Joanna Rees is a Managing Director at Soda Rock Partners, LLC, supporting entrepreneurs to build leading high-growth companies and organizations. Joanna is also leading the formation and capital raise for Endeavor Catalyst, an impact investment fund supporting high-impact entrepreneurs in emerging markets.
Joanna was a candidate for Mayor of San Francisco in November 2011.
Joanna has served on the board of more than 25 venture-backed start-up companies across a broad range of industries. She also served on the Board of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), the Coppola Companies (Francis Ford Coppola), and as Chairman of the USA for Madrid-based FON. Joanna is an Adjunct Professor at Santa Clara University where she teaches Leadership in the Leavey School of Business. Joanna was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, as a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and as an Entrepreneur of the Year by NAWBO. She serves on the board of New Schools Venture Fund and on the Global Board of Endeavor. Joanna is also a Moderator at the Aspen Institute.
She earned her MBA from Columbia University (beta gamma sigma) and a BS from Duke University where she was a member of the varsity gymnastics team.more » « less