Managing Director & Board Member
Christopher is a full-time angel and an active member of the Boston-area angel investing community with investments in more than 65 start-up companies. He was named one of XConomy's "Top Angel Investors in New England" for 2012.
Christopher is the Chair Emeritus of the Angel Capital Association, an adjunct lecturer in the MBA program at Babson College, a regular advisor and mentor to start-ups, and a frequent panelist and speaker. He regularly publishes articles and eBooks on all aspects of early stage investing and has co-authored several books. Christopher is a member of the Board of Directors or Board of Advisors of numerous start-up companies as well as several non-profits. In addition to his role as a Co-Founder of Seraf, Christopher is a general partner and Managing Director of early stage funds Race Point Capital Fund I & II.
Christopher has served as a public company CFO with IONA Technologies PLC, a corporate and securities lawyer with Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault and as a management consultant with Price Waterhouse's Strategic Consulting Group.
Jodi is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations around deal flow, membership and events at Launchpad.
Prior to joining Launchpad, Jodi held various leadership positions at EF Education and Champion International Paper Company, primarily focusing on operations, marketing and sales.
Jodi graduated from Emory College with a degree in political science and earned her M.B.A. from the College of William and Mary.
Ginny began her career in the Major Gifts department of the Harvard University Development Office. Following her development work, Ginny became interested in endowment financial management and moved to Cambridge Associates, LLC, an investment consulting firm that focuses on endowment management. Ginny has also been an active volunteer in numerous community committees, including the Wellesley Free Library Investment Committee, a parent school volunteer, and Head Agent for her business school class.
Ginny graduated from Trinity College, Hartford, CT with a degree in American Studies and earned her M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Alisha has professional experience in operations and event management with a focus on timeline coordination, day-of logistics and design. She is a Senior Events Associate with Without A Hitch, a top-rated day-of wedding coordination company, and a freelance home organizer.
Alisha graduated from Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, summa cum laude, and pursued additional studies at the London College of Fashion in London, England.
Chairman of the Board
Hambleton (Ham) is an active member of the Boston entrepreneurial community and has built a personal portfolio of 50+ early stage investments.
In the early part of his career, he was on the founding team of three software companies: MicroChem Technologies, Polygen and Advanced Visual Systems. In addition to his role as a Co-Founder of Seraf, Ham is a general partner and Managing Director of early stage fund Race Point Capital Fund II and a board member or board observer for Netra, Qstream, EveryScape and Repsly.
Ham regularly publishes articles and eBooks on all aspects of early stage investing and has co-authored several books. Due to the combination of roles as an investor, advisor and angel group leader, Ham was named one of Xconomy's “Top Angel Investors in New England.”
Gail is an active seed-level investor and an experienced senior executive with more than 25 years’ experience in technology-intensive companies. In addition to her role on Launchpad’s board, she is currently a member of the Clean Energy Venture Group, an advisory board member of The Capital Network, and a board member or observer for two portfolio companies.
Formerly, Gail was executive vice president of Foliage, where she was responsible for corporate-wide P&L management and relationship management for major accounts. Prior to Foliage, Gail spent five years as chief operating officer of Caveo Technology, an entrepreneurial company focused on advanced motion detection systems. Earlier in her career, Gail spent seventeen years at Arthur D. Little, where she was vice president and senior managing director of the company’s technology and product development group.
Gail holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from MIT and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
Dan is a customer-focused leader who builds and leads sales, marketing, and business development organizations that have consistently won in the marketplace. He has developed high performance teams across multiple cultures and created substantial value in early-stage and mature companies. A founding executive at iBasis, a transformative internet-based telecom company, he grew the company to industry leadership with revenues over $1 billion. At Arbinet, he helped engineer the sale of the company after leading a restructuring effort. Dan is active as a mentor to new and emerging companies and as an advisor and consultant to established enterprises. His focus is on market entry, revenue generation, accelerating growth and performance improvement. Dan is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program and received a MBA and MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago.
John co-founded Gilliam Capital LLC, a life science investment firm based in Boston. He is a board member for three healthcare startups and works with a variety of social enterprises. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Entrepreneurship For All, a nonprofit that is accelerating economic and social impact through fostering entrepreneurship in mid-sized cities. He was a co-founder of the RNA interference therapeutics company Alnylam Pharmaceuticals where he held the position of Vice President, Strategy and Finance and CFO through to its successful 2004 IPO. He was Vice President of Business Development at Transkaryotic Therapies through to its acquisition by Shire Pharmaceuticals. Over ten years at Biogen he served in several marketing, business development, sales and finance positions, including Country Manager - United Kingdom and Ireland, and Treasurer. He was a Manager at the strategy-consulting firm of Bain & Company.
John graduated with a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. He was a 2014 Fellow in the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University.
Christine holds an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). She spent most of her career at Wellington Management as an equity analyst and portfolio manager, ultimately being responsible for $2.0 billion in sector fund assets (specialty: consumer staples globally). After a decade in that role, she became the Associate Director of Global Industry Research. In that capacity, she led a team of nearly 100 investment professionals and served on the firm’s management committees, including the Compensation Committee and the Equity Review Committee. At age 39, she retired from the investment management industry to found and successfully run her own company. In recent years, she has leveraged her expertise in analyzing companies to invest in start-ups. She has quickly emerged as an active member of the angel ecosystem in Boston.
Frank is a veteran entrepreneur with broad experience building, leading and investing in successful enterprises. Over the past three decades he has served as Chief Executive Officer of two national corporations, Treasurer of two NYSE companies and a Board member of sixteen additional firms. His industry expertise includes private equity, venture capital and angel investments; healthcare services; mortgage finance; software technology services; and commercial real estate.
Frank is currently Chairman of Amstar, an international real estate private equity firm. He is also an active investor in early stage growth companies in the life science, technology and clean tech industries. Previously he was Chief Executive Officer of The Berkshire Group. At Berkshire he helped launch and grow twelve nationally branded subsidiaries and led four of them to their initial public offering.
Frank has been on the faculty of Harvard University since 2005 and Tufts University since 2012. His academic interests focus on innovation, strategy and capital formation and their influence on enterprise performance. He received his BA from Cornell University and his MBA from the University of Michigan.