2019 Keynote Speaker
Joanna Rees is a Managing Partner at West, a venture studio that specializes in the end-to-end process of designing, building, and launching purpose-driven brands including Twitter, Square, Eventbrite, Impossible Foods, Prelude Fertility, Chegg and GoFundMe. She currently serves on the corporate board of FICO (NYSE: FICO), Tentrr, Prelude Fertility, Boon Supply, Mursion and Hickies. Joanna is also a Senior Advisor of the B Team and led the formation and capital raise for Endeavor Catalyst.
Joanna was a candidate for Mayor of San Francisco in November 2011. She was the founder of VSP Capital and has served on the board of more than 25 venture-backed companies across a broad range of industries. She also served on the board of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA).
She has significant experience in finance and investment banking and has held several senior marketing management positions with Groupe Danone and DMB&B. She was named a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum and a Henry Crown Fellow by the Aspen Institute, where she also serves as a seminar moderator. Joanna serves on the non-profit board of Endeavor Global and The Representation Project. She earned her MBA from Columbia University and a BS from Duke University.
West is a San Francisco-based venture studio that specializes in the end-to-end process of designing, building and launching purpose driven brands. Over the past eight years we have worked with more than 50 companies including Twitter, Square, Eventbrite, Impossible Foods, Prelude Fertility, Chegg and Go Fund Me. In addition to the work we do, we also selectively invest on the backs of our studio engagements.