Lisa Calhoun

Founding General Partner

Lisa’s experience and entrepreneurship have contributed to over a billion dollars in exit value from emerging technologies. Lisa is known for pioneering platforms that connect capital to early-stage companies. She created the ValorCIO/CTO Innovation Council that connects emerging startups to potential enterprise customers. Lisa founded the Startup Runway Foundation, the largest pitch event for minority and women founders seeking seed capital. She is a Kauffman Fellow, a member of the global network of top venture capital investors. Before Valor, Lisa founded a digital marketing agency recognized as one of the “Top 10 Agencies for Tech Startups.” She supported hundreds of tech startups through their exits to public markets and acquisitions. Prior, Lisa worked in IT consulting, helping large organizations solve complex problems with code. Lisa serves on the boards of SmartCommerce, Women Who Code, MyAgData, and the Woodruff Arts Center Women’s Giving Circle. She earned her BA/Baylor 1994 and MBA/University of Texas.

David Cummings

Valor Advisor Board

One of most visionary serial entrepreneurs and investors on the East Coast and an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year winner, David Cummings bootstrapped Pardot into one of the largest SaaS acquisitions ever. David subsequently founded the Atlanta Tech Village, the largest technology entrepreneur center in the Southeast. It is hailed as a new model for building an urban startup ecosystem. He is a strong early-stage SaaS investor with a significant portfolio and founder of Atlanta Ventures. As a partner at Valor, David generously shares his substantial experience helping founders scale.

Alaina Percival

Venture Partner

Alaina Percival is a venture partner at Valor helping focus our pipeline of high-quality female and minority fonders. As founder and executive director of Women Who Code (WWCode), an international nonprofit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers, she is uniquely positioned to canvas a broad pipeline. WWCode is building a world where women are representative as technical leaders, executives, founders, VCs, board members and software engineers. Percival's organization has executed more than 8,000 free events around the world, garnered a membership exceeding 167,000, and has a presence in 20 countries. Learn more at

Elizabeth Halkos

Venture Partner

COO at Purchasing Power, Elizabeth is a tech startup scale veteran. She brings tons of real-world experiencing scaling a software/fintech company outside of the Valley to her role as Venture Partner, where she often helps evaluate or source ValorVC pipeline opportunities and helps counsel portfolio firms through sales friction. Joining Purchasing Power in sales in 2006, Elizabeth led double-digit growth at one of the nation's most successful fintech firms, with oversight of sales, account management, client services, marketing and public relations. Halkos received the 2017 “Female Executive of the Year” Silver Award and is named among the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Top 40 Business Stars Under 40” and The Committee of 200 members, created to advance women’s leadership in business.

Sarah O'Brien

Founding Partner

Sarah O'Brien runs partnership development and strategic alliances at ValorVC. Sarah learned corporate acquisition at GE, where she excelled in leadership roles for over a decade in M&A, specializing in acquiring firms under $500 million. Sarah leverages deep financial experience and a global network to support Valor across financial operations, financial diligence, and compliance oversight. Before joining Valor, she served as CFO of a $500 million-dollar division of $2.5 billion Carestream Health, a division of Kodak. O’Brien is the founder of The Executive Women of Goizueta and served on the Goizueta Alumni Board for 9 years. She is a graduate of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2009. Sarah earned her BBA at the University of Florida in finance, BSBA, and went on to earn an MBA at Emory University Goizueta School of Business.

Deadra Bastarache

Valor Advisor Board

Deadra Bastarache enjoys an impressive and extensive background in the finance, business, and philanthropic sectors. She leverages 35 years as a senior executive to inform Valor's approach to sophisticated capital that seeks return with impact.

Bastarche enjoys combining these passions, applying her financial skills and knowledge to the non-profit sector, where she notably created Merrill Lynch’s nationwide philanthropic division. She has also held executive positions at, Bank of Nova Scotia and the Royal Bank of Canada, spearheading advisory groups, providing wealth management services to individuals, businesses, and foundations. Further, she dedicates time and energy to supporting political causes that align with her social impact agenda.

Bastarache is the Founder and Chairman of Anomaly Factor Productions Inc., a new media and entertainment company. Anomaly finances and produces media and entertainment content and invests in content libraries through its unique industry model.

She is also the Founder and Chairman of August Enterprises Inc., a multi-faceted international company, providing information technologies, technology, finance, and social impact. August provides clients a unique opportunity to enhance their business through creating synergies across these sectors.

Bastarche is consultant with Cerity Partners, a leading Registered Investment Advisory firm, with headquarters in Manhattan. Utilizing her vast experience and network, Ms. Bastarache provides HPM Partners global business development and marketing strategic services.

She was previously Director of Global Business Development at GRT Capital Partners, LLC, a private equity and wealth management firm, connecting qualified investors with exclusive off-market opportunities.

Deadra is a Board Member of Bamboo Capital Partners, a commercial private equity firm based in Geneva and Luxembourg. Bamboo has proven that private capital can be profitably deployed to make social impact in underserved markets through their funds in partnerships with the likes of The United Nations, CARE, World Bank, and others.

She is a member of the board of advisors for the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California.

Fran Dramis

Valor Advisor Board

As a ``Top 100 CIO`` award recipient and former CIO of BellSouth, Fran is uniquely capable of support ValorVC portfolio companies with governance, technical excellence, and deep expert networks in next-generation technology. Before joining Valor's Advisor Board, he had personally invested in over 30 tech startups. Fran has served as head of technology at 5 Fortune 500 companies and on the board of 8 midsize and emerging market companies, including RealOps Inc., US Oncology, Damballa, Nanolumens, and Catavolt. He led technology transformation efforts at Citibank, Coopers & Lybrand, NASDAQ and Bankers Trust and is an ideal environment to connectiong leading tech innovators to Valor founders.

Kathryn Petralia

Valor Advisor Board

Kathryn Petralia is co-founder at COO at Kabbage, the global fintech legend headquartered in Atlanta. She is Board member at Valor portfolio firm and at nonprofit Care.

Robin Bienfait

Founding Partner

Former Chief Enterprise Innovation Officer at Samsung, Chief Information Officer / Chief Technology Officer / Chief Information Security Officer for BlackBerry, and Chief Compliance Officer at AT&T, Robin has 20 years of direct technical due diligence experience as Partner at Valor. She leads Valor’s technical diligence process, chairs our Innovation Council of CIOs, and coordinates portfolio alliances with major enterprise technology firms. She has 15 patents, many in use today. Robin has presented at the CIO Forum, Gartner and Forrester, and is sought for comment by Forbes, Fortune and The Wall Street Journal. She is the founder and owner of Atlanta Tech Park, one of the East Coast’s largest innovation centers. Robin serves on the boards of Mitsubishi Financial (MUFG) and Great West Life Co. She holds a masters degree in the management of information technology from Georgia Tech.

Zhaohan (Amanda) Li

Junior Analyst

Zhaohan Li is a financial analyst at Valor. She studies math and economics at Emory University and studied at the London School of Economics (econometrics and macro-economics). In addition to her financial analysis skills, Amanda is also a founder. With the mission of creating more inclusive work environments for employees with all abilities, she created Ability Enabled -- a discovery, request, and processing tool for disability accommodations that solves two significant problems: lack of real-time information on what accommodations are available; and miscommunication around who and when to request for the accommodation, and what accommodations People with Disabilities (PWD) need. Amanda speaks Chinese, English and Spanish.

Diana Cantor

Valor Advisor Board

Diana Cantor brings unmatched experience in finance and investing to her work on Valor's Advisor Board. Former Goldman Sachs, she is Vice Chair and Trustee of the Virginia Retirement System and Founding Executive Director of the Virginia 529 College Savings Plan. Diana creates custom investment vehicles as Partner, Alternative Investment Management (AIM). Her roles as a public company director include Domino’s Pizza, Universal Corporation, and VICI Properties. She is Treasurer of the finance leadership group, 100 Women in Finance.

Michael Mansfield

Valor Advisor Board

Michael F. Mansfield, Sr. is Chairman/CEO of Mansfield Energy Corp. As a second generation owner, Michael has grown Mansfield from a regional 25 employee company into an $8B provider of diversified energy products and services. Today Mansfield employs 550 team members and ranks 46th on Forbes’ list of America's largest privately owned companies. Michael is the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Southeast Manufacturing/Consumer Products Award winner. He remains active in the EY program and serves as a National judge. Michael mentors Valor through the Kauffman Fellows program and is a source of inspiration and practical advice to Valor entrepreneurs.

Ryan Wilson

Venture Partner / Startup Runway

As co-host of Startup Runway, Ryan is in a unique position to connect minority- and women-led startups to Valor for funding. Celebrated by Ebony, Inc., and Forbes, as CEO and co-founder of The Gathering Spot, a membership club with dining, events and co-working, Ryan has a unique lens on the frontier of culture, creativity and community.

Michael Pellegrino

Junior Analyst

Michael joins Valor as a senior at Vanderbilt University. His passions include math and psychology, and he looks to combine them in the practice of venture capital and working with founders. Before joining Valor, he was an analyst for CBRE's Occupiers Group, working alongside Tenant Rep brokers by participating in client meetings, completing data analytics and research, and creating option presentations for clients.

Lynne Laube

Valor Advisor Board

Lynne Laube is the chief operating officer and co-founder of Cardlytics (NASDAQ:CDLX), a business recognized as one of the country’s fastest growing technology companies by Deloitte Fast 500 and Inc. 5000. Cardlytics was recently named the 5th Best Entrepreneurial Company by Entrepreneur Magazine.

In February 2018, Lynne took Cardlytics public on the Nasdaq, making Cardlytics the first tech IPO of the year. From 2008 through 2017, Lynne secured more than $200 million in capital from leading investors and scaled the company to become the dominant global leader in purchase history-based analytics. In 2016, Lynne was named one of the top 10 venture-backed female founders by Inc. Magazine and Entrepreneur 360. In 2012 and 2013 Lynne was a finalist for E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Lynne has a tremendous passion around helping women excel in the workplace and is a key advisor to Valor's leadership team as well as a Startup Runway mentor.

Becky Blalock

Valor Advisor Board

Former Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Southern Company, Blalock spent nearly a decade directing IT strategy and operations for the 3rd largest utility company in the world. As an active investor and board member, Becky brings unusual capacity to helping scaling software companies with quality governance as well as a worldclass technical network. Under her leadership, Southern Company was recognized as one of the 100 Most Innovative Companies by CIO Magazine and one of the 100 Best Places to Work in IT. Blalock has testified before the DOE and FCC on behalf of the utility industry regarding matters related to cyber security. She serves on the board of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, is a Trustee of the Woodruff Arts Foundation and the Carter Center. She is also an advisor to the Mercer Business School.