FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jeanie M. Barnett,
San Mateo, Calif.—GingerBread Capital LLC (GBC), a venture capital fund that makes investments in women founders of high-growth-potential businesses, is pleased to announce that Katherine Rice has joined the GingerBread Capital investment team as Partner.
Katherine brings a strong track record of building multi-channel lifestyle brands in the home furnishings, apparel, food and beverage, and health and wellness sectors. Through her experience as an Operating Partner of private equity fund Altamont Capital Partners, and as CEO of her own business, Rice Advisory Corp., Katherine has significant experience sourcing, financing and partnering with a wide range of growth companies.
“As a key member of our investing team, Katherine brings substantial experience as an investor and operator to the GBC team,” stated GingerBread Founder & CEO Linnea Roberts. “Her extensive experience in operating and growing consumer brands has already contributed greatly to our founders. As a passionate advocate for equality, Katherine is deeply committed to helping women and diverse founders gain access to the capital they need to scale their businesses.”
In addition to her role at GingerBread Capital, Katherine was most recently named by President Joe Biden to serve on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. Katherine is one of 22 commissioners appointed by the President who recommend candidates for the White House Fellows program, which provides young Americans with the experience of working at the highest levels of the federal government.
Previously, Katherine led business development as a senior executive with Williams-Sonoma, Inc., where she incubated new global businesses, structured partnerships and drove strategic initiatives across channels and brands.
Earlier in her career, Katherine was a manager at Bain & Company, partnering with clients in the private equity, retail and consumer industries. She began her career in investment banking at Kidder, Peabody in New York. With extensive advisory and corporate board experience, she currently serves on the boards of Sightglass Coffee and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.
”I am thrilled to join GingerBread Capital, trailblazers in funding early-stage growth companies run by female founders and CEOs,” said Katherine. “I am excited to bring my experience as a senior executive, advisor and investor to GBC as I see enormous opportunity in investing and partnering with women leaders.
“I believe in GBC’s vision, and that together with our partners and portfolios, we will continue to change the landscape for equality and diversity in business and venture capital.”
A native of Texas, Katherine currently lives in Mill Valley, CA. She holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a B.A. from Vanderbilt University.
About GingerBread Capital, LLC
GingerBread Capital (GBC) makes early through later-stage investments in the next generation of women founders and entrepreneurs leading high-growth businesses. GBC helps women gain access to the knowledge, networks, and capital they need to build and scale successful enterprises, and encourages other women to do the same. GBC was founded in 2016 by Linnea Roberts, a former Managing Partner in the Technology sector at Goldman Sachs, where she also led the firm’s diversity efforts until her retirement, the same year she launched GBC.