Head of Investor Relations & ESG

Susan Stella

Susan oversees all investor engagement and IR activities, marketing and communications as well as ESG initiatives and management across the firm.

Prior to Activate, Susan provided strategic consulting to the private equity and venture capital industry. Her clients include multi-billion-dollar private equity funds, up-and-coming venture funds, and industry associations. Prior to her work as a consultant, she was Principal and Director of Investor Relations and Marketing with Knightsbridge Advisers, Director of the Thunderbird Global Private Equity Center, Marketing Co-Chair of the Thunderbird Independent Alumni Association, and Partner/Co-Founder at Venture Archetypes, a strategic advisory firm.

Her background also includes professional assignments with Intel; the German Ministry of Economics and Labor; Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in Germany; and the US Peace Corps and United Nations, as part of a three-year stint living and working in Mongolia.

Susan holds a degree, with honors, from Drake University and an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, where she received the highest honor awarded to a single graduate, the Barton Kyle Yount Award. Susan is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of global exchange nonprofit Cultural Vistas and sits on the Sanctuary Advisory Committee of Mass Audubon Wildwood Camp. In her free time, Susan enjoys museums, traveling, XC skiing, and kayaking with her family.