Renée joined Norwest in 2022 as an Operating Executive. As a member of the portfolio services team, she lends her 20+ years of B2B marketing experience to the portfolio, working shoulder-to-shoulder with company leaders to help them optimize and scale their revenue engines for growth.
Prior to joining Norwest, Renée was a senior vice president at Lucidworks where she set global strategy for brand, product marketing, demand gen, and sales development. Before Lucidworks, she was a practice area leader at Trellist, a marketing consultancy and agency. Starting her career in tech startups, Renée cultivated deep hands-on experience and strategic leadership in a range of marketing functions including marketing ops, demand gen, social, branding, and product marketing.
Renée holds a bachelor of arts double major in political science and history from the University of Massachusetts where she graduated with honors.
Max joined Norwest in 2022 as Associate General Counsel. In this role, he works closely with Norwest investment professionals, co-investors, board members, and portfolio company founders and CEOs on a wide variety of legal activities across Norwest’s global fund.
Prior to joining Norwest, Max worked at Specialized as Commercial Counsel where he focused on domestic and international strategic M&A, most notably involving an industry consolidation and direct to consumer initiative to acquire independent bike retailers around the world. Prior to Specialized, Max was an associate at the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges practicing M&A with a focus on Private Equity transactions, SPACs and Growth Equity Investments.
Max received a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law. He also holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Economy from UC Berkeley. Max is a member of the State Bar of California.
Lia joined Norwest in 2022 as Sr. Director of Events. In this role, she leads Norwest’s event strategy and creates new opportunities to strengthen our community.
Lia has a bevy of marketing, demand gen, and events experience. Most recently, she was VP of Marketing at Ripcord where she oversaw events, among other functions. Prior to that, she was at Demandbase and Frog Design.
Lia holds an MBA in business administration and management from the University at Albany, SUNY. She also holds a bachelor of arts in communication from the University of St. Thomas.
Krystina joined Norwest as an Executive Assistant in 2020 and transitioned to the marketing team in 2022. As part of the marketing team, she assists in various projects, including website updates, data management, event production and analytics.
Prior to Norwest, Krystina provided a high level of executive support at several venture firms. Her most recent role was at SoftBank Investment Advisors where she supported multiple partners and produced several events.
Krystina holds a bachelor of arts in communications from the University of California at San Diego.
Glen joined Norwest Venture Partners in 2022 as Senior Director of Editorial. In this role, he combines his journalism training with data-driven performance marketing principles to produce strategic, engaging content—in many forms—that speak directly to the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Prior to joining Norwest, Glen was Senior Director, Content Marketing at Vonage, where he led strategic content creation and operations.
Glen graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a B.A. in Journalism.
Brit comes to Norwest Venture Partners with seven years of global technology talent experience. As Director of Talent, under the umbrella of Portfolio Services, Brit works closely with Norwest’s enterprise venture and growth equity partners and portfolio companies.
Before Norwest, Brit was at executive search firm Egon Zehnder where she partnered closely with executive teams, CEOs, and Boards, ranging from VC & PE-backed start-ups to Fortune 50 corporations, on technology search work and leadership advisory projects. With expertise in product, cybersecurity, data and analytics, data science and AI/ML, she advised clients on recruiting and assessing technical leadership talent, as well developing and scaling up capabilities in emerging technologies.
Brit began her career at a boutique IT management consulting firm specializing in cybersecurity and data where she focused on scaling business operations of talent, culture, business development and marketing.
Brit holds a bachelor of arts degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.
Stephanie joined Norwest in 2021 as Associate General Counsel. In this role, she works closely with Norwest investment professionals, co-investors, board members, and portfolio company founders and CEOs on a wide variety of legal activities across Norwest’s global fund.
Prior to joining Norwest, Stephanie was a corporate attorney at Cooley LLP, where her practice focused on private financings of all stages, capital markets transactions, and corporate governance matters. Earlier in her career, Stephanie managed leadership programs across Europe for the German Marshall Fund, a think tank and grantmaking institution.
Stephanie received a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. She also holds a master of arts in European Studies from the University of Maastricht and a bachelor of arts in Political Science from Davidson College. Stephanie is a member of the State Bar of California.
Lisa joined Norwest in 2020, first as a part-time Senior Advisor, then full-time as a CMO and Operating Executive. As a member of the portfolio services team, she lends her 20+ years of B2B marketing experience to the portfolio, working shoulder-to-shoulder with company leaders to help them optimize and scale their revenue engines for growth.
Most recently, Lisa was VP of Marketing at Lucidworks, where she built the growth function from the ground up. Prior to that, she held leadership roles at VC-backed B2B SaaS companies, including Demandbase and Castlight Health. While at Demandbase, Lisa became a certified Account-Based Marketing expert and frequent speaker on ABM best practices in her role as VP of Demand Generation & Brand.
Lisa holds a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Stanford University.
Julia comes to Norwest Venture Partners with a background in search at Robert Walters where she recruited executives across finance and operations. As Director of Talent, under the umbrella of Portfolio Services, Julia works closely with growth equity and venture partners and portfolio companies.
In Julia’s prior role, she partnered closely with executive teams, founders, and CEOs to fill key searches at early and late-stage start-ups including TaskRabbit, Plaid, Knotel, Singular, Birdies, Minted, Flexport, Chime, and OpenAI.
Julia began her career in supply chain where she worked in the U.S. and China for a global packaging and distribution company.
Julia holds a bachelor of arts degree in Mandarin with summa cum laude distinction from Arizona State University.
Lauren comes to Norwest with seven years of talent strategy experience. As Vice President of Talent, under the umbrella of Portfolio Services, Lauren works closely with Norwest’s healthcare partners and their portfolio companies.
Before joining Norwest, Lauren was Chief of Staff to the CEO of Caremore Health, an integrated healthcare delivery system leading transformative healthcare in America. Previously she was a Director at Oxeon Partners in New York, a boutique executive search firm, where she partnered with innovative, early-stage healthcare IT and services clients to build high-performing executive teams. Lauren spent the early part of her career in psychiatric research at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, working on studies spanning genetics, psychopharmacology, neuroimaging, and behavioral treatment trials.
Lauren holds a bachelor of science, magna cum laude, in psychology from Union College and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Temple University’s Clinical Ph.D. program.