Co-Directors

OVERVIEW

The Stanford/NVCA Venture Capital Symposium will focus on practical solutions to governance issues that commonly arise among private venture-backed companies from early stage formation until exit through acquisition or IPO.

 

PROGRAM DIRECTORS

Joseph A. Grundfest

Joseph A. Grundfest

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.

Joseph A. Grundfest

Kristen Savelle

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.

 

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Evan Epstein

Evan Epstein

Founder & Managing Partner, Pacifica Global Corporate Governance; Co-Director, Stanford/NVCA Venture Capital Symposium

Evan is the Founder & Managing Partner of Pacifica Global, an international corporate governance advisory firm focused on corporate governance, anti-corruption, and shareholder rights issues throughout Latin America. He is the former Executive Director of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance, where he created, led and supported a broad portfolio of executive education programs and events for corporate directors, senior executives, institutional investors, journalists and local practitioners. He was one of the founding Co-Directors of the Stanford Directors’ College for Venture-Backed Company Directors(VCDC) and spearheaded the Rock Center’s focus on governance for private venture-backed companies, in addition to international executive education programs spanning the Americas and Asia. Evan also lectures, researches and writes on topics in corporate governance, venture capital and deals in Latin America.

 

ABOUT THE ROCK CENTER

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.