Marcia Dawood, investment committee member of Next Wave Impact Fund and Venture Partner at Mindshift Capital, has been elected as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Angel Capital Association (ACA), the world’s leading professional association for angel investors. ACA provides education, public policy advocacy, professional development, resources and networking on behalf of its more than 14,000 member angel investors across North America.
Dawood brings extensive experience to the position of Vice Chair as an active angel investor who has invested in over 60 early stage private companies. Following her passion for finance and entrepreneurial ventures, Dawood has also served as the Chief Operating Officer of Portfolia, where she is also an investor, and as a managing partner at BlueTree Capital Group, where she was responsible for investment strategy, diligence research and member education. She was also previously a member of Golden Seeds in New York City and Dallas, TX.
In addition to her work on the ACA Board of Directors, Dawood is also the co-chair of the ACA Membership and Marketing Committee, as well as the founding member and current chair of the ACA Growing Women’s Capital group building syndication and collaboration among US investment groups focused on women-led companies.
“I’m honored to be taking on the role of Vice Chair of the ACA board, and then becoming the chair next year in July 2021,” says Dawood. “I believe the next few years are a particularly pivotal time for ACA as we build a more engaging, collaborative and diverse membership community. In this ever changing world we are living in, we have the opportunity to expand our educational, networking and collaboration activities to allow more participation via online delivery. We will see exciting things in the next few years ahead.”
“Marcia’s experience and reputation within the angel community, coupled with her passion for the Angel Capital Association, provide her with the strong foundation necessary to build on the legacy of leaders that came before her. Marcia exemplifies the leadership and expertise to strengthen ACA’s commitment to our community and enhance mission-critical solutions to better serve our members,” stated Pat Gouhin, ACA Chief Executive Officer.
Dawood’s term begins July 1, 2020 to coincide with the fiscal year. Three new board members will also begin their terms: Clay Rankin of North Coast Ventures in Cleveland, OH, Kelley Skoloda of Next Act Fund in Pittsburgh, PA and Eli Velasquez of VentureWell, AccelHUB and Portfolia in Boston, MA.
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