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Investment Team

Jamie McGurk
Jamie McGurk
General Partner, San Francisco

Jamie has 10 years of experience focused on private tech equity investing, from early-stage venture to late-stage growth, encompassing $22 Bn in private capital, $24 Bn in IPO volume and $23 Bn in M&A for portfolio companies. Prior to joining BAM Elevate, Jamie was a Managing Partner at Coatue and a Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, where his responsibilities included Investing, Fund Management, Portfolio Management, Valuation, Portfolio Servicing, Capital Raising, and Liquidity. He began his career at Morgan Stanley and has a Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Marist College.

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Kristin  Baker Spohn
Kristin Baker Spohn
General Partner, San Francisco

Kristin brings to BAM Elevate ~20 years of experience building and investing in companies at the intersection of technology and healthcare. Prior to BAM, Kristin was a General Partner at CRV where she led private investments across sectors and stages and was a Partner at Social Capital. As a builder, Kristin was the Chief Commercial Officer at Collective Health and led various functions at Castlight Health from seed through IPO. Kristin began her career at Goldman Sachs in Investment Banking. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College. Kristin is a Lecturer in Management at Stanford and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

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Norman Chen
Norman Chen
Partner, San Francisco

Norman joined BAM in May 2021 from Hillhouse Capital where he was previously Co-Head of the U.S. FinTech and Software verticals, directly involved and leading investments in a number of US-based investments. Prior to Hillhouse, Norman was a deal captain at FTV and Associate at TCV, based out of New York and the Bay Area. Norman began his career as a software and internet investment banker at Thomas Weisel Partners (now part of Stifel). Norman received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Southern California

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Esther Shinn
Esther Shinn
Principal, San Francisco

Esther joined BAM in August 2021. Prior to BAM, she worked at Andreessen Horowitz, focusing her time on private tech investments from seed stage venture to growth. Esther began her career as an investment banker working at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group. She received her Bachelor of Science in Finance & Economics from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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Gaurika Sharma
Gaurika Sharma
Investor, New York

Gaurika has 4 years of investing experience. Prior to joining the BAM Elevate team, she was at SoftBank Group International, focused primarily on global consumer investing. She started her career in Technology Investment Banking at the Royal Bank of Canada. Gaurika holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of British Columbia.

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Portfolio Support & Operations Team

Diogo Henriques
Diogo Henriques
Chief Operating Officer, New York

Diogo has 15 years of experience supporting public and private investors across strategy, operations, research, and technology. Prior to BAM Elevate, Diogo was part of the COO team at Citadel Global Equities, where he oversaw day to day operations and the fund’s research process and analytics teams. Before that he was a Director at Coatue, where he led and scaled Coatue’s internal research and portfolio operations groups. Diogo spent the first 6 years of his career at BCG, where he was a core member of the Private Equity Practice and led multiple growth equity due diligences and portfolio work in the consumer, technology, and financial services sectors. He has a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Catolica Lisbon School of Business and Economics, in his native Portugal, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.

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Brooke Beck
Brooke Beck
Managing Director, Client Relations, San Francisco

Brooke has over 20 years’ experience in senior investor relations, capital formation and operations functions at premier asset management firms. She joined Balyasny Asset Management in 2023 as a Managing Director in both its global client-relationship group and growth-stage investing arm BAM Elevate. Prior to BAM, Brooke was at Coatue Management where she helped oversee the Investor Relations/Marketing team and led the venture and growth fundraising for the firm. Prior to Coatue, Brooke was a Partner at Marcato Capital, an activist hedge fund based in San Francisco, where she was named one of Institutional Investor’s “Hedge Fund Rising Stars” in 2017. Brooke held previous leadership roles at Sculptor Capital (fka Och-Ziff) and GoldenTree Asset Management. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Penn State University.

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Mary  Levett
Mary Levett
Senior Associate, Client Relations, New York

Mary joined BAM in November 2021. Prior to BAM, she worked on the Private Capital Markets team at Bank of America where she advised both private and public companies across industries in raising growth equity, structured/mezzanine capital and PIPEs. Prior to Bank of America, Mary worked on the Private Capital Markets team at Barclays. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Emory University's Goizueta Business School.

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Perri  Chilton
Perri Chilton
Operating Director, Talent, New York

Perri joined BAM as an Operating Director in December of 2022 after completing her MBA at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. During her MBA she interned with Primary Venture Partners and the non-profit, All Raise. Prior to business school she worked at Andreessen Horowitz on their Talent Team helping their portfolio companies grow and scale their teams. Perri started her career in recruiting at Uber building the early Data Science and UberEATS teams. In addition to her MBA from Tuck, she holds a B.S. in political science from Santa Clara University.

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Yujin  Chung
Yujin Chung
Operating Director, Go to Market, San Francisco

Yujin is an Operating Director on the BAM Elevate Team based in San Francisco. He joined BAM in January 2023 from SignalFire, an early stage venture capital fund where he was a Partner focused on managing the firm's network of customers, experts, and advisors. Prior to SignalFire, Yujin was a Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. He earned a Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton School, as well as a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Engineering in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University.

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Elizabeth Ocken
Elizabeth Ocken
Operating Director, San Francisco

Elizabeth joined BAM Elevate in 2022 and leads our Marketing efforts. She has extensive experience in marketing and events within the venture capital industry. Prior to joining BAM Elevate, Elizabeth was Global Director of Marketing & Communications at Next47, and previously led the Marketing Events Team at Andreessen Horowitz, where she was a Partner. She started her career at Stanford University, and ran events and communications for development projects and departments. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with an emphasis in Business and Management from Occidental College.

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Paul  Flannery
Paul Flannery
Head of Data Strategy, New York

Paul joined BAM after working at Point72 Asset Management, where he most recently worked in the Chief Investment Office overseeing strategic growth initiatives. He was also a member of the leadership team in Market Intelligence, Point72's research group, focused on data-driven research for investment teams. Before Point72, Paul worked at BlackRock, where he led research and data initiatives for Active Equities and previously worked in the Portfolio Analytics Group. Paul earned his M.S. in Quantitative Management from Duke University and his A.B. from College of the Holy Cross.

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Charlie Flanagan
Charlie Flanagan
Head of Applied AI, New York

Charlie joined BAM Elevate in May 2022 as Head of Data Science. Prior to joining, he was at Google where he was the Data Science Lead for Google Duplex. Charlie also was an instructor at Stanford University teaching Machine Learning for Business with Python. Charlie holds a Bachelors Degree from the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, a Masters Degree in Software Engineering from Harvard University and an MBA from Columbia Business School

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Nickhil Nabar
Nickhil Nabar
Head of Data Science, San Francisco

Nickhil joined BAM Elevate in May 2022 as a Senior Data Scientist. Previously he was the Head of Data Science and Engineering at Theta, where he researched and implemented Bayesian statistical models for customer behavior prediction. He was a Quantitative Developer in ETF market making at Citadel Securities as well. Nickhil holds a BS in Economics (Statistics, Finance) from The Wharton School and a BS in Engineering (Computer Science) through the M&T Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Sid Aziz
Sid Aziz
Software Engineer, New York

Sid joined BAM in May 2022 as a Software Engineer. Previously, he worked within Goldman Sachs' Investment Banking Division as a Software Engineer. Prior to that, he was a Full-stack Web Development Fellow at Pursuit. He holds a degree in Biomedical Sciences from CUNY New York City College of Technology

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Alberto Da Costa
Alberto Da Costa
Engineering Lead, Chicago

Alberto joined BAM in May 2022 as a software engineer. Prior to joining BAM, he was a software engineer at Blend and a data engineer at Facebook. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Chicago.

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Dylaan Cornish
Dylaan Cornish
Data Scientist, Chicago

Dylaan Cornish is a Data Scientist on the BAM Elevate team based in our Chicago office. He joined BAM in January 2023 from the University of Chicago where he earned a Master of Science in Analytics. His research was focused on enhancing privacy in speech recognition using neural networks. Prior to the University of Chicago, he earned a degree in Physics/Astronomy as well as Integrated Science from Northwestern University. He performed astrophysics research for several years, studying high energy gamma-ray bursts using data from NASA’s Swift Space Telescope. He also served on the executive board for Northwestern University Dance Marathon, which helped raise over $1 million to help children in the foster care system.

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Evelyn  Wang
Evelyn Wang
Data Scientist, New York

Evelyn is a data scientist for BAM Elevate in the New York office. She joined BAM in August 2023 after earning her Masters of Science in Data Science from New York University. Prior to assuming this role, she was a data science intern with BAM Elevate and Newell Brands. Her experience also includes working as a market data analyst at Bloomberg, where she covered third party market indices. Evelyn holds a BA in Mathematics from New York University.

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Henry  Harris
Henry Harris
Data Scientist, Boston

Henry joined BAM Elevate in October 2022 as a Data Scientist. Previously he was a Research Analyst at M Science, where he produced data-driven equity research covering the retail sector. Henry holds a BA in Computer Science from the University of Virginia.

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Brad Downes
Brad Downes
Associate Director, Strategic Finance, Denver

Brad is an Associate Director, Strategic Finance and supports BAM Elevate's portfolio companies across finance topics. Brad joined BAM in April 2021 from Boom Supersonic, where he was the VP of Finance. Prior to Boom Supersonic, Brad was an Outsourced CFO/Financial Consultant to multiple businesses. He has also held finance-focused roles with Altitude Digital and Groupon, as well as investment banking roles with Lazard Frères & Co. and Lehman Brothers. He holds a Masters and Bachelors of Accountancy from the University of Iowa.

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Christie Unger
Christie Unger
Operating Associate, New York

Christie Unger is an Operating Associate for BAM Elevate in the New York office. She joined BAM as an Office Administrator in February 2020. She joined us from Rumble where she was a Digital Marketing Intern and Studio Coordinator. Prior to that, Christie was a Marketing Project Management intern at Brooks Brothers. Christie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Marketing Communications, with a minor in Economics, from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

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Maggie Foss
Maggie Foss
Executive Assistant, San Francisco

Maggie Foss is the Executive Assistant for BAM Elevate working in the San Francisco office. She joined BAM as an Office Administrator in July 2021, coming from working at Baxter Construction as their Office Manager. Prior to Baxter Construction, Maggie worked at the Disability Resource Center in San Luis Obispo as a Front Desk Associate and as an Assistant Manager at Pacific Heights Skin Care in San Francisco. Maggie received her Bachelor of Arts in English and minor in Psychology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

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