New England Venture Capital Association Company Overview
Our mission is to foster a collaborative, inclusive, and prosperous venture and entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The New England Venture Capital Association invests in the entrepreneurial ecosystem on behalf of the VC community, through program-building, policy work, marketing, and events. From celebrations (the NEVY Awards) to content series (VC Briefings and Syndicate Sessions), workforce development programs (TechGen and Hack.Diversity) to advocacy and legislation (equity and inclusion initiatives and immigration protection), the NEVCA is at once a network, catalyst, and resource for the innovation economy.
Jobs at New England Venture Capital Association
Jody Rose is the President of the New England Venture Capital Association where she works in partnership with the venture and startup communities on initiatives that position New England as the best region in the world for entrepreneurs and investors. A native New Yorker, Jody has held executive-level roles with both enterprise corporations and lean startups, focusing primarily on corporate development in mobile, eCommerce and digital media. In 2015, Jody served as the SVP of Corporate Development and Digital Strategy at Blueprint NYC, an event production agency based in New York. Prior, Jody led National Mobile and Brand Partnerships for micro-location mobile marketing platform, Swirl Networks. Before joining Swirl, Jody served as Director of National Brand Partnerships at Rue La La, where she was responsible for leading brand relationships with a focus on driving new customer acquisition for national partners. She was one of four employees to launch a new division of Rue La La (Rue Local) and was responsible for leading the launch of their first local market and national strategy. Jody began her career in cable and telecommunications, where she held multiple sales and marketing positions, and quickly rose through the ranks at powerhouses such as MTV Networks, The Food Network, and HGTV. Jody’s experience also includes numerous board positions within the telecommunications and media industries.
Jody currently serves on the board of directors for My Sister’s Keeper – a humanitarian organization focused on educating and financially empowering women in South Sudan; is a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum; and is a member of The Boston Foundation’s Innovation Economy Leadership Council. In 2016 Jody received an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from Mount Ida College, was named by The Boston Business Journal as a member of The BBJ’s Power 50: The Game Changers, and most recently co-founded Hack.Diversity – a program that tackles the underrepresentation of Blacks and Latinos in Boston’s Innovation Economy. In 2017 she was the recipient of the Ad Club’s Rosoff Award for visionary empowerment of diversity.
Director of Partnerships & Strategic Initiatives
Ari Glantz is the Director of Partnerships & Strategic Initiatives at the New England Venture Capital Association, where he leads the organization’s strategy for membership, sponsorship, and partnerships, and advises the President on policy. He is a member of the FWD.us New England Innovation Council, a coach for HUBWeek Demo Day finalists, and an infrequent contributor to TechCrunch and BostInno. Ari draws unique perspective from the atypical journey that led him to the NEVCA: from entrepreneur, to international athlete, to social worker; San Francisco, to Paris, to Australia, and Southeast Asia, before returning to his roots in New England.
Ari is a graduate of Vassar College, and a native Cantabrigian who is somewhat ashamed to admit that he now lives in Somerville.
Associate Director of Hack.Diversity
Angela Liu is the Associate Director of Hack.Diversity at the New England Venture Capital Association. Prior to joining Hack.Diversity, Angela spent three years at MIT, conducting STEM education outreach and building pipelines towards higher education for students, ranging from elementary school to undergrad, who were traditionally underserved and underrepresented in STEM fields. As a “1.5 generation” immigrant and first-generation college student, her aspirations to be a global citizen when she grew up led her to a degree in Science, Technology, and International Affairs from Georgetown University. Her home away from home is a much loved 55L backpack and the occasionally divey, dicey, but always delicious, adventures that come with it.
Partnerships Manager of Hack.Diversity
Alexa Goldman is the Partnerships Manager of Hack.Diversity at the New England Venture Capital Association. Prior to joining Hack.Diversity, Alexa spent two years at MassChallenge where she worked on the Partnerships team facilitating connections between corporate venture groups, foundations and 128+ early stage startups. As a Political Science undergrad, Alexa focused her studies on exploring sustainable solutions to economic and social inequality. Her senior thesis was an appeal to government for increased public funds to be allocated to community-driven and grassroots organizations. Alexa played for the Bates College Woman’s Basketball team, and when she’s not helping companies gain access to Hack.Diversity talent, you can likely find her on the court practicing her jump shot
Program Associate of Hack.Diversity
Raven Williams is the Program Associate of Hack.Diversity at the New England Venture Capital Association. Prior to joining Hack.Diversity, Raven worked as a Research Associate at an executive search firm that placed senior executives at leading life sciences and technology companies, major research universities, and venture capital and private equity firms. Raven attended Colgate University, where she studied Neuroscience and was involved in Colgate’s community service and leadership society.
Manager of Operations and Marketing
Melina Gross is the Manager of Operations and Marketing at the New England Venture Capital Association. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Melina moved to Boston to attend Brandeis University where she studied Behavioral Neuroscience and Business with honors in Entrepreneurial Behavior. Prior to joining the NEVCA, Melina was deeply involved in the startup community. She supported strategic operations for several Boston-based startups and spent two years at 2020 Startups, first supporting the New York-based startup accelerator, and later led the program’s expansion to Boston. As the Managing Director of 2020 Startups Boston, Melina worked across industries to unite and drive founders, thought leaders, investors, and technologists to facilitate growth and achieve business results.
Sr. Manager of Partnerships & Strategic Initiatives for Hack.Diversity
Andrea Whitley is the Sr. Manager of Partnerships & Strategic Initiatives for Hack.Diversity at the New England Venture Capital Association, where she builds partnerships with Boston’s fastest-growing tech companies to connect them with diverse talent and build an inclusive work culture. After roles in education, entertainment, fitness, and real estate, Andrea built her career in marketing and culture as one of the first dozen employees at a successful Boston consumer health tech company, giving her unique insight into the thriving local tech ecosystem.
Andrea studied Music, Psychology, and Spanish at the University of Delaware, and released an album with her songs getting listens on TV and across the globe. When she’s not in her garden, working out, or socializing around Boston, you’ll find her traveling or visiting family in Delaware and Philly.