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Trish Costello

Trish founded Portfolia in 2014 with a vision for a new model of entrepreneurial investing designed for women. Her goal is over 100,000 women (and their colleagues and friends) investing in Portfolia Funds in five years.

Trish is globally recognized for her pioneering work in preparing  the next generation of general partners in venture capital.  As the co-founder, long-time CEO and now CEO Emeritus of the Kauffman Fellows Program, the premier global leadership program for venture capitalists, she mentored hundreds of the world's top VCs, and was referred to as the venture capitalist's 'godmother.' She also served at Founding President of CVE Capital Corp, the holding company of a $1B+ venture capital fund of funds. Trish was on the start-up team of the Kauffman Foundation’s entrepreneurship center, led the Commercialization Sub-Committee of the National Science Foundation, and directed the Arthur Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at the globally-ranked Babson College.

Trish’s lifelong passion has been in two areas: supporting and investing in innovative entrepreneurs and unlocking the personal and professional talents of women. She knows that women will be both highly successful entrepreneurial investors and bring along an entrepreneurial renaissance when they back the companies they want in the marketplace.


Amber Caska

Amber has had a remarkable career as a family office executive. She most recently served 4 years as CFO-Investments for Hillspire LLC., the family office of Alphabet Chair Eric Schmidt, and as officer of the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fund for Strategic Innovation. Previously, she served 8+ years, ending as Senior Director and Treasurer, reporting directly to the Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen at his family office, Vulcan Inc. There she held Board of Director and advisor positions in areas of investments, audit, philanthropy, sports, entertainment and hospitality, including a Board position with the NBA basketball team, the Portland Trail Blazers.

Amber’s passion has been getting more women in the C-Suite and activating women as investors. She has been an active angel investor, focused on companies led by women. She also was an early Portfolia investor, as an investing member of the Rising Tide Fund. Amber is pleased to be on the inside now, focused on rapidly growing Portfolia into an investing powerhouse and building a strong community among Portfolia investors globally.


Maggie Kenefake

Maggie directs Portfolia’s operations, overseeing both the investor experience and managing interactions with prospective investments and Portfolia invested companies. She brings years of experience in operations, strategic partnerships, and program and product management. Maggie was at the Kauffman Foundation for a decade and early in her career worked with Trish in building the Kauffman Fellows Program and Initiatives for Women Entrepreneurs. She was also a program officer in granting-making for collegiate entrepreneurship and women’s entrepreneurship. She most recently worked in the health-care field, including venture-backed RelayHealth.

Maggie’s goal is to make the investing experience enriching and rewarding for Portfolia Funds member-investors and the companies we back. She is also focused on activating the networks and knowledge Portfolia members bring to our companies, enabling them to more effectively capture their markets and grow successfully.


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