global investment firm. Marisa sits on the Private Credit team where she invests alongside private equity firms in support of their leveraged buyout transactions. KKR's private credit team has $185 billion of AUM and invests across the entire capital structure and across all industries.

Prior to joining KKR in July 2021, Marisa served as an investment banking associate in the Leveraged Finance team at Goldman Sachs where she focused on consumer, retail, real estate and gaming clients. Prior to that, she served as an investment banking analyst in the consumer retail industry group at Goldman Sachs. Marisa graduated summa cum laude from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis with a B.S. in Business Administration with a major in Finance and a minor in Spanish.

Prideaux

Catherine Anne Prideaux

MBA at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Catherine Anne is currently pursuing her MBA at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  Most recently, Catherine Anne was a Senior Associate at Kainos Capital, a leading consumer-focused private equity firm in Dallas, Texas. Kainos typically invests between $50 - $200 million for majority stakes in growth-oriented and strategically relevant companies in the food and consumer products sector.

Prior to joining Kainos in 2018, she served as an investment banking analyst in the Oil & Gas group at Morgan Stanley in Houston. Catherine Anne graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Plan II Honors and a B.B.A. in the Business Honors Program.  She currently serves on the Education Committee for Texas Wall Street Women.

Renaudin

Kristin Renaudin

CFO, Stockbridge

Ms. Renaudin is Chief Financial Officer of Stockbridge, with responsibility for directing Stockbridge’s finance and operations activities as well as active involvement in the overall strategic planning and direction for the firm. During her 23 years with Stockbridge and its predecessor firms, she has held various responsibilities across departments, including acquisitions, client relations, capital markets and portfolio management. Ms. Renaudin has been involved with the underwriting, evaluation and structuring of numerous real estate acquisitions and capital markets transactions. She played a major role in formation of Stockbridge, and the expansion of its product offerings to include the Core and Value Business. Ms. Renaudin holds a B.A. in Economics and Biological Anthropology & Anatomy from Duke University.

Sowah

Kristina Sowah

Associate, Centerview Partners

Kristina is currently an Associate at Centerview Partners, a leading independent investment banking and advisory firm, where she focuses on M&A and strategic advisory across industries. Prior to Centerview, Kristina was an Investment Banking Associate in the Energy & Infrastructure Group at Credit Suisse, which she joined after completing her MBA. Kristina started her career at State Street, where she held various roles across the firm, including three years at SSGA in London leading business development initiatives for Official Sector clients.

Kristina graduated from Wellesley College with a B.A. in Africana Studies and received her MBA in Finance and International Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Tannenbaum

Lindsey Tannenbaum

Investor, Astara Capital Partners

Lindsey is an experienced investor with over a decade of private equity experience during which she has worked with companies across a range of industries including niche manufacturing, business & industrial services, food, and packaging.

Prior to Astara, Lindsey was employed by Brightstar Capital Partners, Arlon Group and KPS Capital Partners, where she worked on value and special situations investments. Lindsey started her career as an investment banking analyst at Lehman Brothers.

Lindsey earned a BA in Economics from Tufts University. She is also an active member of OutInvestors and Milken Young Leaders Circle.

Zhong

Sofia Zhong

Associate, L Catterton

Sofia is currently an Associate at L Catterton, a leading consumer growth investor with over $30 billion AUM, formed in partnership between Catterton, LVMH, and Groupe Arnault. Prior to L Catterton, Sofia served as an investment banking senior analyst in Evercore’s M&A practice.

Sofia received a Bachelor of Commerce in 2017 from Queen’s University in Canada. Born and raised in Toronto, Sofia currently resides in New York City where she spends her free time angel investing in women-founded and led companies, practicing yoga, and reading at her beloved Washington Square Park.

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