Venture For America: Creating Careers That Matter

- Kristiana Tarnuzzer



…grew up among the amber waves of Midwestern grain outside of St. Louis before following her love of post-punk music to sunny Southern California. After earning a degree in philosophy and government from Claremont McKenna College, she did stints in Cameroon and Cambodia, where she helped grow highly-innovative international development organizations. While earning her MBA at NYU’s Stern School of Business, Amy joined the team at B Lab, where she helped launch B Analytics, the leading data platform for impact investors. Amy joined Venture for America in 2013 to lead fundraising, rose to Managing Director in 2016 and then to title of CEO in 2017. As CEO, Amy is focused on making VFA the go-to path for aspiring young entrepreneurs and helping lower the barriers to entrepreneurship for all. 

Amy Nelson VFA CEO Changemaker
Venture For America Changemakers

Venture for america…

…is a two-year fellowship program for recent grads who want to work at a startup and create jobs in American cities. Fellows learn important startup skills at a month-long Training Camp, secure jobs within a vetted company network, and work for two years as full-time, salaried employees in one of 14 cities. When Fellows are ready to start a company -- be it two years after college or ten -- VFA has the resources (think crowdfunding competition, accelerator, and seed fund) to help make that dream a reality.


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