Leslie joined Ignition Partners in 2016 as its Office Coordinator. In her role, she maintains office systems and daily operations, while providing administrative support to the Ignition team. Prior to Ignition, Leslie spent the previous six years in office management and administration in both the transportation and commercial construction industries. Earlier in her career, she worked as a paralegal focusing on business and environmental litigation.
Leslie attended the University of Arizona where she studied psychology and she holds a Certification in Paralegal Studies.
Laurel joined Ignition in May 2007 as an Executive Assistant. Laurel brings a diverse background in investor relations, real estate, management, recruiting and marketing to the Ignition team. Laurel dedicates much of her time towards investor relations, event planning and administrative support for Robert Headley, Cameron Myhrvold, Richard Fade, Steve Hooper and Adrian Smith.
Prior to Ignition, Laurel spent 12 years as an Executive Assistant supporting the CFO, General Counsel and Chairman for the largest retail property group worldwide, Australian-owned Westfield Group (a Los Angeles-based REIT). During her administrative role, Laurel was a major contributor in Westfield America’s IPO in May 1997 including preparation of the company’s prospectus. Laurel traveled with senior executives and investors on US property tours and on occasion worked in the New York office to assist in Westfield’s largest acquisitions including Rodamco ($2.3 billion) announced in January 2002.
Laurel studied performing arts in Portland, OR and Los Angeles, CA. She holds administrative and marketing certificates and is a member of VCOMA (Venture Capital Office Managers Association) and IAAP (International Association of Administrative Professionals).
Debbie joined Ignition in 2009 as an Executive Assistant, after several years serving key executives in both the public and private sectors. In this role she provides executive support to John Connors and Jonathan Roberts, including assisting with complex calendaring and travel, coordinating board meetings, and planning the annual investor meeting and other events.
Prior to joining Ignition, Debbie was the Management Assistant to the Managing Partner at Ernst & Young; Executive Assistant to the CFO, Controller and Investor Relations at Wall Data; and Executive Assistant to the General Counsel and VP, Strategy and Chief Marketing Officer at drugstore.com. Early in her career she assisted the Press Secretary and Speechwriter in the Office of the Mayor, City of Seattle, including scheduling press conferences and representing the mayor’s office at civic functions.
Debbie’s roles have involved extensive interaction with regional, national and international contacts, in addition to board members, legal counsel, bankers, and hotel and event representatives.
Debbie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and Sociology from Principia College.
Carol joined Ignition in October 2016 as an Executive Assistant. She provides support to Nick Triantos and Preeti Rathi, including assisting with heavy calendaring, coordinating travel, and designing visual graphics for company events.
Prior to this, Carol was an Administrative Assistant to several Senior Vice Presidents at Wells Fargo Advisors for over seven years. During her time there, she helped the SVPs’ build lasting relationships with their clients and assisted with onboarding and training new hires.
Carol holds a BA in Business Management Economics from University of California, Santa Cruz.
Molly joined Ignition in 2007 and focuses on portfolio company and fund analytics, as well as due diligence for fundraising. She is a Seattle native, and outside of crunching numbers at Ignition she enjoys spending time with her family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest hiking, biking, running and skiing.
Before joining Ignition, Molly worked in the banking industry in commercial lending in both Seattle and Silicon Valley. Molly holds an MBA from Seattle University and a BA in Business – Finance from Washington State University.
Christy joined Ignition in 2007, where she handles management company financial statements along with Accounts Payable. Her prior experience includes Audit, Tax, Cash Management and Financial Accounting in various industries, including a top public accounting firm, a Fortune 100 telecommunications company, and a leading global video game company. She earned her accounting degree from the University of Oregon, and holds a CPA certificate.
Christy enjoys walking, hiking, traveling and sightseeing with her photographer husband, Ray.
Kenji joined the Ignition Partners finance team in 2015. He started his career at Deloitte specializing in international tax and serving clients in the private equity and high tech industries. Subsequent to Deloitte, Kenji spent time working for Amazon.com on the international tax planning team supporting the Amazon Web Services business. Kenji received his undergraduate degree in Japanese from the University of Utah, his Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and his Juris Doctor degree from Gonzaga University School of Law.
During his free time, Kenji enjoys spending time with his family while sailing, skiing, hiking, camping and traveling.
Rhonda joined Ignition in 2016 as an Executive Assistant providing executive support for Partners Frank Artale, Brad Goldberg, Steve Hooper, and Scott Coleman. Rhonda brings to her role over twenty years of experience in private equity and venture capital administration, investor relations, event planning and travel logistics. Prior to joining Ignition, Rhonda spent twelve years as an Executive Assistant and Administrative Partner to the Founder and Managing Partner of Draper Richards, a venture capital firm based in Menlo Park, California. After relocating to Seattle, she served as an executive assistant and administrator to high-profile CEO and senior-level executives in the private equity and healthcare industries.
Rhonda studied health informatics at the University of Washington. She holds a paralegal certification and is a Notary Public. Rhonda is a member of the Venture Capital Office Managers Association (VCOMA) and the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP).
Lesly is a Fund Accounting Manager for Ignition and has been with the team since 2012. Lesly’s experience spans external and internal audit, small business tax compliance, as well as operational experience as a small business controller. She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Music from San Jose State University.
On the weekends, Lesly can be found spending time with her husband and two daughters cooking, food exploring, city surfing, and attending any live music event she can find!
Kaori joined Ignition in 2013 as an Executive Assistant and Office Manager in Los Altos office. She supports Nick Sturiale. Prior to Ignition, she spent 8 years as an Executive Assistant and Business Development Associate at Icon Ventures (Formerly Jafco Ventures). Early in her career, she worked for Tokyo-based PRAP Japan, a top ranked PR consulting firm as an Account Executive. Her major clients there included Nike Japan and the Boeing company.
Kaori attended Nanzan University where she earned a BA. She holds an accounting certificate from University of California Santa Cruz.
Kim holds the position of Senior Fund Accountant at Ignition Partners. She joined Ignition in 2016 after three years at Deloitte Tax LLP. While at Deloitte, Kim specialized in U.S. tax compliance serving private equity clients and high net worth individuals. She also spent a year working in Deloitte’s international tax department which included consulting on international tax planning and U.S. tax compliance for multinational organizations. Kim is a CPA and earned a B.B.A in Accounting and Master of Accountancy from Gonzaga University.
Outside of work, Kim enjoys serving as a member of the Junior League of Seattle as well as spending time hiking and camping, especially in her home state of Idaho.
Magdalene is a Fund Accounting Manager at Ignition Partners. She joined Ignition in 2006 after spending three years at Three Arch Partners, a healthcare focused venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. Mag was born and raised in Singapore and is fluent in Mandarin. She graduated from Indiana University Kelley School of Business and studied abroad at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands.
When Mag is not chasing after her two young boys, you can find her watching HGTV and exploring the Seattle food scene.