Team

LUIS BALDERAS VILLAGRANA

Program Director

Luis Balderas Villagrana is a driven and accomplished ​professional with a passion for innovation, community empowerment, and ​progress. 

Luis's ​career ​i​n entrepreneurship and innovation led him to work closely with founders, honing his skills and insights into the dynamic world of venture capital. His valuable experience includes roles at PSU Center for Entrepreneurship, PSU School of Business, Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, TiE Oregon, Emerge, and Next Up Oregon. Through these diverse experiences, Luis has cultivated a unique perspective on fostering innovation.

As a first-generation individual,​ h​is journey is marked by resilience and determination. His story embodies the power of education, opportunity, and the spirit of giving back.

Through Venture Partners, ​​Luis ​will continue to pave the way for the next generation of innovators and leaders. His unwavering commitment to making an impact is a personal mission and a testament to the transformative possibilities that lie within us all.

Board

Himalaya Rao

Co-Executive Director

Himalaya has a Master of Social Work and MBA, with more than 15 years of working with underserved communities. She has worked with the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network and Portland Seed Fund and co-founded The BFM Fund, a $10mm seed-stage fund. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University, where she teaches MBA and MSF students the fundamentals of venture capital.

Nathan Foos

Co-Executive Director

Nathan has a JD, MBA, and CPA and has spent over six years working with startups and investors from pre-seed through Series B in a variety of technology, life science, and consumer product industries. He has worked closely with Himalaya as the former CFO and current advisor with The BFM Fund, and while working at Keiretsu Forum, developed and produced several educational events, including a comprehensive due diligence training series for investors and founders.

Chris Magaña

Strategic Advisor & Principal

Chris is the President at IMS Capital Management. His duties also include portfolio management and wealth strategy development for our successful families and nonprofit clients. Prior to joining IMS, Chris worked as a portfolio manager for West Coast Trust, an affiliate of Columbia State Bank, where he developed a low turnover, concentrated equity strategy.

Natasha Torres

 

Natasha is currently a tax attorney at 3M Company. Natasha has worked with various organizations all over the nation helping to bring services to vulnerable populations. Most recently she has worked with Rainbow Health which provides health advocacy and AIDS/HIV awareness to the LGBTQIA community, a grassroots organization that is focused on feeding unhomed people in the Twin Cities, and a non-profit that provides scholarships to the students of the Padoc area of South Sudan.

Strategic Plan

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