San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) May 15, 2013
The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) today announced it has elected Josh Green, general partner of Mohr Davidow Ventures, to serve as the 2013-2014 Chairman of the Board of Directors. The appointment was made official at the association’s annual meeting -- VentureScape 2013 -- in San Francisco. Mr. Green’s one-year term begins immediately.
As he assumes leadership of the country’s pre-eminent venture capital association, Mr. Green highlighted the importance of venture capital investment to the economic well-being of the country and to the vibrancy of the start-up world.
“It is a privilege to lead the NVCA at a time when we can have a significant impact on a truly dynamic startup ecosystem,” said Green. “We have much work to accomplish, and an outstanding story to tell. The venture capital industry is committed to the long-term global competitiveness of our country and, with our startup company partners, we are in this game to change the world. In the coming year, the NVCA will remain focused on harnessing our industry’s collective voice to advocate, inform and educate on policies that support these critical efforts.”
Josh Green is preceded by Ray Rothrock, general partner at Venrock, who in his role as NVCA chair led the association through the 2012 presidential elections and helped build membership at a time when the industry continues to consolidate.
“Ray’s energy, acumen, and drive have been a tremendous asset to the venture capital industry,” said Mark Heesen, president of NVCA. “His nuanced leadership has been instrumental in skillfully navigating the legislative and regulatory landscape, while simultaneously looking out on the horizon to the future of the industry and the association. His legacy will be carried forward by Josh Green, whose expertise and vision is poised to serve NVCA very well as we enter a year of change. As we celebrate Ray’s accomplishments, we look forward to Josh setting a course laden with purpose and success.”
In addition to installing a new chairman, the NVCA appointed six new directors to its Board. This year the association welcomes Scott Kupor, Andreessen Horowitz; Sue Siegel, GE healthymagination; John Backus, New Atlantic Ventures; Art Pappas, Pappas Ventures; Mark Leschly, Rho Capital Partners; and Jim Healy, Sofinnova Ventures. Each director will serve a four-year term.
The NVCA also named Scott Sandell, general partner at New Enterprise Associates, as chair-elect for the 2014-2015 year. Mr. Sandell joins Green, Anne Rockhold of Accel Partners, Jonathan Leff of Deerfield Management, Bruce Evans of Summit Partners; and Jon Callaghan of True Ventures on the NVCA Board Executive Committee.
Retiring from the Board of Directors after four years of outstanding service are: Jason Mendelson, Foundry Group; Michael Greely, Flybridge Capital Partners; Michael Elliot, Noro-Moseley Partners; Sherrill Neff, Quaker Partners; Jim Marver, Vantage Point Capital Partners; and Ray Rothrock, Venrock.
About Josh Green
Josh Green joined Mohr Davidow’s team in 2006, and has been instrumental in developing a cross-discipline practice that includes a wide range of startups – including those focused on LED lighting, biochemical, Lithium production and healthcare. Today, he is focused primarily on the nexus of cleantech and information technology.
Mr. Green graduated magna cum laude from UCLA in 1977 and the UCLA School of Law in 1980 where he was on the Law Review. He helped to build two of Silicon Valley’s pre-eminent law firms to 150 lawyers each over 25 years. He is a founder of the UCLA Venture Capital Fund and serves on the Board of Visitors of the UCLA Department of Economics and the Advisory Board of the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy. Mr. Green was the undergraduate commencement speaker at UCLA in 2001. For eight years, he coached high school basketball.
Venture capitalists are committed to funding America’s most innovative entrepreneurs, working closely with them to transform breakthrough ideas into emerging growth companies that drive U.S. job creation and economic growth. As the voice of the U.S. venture capital community, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) empowers its members and the entrepreneurs they fund by advocating for policies that encourage innovation and reward long term investment. As the venture community’s preeminent trade association, NVCA serves as the definitive resource for venture capital data and unites its 400 plus members through a full range of professional services. For more information about the NVCA, please visit http://www.nvca.org.