Jaisa Gooden is Vice President, Startup Banking at Silicon Valley Bank where she focuses on scaling Pre-Series A companies in Atlanta’s tech ecosystem. She has also served as Head of Partnerships for HBCUvc, a non-profit dedicated to helping HBCU-affiliated investors and founders.
Prior to this, she managed initial deal evaluation and portfolio management at New Voices Fund, a $100M venture capital fund for women of color entrepreneurs. This portfolio includes trailblazers like The Honey Pot Company,
Bitwise Industries and Slutty Vegan. She is a Jamaican-American proudly raised in Atlanta on a mission to bring the opportunities of economic inclusion to communities that have been excluded from participating in wealth generated by equity and ownership.
She received her undergraduate education at Howard University and University of Hawaii at Manoa and is an alumna of the Gates Millennium Scholarship Program and HBCUvc Top 31 Under 31. She speaks regularly on investing and entrepreneurship panels including LinkedIn, Johnson & Johnson, and the White House.