Current & Former Venture Fellows
Danielle Coleman is an emerging movement lawyer in the tech space. She is passionate about the intersection of entrepreneurship, technology, black feminism, and movement lawyering throughout the Black diaspora. While at the University of Michigan Law School, Danielle was a Google Legal Fellow during the summer of 2018 and this upcoming year she will participate in the Entrepreneurship Clinic and also be a Legal Associate for the Social Venture Fund at the Ross School of Business making equity investments in for-profit ventures that have positive social and/or environmental impact. She is also the founder of CyborgCulture a digital hub for connecting emerging technology to the Black community. Prior to law school, Danielle worked in and traveled to over 15 countries, where her fluency in French and Portuguese were beneficial to her extensive organizing and policy work.
Donna is a budding, trilingual transactional attorney interested in the Legal, Financial Services and Emerging Tech industries, and is committed to creating and supporting sustainable diverse talent pipelines. Donna is studying at the University of Michigan Law School where she is a consultant for a U.K.-based FinTech startup, on the Millennial Board of the Ozone House and was a student attorney in the Entrepreneurship Clinic representing startups. During the summer of 2018, Donna was a 1L Summer Associate at the global law firm, White & Case. In 2019, Donna will be spending her summer between Weil, Gotshal & Manges and White & Case.
Jasmin is a lover of all things technology and passionate about pursuing a career in tech investing. Over the past few years, her experiences have included interning with Wells Fargo’s Consumer and Retail Corporate Banking team in Los Angeles, being an investment fellow in HBCUvc’s first class, and interning with Morgan Stanley’s Infrastructure Investment Banking team in New York. Currently, she is working for Hustle Fund as a Venture Associate Intern evaluating pre-seed stage software-enabled startups. A recent graduate of Fisk University, this fall Jasmin will begin her Masters in Finance at Vanderbilt University with a concentration in Venture Capital and Investment Banking.
Persiana Saffari is a graduate student studying Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. Having devoted much of her time to designing medical devices, cancer research, and entrepreneurial ventures at the intersection of the two fields, Persiana is passionate about producing breakthrough innovations in the health care space. During her undergraduate studies at Stanford, Persiana was a ChEM-H Entrepreneurship Fellow as well as served as the lead consultant for a proton-therapy start-up acquired by HIL Applied Medical. In addition to her entrepreneurial pursuits, she also served as an executive board member for the Stanford Society of Women Engineers and a Seeds of Change Fellow through Stanford's VMware Women's Leadership Innovation Lab, through which she mentored high school students interested in STEM from disadvantaged backgrounds. As a Score 3 Venture Fellow, Persiana is eager to combine her interests across science and entrepreneurship to advance the missions of game-changing start-ups.
Amani Phipps is a passionate, forward-thinking entrepreneur enthusiast and lifelong learning aficionado currently pursuing a Master of Science in Finance at Georgetown University. Although young, he is confident that he will be a champion in efforts to diversify where private capital is deployed through the entrepreneurial community and make strides to create sustainable social impact globally. He received his Bachelor's from Coastal Carolina University where he championed efforts with the Coastal Entrepreneurial Organization, worked with the Grand Strand Technology Council and the Myrtle Beach Startup.SC Incubator among other leadership experiences. Amani currently works as a Venture Fellow with the Score 3 Angel Network as well as the New Dominion Angels. Prior to his current role, Amani served as an emerging leader Intern with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in the U.S. Senate.
Morgan Wortham is currently pursuing a doctorate in Urban & Regional Planning and Development at the University of Maryland College Park. She works as a Research Assistant at the University of Maryland-Morgan State University Joint Center for Economic Development. Morgan’s role includes conducting research & analysis on economic impact & innovation ecosystems. She was also previously an intern at Halcyon, a startup incubator for social entrepreneurs, in Washington DC.
Morgan has been recognized as a Cedar Valley 20 under 40 in her hometown in Iowa. She also holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Drake University, a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Northern Iowa, and Bachelor’s in Geography from the University of Iowa.
Makda Kassahun is a trilingual aspiring venture capitalist with a deep passion for global investing, especially in emerging markets within sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Her sectors of interest include: HealthTech, ConsumerTech (including eCommerce), CleanTech, AgTech, and LogisticsTech. Makda has experience in startup incubation, private equity, and blockchain investing within these regions. Her goal is to create her own sustainable for-profit VC firm focusing on the African continent starting with her country of origin, Ethiopia. She wants to create a bridge between African startups and international investors.
She is an alumni of Johns Hopkins University where she completed her Master of Public Health from the Bloomberg School of Public Health. She also holds a graduate certificate in Corporate Finance from Georgetown University. She is currently working as a Healthcare IT management consultant. As a Score 3 Venture Fellow, Makda will merge her knowledge of specific sectors with her desire to advocate for high potential startups with Black/Brown/Women founders and teams.
Marielle Ednalino is a California Bay Area-based female empowerment change agent. As an alumna from the University of California, Davis, she received her Bachelor's of Arts in Human-Centered Design and self-taught herself computer science post-college. Marielle started her own Girls Who Code chapter on campus where she taught computer science skills to over 50 girls ranging from elementary through high school. Since then, she has gone on to start her own nonprofit, htm.elle, the only incubator for young women that works with them on every single step of the entrepreneurial process— from ideation all the way to fruition. Her aspiration is to create the next generation of female founders, as well as regress the widening gender gap in the tech industry and the entrepreneurial ecosystem. In her free time, Marielle is an avid learner, reader, and nature enthusiast. She recently rock climbed El Capitan in Yosemite, California. No, she did not free solo.
“The networking and learning who’s who in venture capital was great!”
Kris is currently pursuing her MBA at the University of Michigan-Ross School of Business and holds a degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Miami. Prior to business school, Kris worked for Procter & Gamble in category development, and prior to that she was a statistician and financial analyst for the United States Postal Service. Kris plans to use her experience in retail, marketing, and analytics to pursue careers in the technology startup world.
“What I liked the most was how hands on the experience was, from taking pitch meetings and being a major part in the decision making process to being able to lead a Due Diligence round.”
Yvonne Okafor is an Alumni of American University, where she completed her Master’s in Finance from Kogod School of Business. She has a passion for International Development and Alternative Investments and is striving to one day be a partner in her own venture capital fund, investing in social enterprises that focus on the development of the African continent and her home country Nigeria. When she’s not working, Yvonne enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and helping people. She has a goal to travel to 30 countries by her 30th birthday.