Big News and a New Chapter for NMV
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We’ve had a really exciting couple of months at NMV, investing more than $1.5 million in 17 companies, organizations, and collaborations – our largest funding round yet! We can’t wait to see what these cutting-edge groups will achieve, and are looking forward to supporting their work.
As NMV continues backing the boldest changemakers in the field, we’re also announcing an important internal change of our own: after almost ten years leading NMV, Christie George has decided to transition from her role as president and make space for new leadership for the next phase of NMV’s development.
During her time here, Christie built the organization from the ground up, creating an incredibly diverse community of donors, investors, activists, and entrepreneurs. She’s overseen investments into a portfolio of more than 80 for-profits, nonprofits, and progressive media companies. And most importantly, she’s made us into the nimble and dynamic team we are today: together, we’ve established NMV as a center of gravity for progressive innovation.
Christie has been fundamental to NMV’s growth over the past decade. When she started, we were a one-person shop doing convening, diligence, investment, and everything in between. Today, we are a robust organization at the leading edge of a growing field.
— Felicia Wong
Under Christie’s leadership, NMV helped dozens of groundbreaking companies and organizations get off the ground: startups like Blavity, which has given voice to a new generation of young Black leaders, and Swing Left and Flippable, which are continuing to transform the political landscape. We’re proud to have mobilized more than $50 million in seed and growth capital over the last decade – including to our amazing 2019 portfolio. And while Christie’s tenure here will be coming to an end, NMV is only getting started – we know there’s so much more work ahead.
“I am incredibly proud of NMV and everything we have achieved together,” Christie said. “When I joined NMV I had a vision of all the things I wanted to accomplish and we have surpassed even my wildest dreams. The amazing team that we have built makes me feel confident in searching for a new president for this next phase of NMV. I look forward to cheering their progress for the next decade and beyond.”
Christie is planning to overlap with our new president, to ensure a thoughtful and intentional transition, and the NMV team will keep doing what we’ve always done: supporting the brightest entrepreneurs and activists moving democracy forward. Julie Menter continues to lead NMV’s investment strategy and nurture a strong team. Shannon Baker oversees NMV’s fundraising, communications, and field-building work. Wes Panek leads our diligence efforts and entrepreneur support. Alex Blum ensures smooth fundraising operations and grants management, and makes all of our communications stronger. Laura Weidman Powers has been an exceptional Entrepreneur-in-Residence over the last year, and we look forward to welcoming our next EIR to the team.
In short, NMV has never been stronger, and we’re excited to continue to build with a new leader at the helm.
The amazing team that we have built makes me feel confident in searching for a new president for this next phase of NMV. I look forward to cheering their progress for the next decade and beyond.
— Christie George
Speaking on behalf of the NMV Board, Felicia Wong, who is leading the Transition Committee, said that “Christie has been fundamental to NMV’s growth over the past decade. When she started, we were a one-person shop doing convening, diligence, investment, and everything in between. Today, we are a robust organization at the leading edge of a growing field, capitalizing some of the most important entrepreneurs in the movement. We will miss Christie deeply. But she has also built a team of incredible leaders ready to invest in the next wave of innovation and impact. I have learned so much from working with her, and I’m excited to see where this next step takes her.”
Christie’s contributions have truly pushed NMV to the forefront of progressive, impact-driven funding and built a workplace that we are all proud to call home. We’re excited to continue our work together in the months ahead, and look forward to welcoming a new president who can build on Christie’s legacy and lead NMV into this new chapter.