FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – OCTOBER 19, 2012 – ANN ARBOR, MICH. – The Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA) has hired Carrie Jones as its executive director. In this role, Jones will work with the organization’s board of directors to set MVCA’s strategic direction and execute its mission to bring together venture capital groups from across Michigan.
“Carrie’s experience and energy are tremendous assets for MVCA and her leadership will take the organization to the next level,” said Tim Petersen, MVCA president. “It’s important that the state’s venture community have the strong, clear voice Carrie will provide as we work to engage business and government leaders in our mission. MVCA’s members are committed to fostering and supporting the growth and success of Michigan’s emerging companies.”
Prior to joining MVCA, Jones served as director of the Michigan Film Office. In that role, she was responsible for all of the organization’s operations, including the administration of the state’s Film and Digital Media Incentive program, marketing, staff management, and industry relations. Most notably, working closely with state legislators and industry professionals, Jones led the implementation of Michigan’s new grant-based film incentive program.
“I am excited to join MVCA and to be a part of the great work it is doing to transform and grow our state’s economy,” Jones said. “It is always a thrill to work with people who are committed to Michigan and I look forward to helping MVCA make Michigan a nationally recognized venture capital location. Our story – that entrepreneurs have tremendous access to funding support here – is a powerful one that’s still unknown to many, and I am looking forward to getting out there to tell it to the world.”
Jones earned her bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Furman University.
About the MVCA
The MVCA is a non-profit trade organization designed to bring together venture capital industry participants in the state of Michigan. The organization’s goal is to grow and sustain a vibrant venture capital community in Michigan. Membership includes private venture capital funds, corporate venture capital funds, private equity firms, angel investors, and entrepreneurial infrastructure participants. The MVCA is a vehicle to bring together industry participants and to provide a concerted voice for Michigan’s venture capital industry. www.michiganvca.org
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