Get to Know Our Venture for America Fellows

by | Sep 7, 2017 | com­pa­ny cul­ture, team mem­ber spotlight

Ven­ture for Amer­i­ca works with recent col­lege grads look­ing to gain valu­able career expe­ri­ence at high growth com­pa­nies in cities with emerg­ing entre­pre­neur­ial ecosys­tems. In 2016, VFA expand­ed to our home­town of Atlanta, and we didn’t hes­i­tate to bring to fel­lows on board to Search Discovery.

Fast for­ward to 2017, and we now have 6 fel­lows on our team and are look­ing for­ward to bring­ing more fel­lows on board in the future! Check out the slideshow below to learn more about our VFA fel­lows. And if you’re inter­est­ed in hir­ing fel­lows of your own or just want to learn more about the pro­gram, check out VFA’s web­site.

Karissa Austin, VFA ’16

Mar­ket­ing Coordinator

Where did you grow up?

South­ern California.

What’s your alma mater?

Colum­bia University.

Give us a fun fact about you. 

I’m an iden­ti­cal twin!

Ciara Adkins, VFA ’16

Ana­lyst

Where did you grow up?

In the south sub­urbs of Chicago.

What’s your alma mater?

Har­vard College.

Give us a fun fact about you. 

I have a song on Spotify. 

Saffana Humaira, VFA ’17

Ana­lyst

Where did you grow up?

Bangladesh.

What’s your alma mater?

Duke Uni­ver­si­ty.

Give us a fun fact about you. 

A celebri­ty once fol­lowed me on Insta­gram for 6 months until she learned I wasn’t a celebrity. 

Yuan Liu, VFA ’17

Ana­lyst

Where did you grow up?

Chi­na.

What’s your alma mater?

Mid­dle­bury Col­lege and Dart­mouth College.

Give us a fun fact about you. 

I was a tenor in an a cap­pel­la group.

Rachel Smedley, VFA ’17

Ana­lyst

Where did you grow up?

Bri­ar­cliff Manor, NY.

What’s your alma mater?

Uni­ver­si­ty of Virginia.

Give us a fun fact about you. 

I’ve been a wait­ress for 6 years and a bar­tender for 2.

Billy Groble, VFA ’17

Ana­lyst

Where did you grow up?

North­west­ern sub­urbs of Chicago.

What’s your alma mater?

North­west­ern.

Give us a fun fact about you. 

I make a mean smoothie.