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 Business Aficionado interested in becoming a leader diversifying the Private Equity space. He is a Fall 2018 graduate of Coastal Carolina University, where he earned his Bachelor's degree focused in entrepreneurship. During his tenure at Coastal, he led 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 with Congressional Partners as the Vice President of Opportunity Zones, and is a Venture Fellow with the Score 3 Angel Network. Prior to his current role, Amani served as an emerging leader Intern with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in the U.S. Senate. This Fall he will be pursuing a Master of Science in Finance at Georgetown University.
“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.