Diane is the Head of Private Equity at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation where she manages a $400m portfolio of venture capital, private equity and energy fund investments in the US and across Europe. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer in the Entrepreneurship division at Babson College, where she created and teaches the MBA course Entrepreneurship and the Gig Economy. In 2010, Forbes.com named the course one of the 10 Most Innovative Business School Classes in the country.
Diane has a decade of experience as a venture capital investor. She was Vice President and an officer of American Century Ventures, Inc., a $100 million start-up corporate venture fund. Her portfolio companies included Archipelago (merged with the NYSE), Euronet (NASDAQ: EEFT), StarMine (acquired by Reuters), Tradepoint (acquired by virt-x) and WR Hambrecht. Before that, she was a Vice President at Bessemer Venture Partners in their healthcare practice. She was active in Bessemer’s investments in Advantage Schools (acquired by Mosaica), Datamedic (acquired by InfoCure), and Vista Hospice Care (NASDAQ: VSTA).
Diane is the author of two books on venture capital financing, as well as several articles and a book chapter. Her most recent book, Venturing Forward, is a practical guide for entrepreneurs on raising angel financing and venture capital. Diane is also the author of Angels and IPOs: Policies for the Sustainable Equity Financing of Irish Small Businesses, a public policy book about the Irish government’s venture capital financing of small businesses, which she wrote while a Visiting Fellow at Trinity College Dublin.
Diane holds Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) and undergraduate (A.B.) degrees from Harvard University. She is a native Bostonian, and a dual American and EU (Irish) citizen.