JAN HENDRICKSON, Managing Partner, Denny Hill Capital. Jan has enjoyed working with early stage companies for over ten years as a venture capitalist, in roles governing, strategy development, advising, capital raising, investing and fund managing. She is co-founder of Denny Hill Capital, an early stage, multi-industry venture capital firm supporting the Pacific Northwest’s entrepreneurs, and manages Denny Hill’s predecessor fund which has delivered a ten year performance in the top quartile nationally for early stage venture capital. Jan also brings extensive governance experience to the company boards she serves. She is currently Chairman (Co-) of butter LONDON and TC Global (dba Tully’s Coffee,), and a director of The Commerce Bank of Washington and WideAngle Technologies. She is very honored to have been named a “Woman of Influence” by the Puget Sound Business Journal, and is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on topics ranging from building boards to strategic leadership.
Jan previously served as Vice President with Seattle’s most established middle market investment banking firm, where she represented companies in technology, manufacturing, healthcare, and consumer retail markets, managing acquisitions and mergers, recapitalizations, and fundraising transactions. Prior consulting clients include The Boeing Company and New Balance Athletic Shoes. During her career in operations, Jan led or participated in financings in excess of $600 million. In her most recent operations role, she was the first Chief Financial Officer of a $5 billion start-up responsible for financing, constructing and operating a regional mass transit system, which she established as a new credit, closing its first bond issue, $350 million, at historically low interest rates, and achieving the highest credit ratings ever assigned to a transit agency. Prior experience includes Chief Financial Officer for the Port of Seattle’s Seaport where she managed a $600 million capital investment program, and Researcher for Battelle Seattle Research Center contributing to federal DOE, DOT and NRC policy development.
A native Seattleite, Jan holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of the Washington, and is a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow. She is a past chair and director emeritus of the Woodland Park Zoo, past president and current trustee of the Frye Art Museum, a member of the Community Development Round Table, a trustee of the Rainier Club, a founding director of the Seattle-based Women’s Bioethics Project, past chair of Wellspring Family Services of King County Board of Directors, and a former director of Historic Seattle Preservation and Development Authority. Jan can’t live without her running shoes, skis or yoga mat.