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HIMALAYA RAO-POTLAPALLY: Board Member 

Himalaya has a passion for creating equitable capital and resource access to BIPOC founders leading her to co-found and become the Managing Director of Black Founders Matter.

 

Himalaya is also a Venture Capital Consultant who works with Angel Funds and Venture Firms along the West Coast. She has worked with seven different funds and am currently working with Portland Seed Fund as their diligence lead while actively raising for Black Founders Matter Fund I. She has also helped launch and manage two other funds; Angel Oregon Fund and Mid-Valley Angel Fund. Himalaya has a passion for expanding the accessibility of entrepreneurship to BIPOC and rural communities as a pathway for economic development and generational wealth building.

 

Himalaya received her MBA from Willamette University and a secondary Masters in Social Work from Adelphi University.