We value all forms of diversity and consider an inclusive approach to business a key competitive advantage.
At Impact America Fund, the diversity of our backgrounds and collective experiences gives us the cultural and business fluency to drive success among our portfolio companies.
Kesha Cash was recently named one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” and is the subject of a 2016 Stanford Graduate School of Business case study on how to form a successful impact venture capital firm. She has nearly a decade of experience and leadership in impact investing, previously at Jalia Ventures, a $5 million fund that she co-founded with Josh Mailman to invest in mission-driven entrepreneurs of color, and as an investment associate at Bridges Ventures in the UK. Kesha has also worked as an operational consultant to small businesses in inner-city Los Angeles and as a mergers & acquisitions analyst at Merrill Lynch. She currently serves on the board of directors of Eileen Fisher, Inc. Kesha received her M.B.A. from Columbia University and her B.A. in Applied Mathematics from UC Berkeley.
Melissa is a writer, editor, and content producer, who has always been interested in the connection between culture, community, and social justice. She started her writing career as the youth columnist for San Diego’s labor and progressive politics monthly, The San Diego Review and, at 18, co-founded Axcess Magazine, which was subsequently purchased by Mondo 2000 founder and Wired magazine columnist, Ken Goffman. Melissa has worked for a diverse collection of companies from small, independently-owned businesses to Time-Life Music and Microsoft, where she began a love affair with digital communications as editor of MSN Shopping’s seven weekly e-newsletters. In 2015, her work with political consultancy Cerillion N4 Partners won five Pollie Awards from the American Association of Political Consultants. She is currently pursuing a double degree in Ethnic, Gender, and Labor Studies and Urban Studies from the University of Washington.
Yusill Scribner oversees the firm’s business operations and serves as a strategic advisor to the General Partner. Previously, she was Vice President of Strategy, New Business & Digital at Nickelodeon Group (Viacom Media Networks), where she worked closely with the President & CEO on long-range planning and growth for the multibillion-dollar business. While at Nickelodeon, she also served as the corporate business lead on the development and production of SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical. Yusill has also worked at Palantir Technologies, where she oversaw growth for a multimillion-dollar healthcare account. Prior to joining the private sector, she served as Chief of Staff to United States Attorney Preet Bharara in the Southern District of New York and managed press and public affairs for the organization. Yusill received a B.A. cum laude in Political Economics from Barnard College of Columbia University.
Stefanie joined Impact America Fund in 2015 to combine years of transactional experience with a passion to drive more equitable capital in venture. Emerging as a voice of “Black Women VCs” (Fast Company), Stefanie has centered her efforts around network effects that propel the work of bootstrapped entrepreneurs—an ode to her father who overcame tremendous challenges as a low-income business owner.
Prior to IAF, she co-founded Quarterback Impact while also managing fund development for an impact investment evergreen project. In 2014, a 6,000 mile road trip to work with entrepreneurs across the US led to her deepened involvement in building more inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems and amplifying the economic imperative for venture investment in overlooked markets. Before the switch to venture, Stefanie served as a Vice President in Citigroup’s global banking division. She received her M.B.A. from the Ross School at the University of Michigan and her B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Kaiton Williams is a systems engineer and a human-computer interaction researcher, with experience building large-scale internet services and studying the intertwined cultural and technical issues that have grown around them. Before joining Impact America, Kaiton held senior engineering roles at Microsoft and received his PhD in Information Science from Cornell University, where his research focused on the experiences of tech entrepreneurs building products for and from communities outside of Silicon Valley’s "normal."
Our professional experience includes investment banking on Wall Street, academic research and computing, corporate strategy and business development, communications, and non-profit development.
Our team, fellows, and advisors have deep personal ties to the communities we aim to serve. We tap into these lived experiences to bring value and know-how to the mission. Our steadfast commitment to the work sharpens our competitive edge.