It takes a strong network united under a common vision to see impact. Here are some of our key people.
Chris Brady Jr. ’05 is a venture capitalist with 15+ years founding, operating and investing in emerging technology companies over a wide range of sectors. Chris sits on boards at CoolIT Systems, IntegriCo Composites, and Katai. He is a Co-Founder of Accelerate Yale and Yale Angels.
Sam Hendel ’03 is a Co-Founder of Dataminr, the leading real-time AI company for event and risk detection. In addition, he is an experienced professional in the Investment Management industry and serves as President and Portfolio Manager of Levin Easterly Partners, the value investing firm. He specializes in Arbitrage, Event-Driven, and Value investing across all sectors. He is a Co-Founder of Accelerate Yale and Yale Angels.
James Murphy ‘11 founds and funds nutritious brands in partnership with leaders in health. He is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of Proton’s functional beverage brand studio, which includes Drink LMNT (hydration), Choose Health (meal replacement) and Patch (mental wellness). He is also an angel investor in industry shifting natural product brands. He served as an assistant professor at the Yale School of Management and is a Co-Founder of Accelerate Yale and Yale Angels.
Gary Stewart ‘96, JD ‘99 is the CEO and co-founder of “The Nest,” a mobile app that could be called “Masterclass for founders.” From 2014-2019, Gary was the Director of Wayra UK, a corporate accelerator backed by Telefonica (O2). From 2010-2014, Gary was an associate professor at entrepreneurship at IE Business School in Madrid and CEO of Wayra Spain. He launched his first start-up in 2005. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Gary worked as a lawyer in the U.S., U.K., and Spain. He graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Yale College and was the executive editor of The Yale Law Journal at Yale Law School. He is a Governor of the University of East London and has been on the Power List of the most influential black people in the UK. He is a member of the leadership team of Accelerate Yale.
Adam Brenner ‘05 is a Partner at DLA Piper and Co-Founder of Accelerate Yale and Yale Angels. He represents private equity funds, technology companies and venture capital funds based in the U.S. and abroad – on their financings and other corporate transactions. Adam particularly enjoys advising companies and lead investors on strategic company growth, especially national security-related technology companies. He also has extensive experience working with emerging growth companies and investors on structuring transactions around international trade matters.
Grace Hsieh '07 is a marketing and operations advisor to senior leadership teams across the tech, consumer, financial services, healthcare, education, luxury, and tourism sectors. Educated at Yale and Wharton, Grace is a Board Member of the Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance (YANA) and a Co-Founder of Accelerate Yale and Yale Angels. She has had 4 solo piano performances at Carnegie Hall.
Wendy Maldonado D'Amico
Wendy Maldonado D’Amico ’93 works at the Yale Alumni Association (YAA) on #50WomenAtYale150, a celebration commemorating the dual milestones of coeducation at the university. She holds a BA in English from Yale University, an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School, and an MBA from MIT Sloan. She serves as a member of the YAA Board of Governors, as well as a member of the leadership teams of Accelerate Yale and Yale Angels.
Ellen Su ‘13 is the Chief Product Officer at Convexity Scientific, Inc. As the former CEO and Co-Founder of Wellinks, Ellen has raised funding, directed product, led design, and formed critical business relationships. At the core, she is an operations and product person who focuses on empowering creative teams to deliver user-critical features. She is a member of the leadership team of Accelerate Yale.