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Founded by two women, a military veteran and a software engineer. Ethena is backed by all-star investors and advised by some of the biggest names in the compliance game.

Founders

Roxanne Petraeus

CEO

Roxanne is a Harvard and Oxford graduate, U.S. army combat veteran, former McKinsey consultant, and a Rhodes Scholar.

Anne Solmssen

CTO

Anne is a Harvard Computer Science graduate and former tech lead at public-safety startup Mark43.

Advisors

Frances Frei

Frances is a Harvard Business School professor, and expert in leadership, culture, and how companies create the conditions for individuals to thrive. Pretty relevant, don't you think?

Melissa Tidwell

Melissa is the former General Counsel of Reddit, with prior experience at both Google and as a lawyer at Debevoise & Plimpton and Morrison & Foerster. She holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Chris Chin

Chris is the Director of the Legal Transformation and Technology team at Google, the former head of Google's Commercial Legal team, and has experience at Oracle, Netscape,  Ariba, and Loyola Law School.

Jessica Yuen

Jess is an operational advisor to startup CEOs and CHROs and formerly served as Chief People Officer at Gusto and Couchbase. She started her career at McKinsey, Yahoo!, and Khan Academy, and earned engineering degrees from UCSD and Stanford. 

Matthew Hoffman

Matt is the People Operations & Talent Leader at M13 and former VP of People for DigitalOcean. 

Content and Research

Advisors

Frances Frei

Frances is a Harvard Business School professor, and expert in leadership, culture, and how companies create the conditions for individuals to thrive. Pretty relevant, don't you think?

Melissa Tidwell

Melissa is the former General Counsel of Reddit, with prior experience at both Google and as a lawyer at Debevoise & Plimpton and Morrison & Foerster. She holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Chris Chin

Chris is the Director of the Legal Transformation and Technology team at Google, the former head of Google's Commercial Legal team, and has experience at Oracle, Netscape,  Ariba, and Loyola Law School.

Jessica Yuen

Jess is an operational advisor to startup CEOs and CHROs and formerly served as Chief People Officer at Gusto and Couchbase. She started her career at McKinsey, Yahoo!, and Khan Academy, and earned engineering degrees from UCSD and Stanford. 

Matthew Hoffman

Matt is the People Operations & Talent Leader at M13 and former VP of People for DigitalOcean. 

Ajua Duker

Content Contributor

Ajua is a PhD student in Social Psychology at Yale whose research focuses on discrimination, including the efficacy of norms-based sexual assault interventions.

Chloe Grace Hart

Content Contributor

Chloe is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Stanford, whose research focuses on sexual harassment in organizations. Her research has been covered in The New York Times, NPR, and Scientific American.

Mallory Jane Weiss

Content Creator

Mallory is NYC-based writer and playwright with a master's degree in playwriting from The New School and a BA in English from Harvard University.

Investors 

Homebrew

Neo Ventures

Village Global

GSV Ventures

Jane VC

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