The Stanford•NVCA Venture Capital Symposium is the premier governance program for members of the venture capital community. Investors, startup executives and directors of venture-backed companies will gain the skills needed to respond effectively to real-world governance challenges that commonly arise at VC firms and their portfolio companies, including conflicts of interest, culture and inclusion, board-founder relationships and boardroom mechanics. Participants will also explore best practices in fund management and learn about emerging policy and regulatory issues that may affect their funds and investments. Speakers include leading venture capitalists, limited partners, CEOs, regulators, attorneys and scholars.



Joseph A. Grundfest

W.A. Franke Professor of Law and Business, Stanford Law School; Senior Faculty, Rock Center for Corporate Governance; Co-Founder and Director, Financial Engines

Joseph A. Grundfest ’78 is a nationally prominent expert on capital markets, corporate governance, and securities litigation. His scholarship has been published in the Harvard, Yale, and Stanford law reviews, and he has been recognized as one of the most influential attorneys in the United States. Professor Grundfest founded the award-winning Stanford Securities Class Action Clearinghouse, which provides detailed, online information about the prosecution, defense, and settlement of federal class action securities fraud litigation. Professor Grundfest previously served as a commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and on the staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors as counsel and senior economist for legal and regulatory matters.


Kristen Savelle

Managing Director, Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University; Co-Director, Stanford•NVCA Venture Capital Symposium

Kristen is responsible for planning, coordinating and executing Rock Center research projects and programs, including the Venture Capital executive education program. She also oversees Stanford’s Securities Class Action Clearinghouse and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Clearinghouse, and maintains strategic relationships with corporate affiliates and other key partners. Kristen researches and writes on topics in securities law and corporate governance.


Jason Vita

Director of Programming & Industry Relations, National Venture Capital Association; Co-Director, Stanford•NVCA Venture Capital Symposium

Jason’s background includes 12 years of experience in data analytics, business development, fundraising, event management, and client-relationship management. As Director of Programming & Industry Relations at the National Venture Capital Association (“NVCA”), Jason brings a unique blend of experience from a publicly traded company, start-up, Senate Office, and trade association.



The Rock Center for Corporate Governance was founded at Stanford University in 2006 with a generous donation from Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock, with the belief that by examining what constitutes good corporate governance and how to measure it in new and more rigorous ways, we could shape the future of corporate governance. For more information, please visit the Rock Center website.

As the voice of the U.S. venture capital community, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) empowers its members and the entrepreneurs they fund by advocating for policies that encourage innovation and reward long-term investment. As the venture community’s flagship trade association, the NVCA serves as the definitive resource for venture capital data and unites its member firms through a full range of professional services.



The Rock Center Affiliates contribute through sponsorship and program input on an annual basis and support sustained scholarship, policy, relevant research and teaching, and program development that bridges the gap between academia and the real world. You can find more information about the Affiliate Program here.


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