Get to Know Our Venture for America Fellows

by | Sep 7, 2017

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.