Mel has been with the firm since its inception. She has over 25 years of experience in the venture capital industry alone and has enjoyed working in accounting, financial reporting, investor relations, tax reporting, HR, and legal compliance. Mel started her career at Rural America Fund, a $20 million small business investment company, and then Allied Capital Advisers, at the time an investment adviser to four public and two private investment companies. Her roles at two public companies included paper (and then electronic) SEC filings, stock administration, and the annual meeting/proxy process. Mel has a deep understanding of investment partnerships and our operational structure.