Announcing our $25M Salesforce Fund Login

Meet the Team

BJ Lackland - CEO

BJ joined Lighter Capital as CEO in 2012. BJ has spent more than 15 years on both sides of the table of small business financing, including time as a VC and angel investor, the CFO of a public technology company, and an executive at startup technology companies.

BJ Lackland
CEO
Molly Otter - CIO

Molly has been an investment professional for 10+ years with a focus on providing debt for middle market companies. She was previously a VP at AEA Investors LP as a member of both the Mezzanine and Senior Debt teams. She has her BA from Dartmouth College and her MSc from the London School of Economics.

Molly Otter
CIO
John Roper - CTO

Before Lighter Capital John was a Principal Software Engineer at eBay Inc., where he lead a team developing technologies that combined machine vision features with traditional text based features. Prior to eBay, John helped build Positronic Inc., a machine learning quantitative hedge fund.

John Roper
CTO
Jacob Colker - CMO

Jacob has spent more than 10 years running marketing programs and building tech startup companies, including time as CEO, GM, and cofounder of two of his own. He is an active startup mentor, angel investor, and lecturer on entrepreneurship.

Jacob Colker

CMO

Joe Silver - VP of Finance

Joe has over ten years of finance experience across corporate finance, commercial lending and investment management. He began his career at GE Capital and has since worked in microfinance, impact investing and financial technology firms. Joe received a BA from the University of Washington and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Joe Silver
Vice President of Finance
Allen Johnson - Managing Partner

Allen has 15+ years of experience with small business lending and successfully helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses. Most of this time was spent with GE Capital, where he was connected to entrepreneurs in many roles throughout the commercial and credit management organization. Most recently he was the Managing Director overseeing the western region commercial team.

Allen Johnson
Senior Managing Director, Investment Team

Investments & Servicing

R. Branden Harper - Senior Director, Investment Team

R. Branden Harper

Senior Director, Investment Team

Jody Page - Director, Investment Team

Jody Page

Director, Investment Team

Jon Prentice - Director, Investment Team

Jon Prentice

Director, Investment Team

Zach Hoene - Director, Investment Team

Zach Hoene

Director, Investment Team

Masha Khusid - Associate, Investment Team

Masha Khusid

Associate, Investment Team

Lucas Marshall - Associate, Investment Team

Lucas Marshall

Associate, Investment Team

Chris Faulkner - Analyst, Investment Team

Chris Faulkner

Analyst, Investment Team

Jie Ji - Underwriting Manager

Jie Ji

Underwriting Manager

Scott Meyers - Associate, Underwriting

Scott Meyers

Associate, Underwriting

Nneka Ezeabogu - Associate, Underwriting

Nneka Ezeabogu

Associate, Underwriting

Patrick Philley - Associate, Underwriting

Patrick Philley

Associate, Underwriting

Sandhya Nakhasi - Underwriting and Servicing Operations Manager

Sandhya Nakhasi

Underwriting and Servicing Operations Manager

Michelle Whisman - Servicing Manager

Michelle Whisman

Servicing Manager

Hunter Guarino - Underwriting Analyst

Hunter Guarino

Underwriting and Servicing Analyst

Finance

Jodi Paulson - Accounting Manager

Jodi Paulson

Accounting Manager

Jordan McIntosh - Financial Analyst

Jordan McIntosh

Financial Analyst

Kristi Finley - Office Manager

Kristi Finley

Office Manager

Marketing

Melody Peng - Head of Relationships

Melody Peng

Head of Relationships

Alex Walz - Head of Growth

Alex Walz

Head of Growth

Caitlin Goetze - Head of Community

Caitlin Goetze

Head of Community

Tom Malcolm - Head of Partnerships

Tom Malcolm

Head of Partnerships

Anna Effort - UX Designer

Anna Effort

UX Designer

Ian Denning - Head of Content

Ian Denning

Head of Content

Andrea Oprel - Investment Coordinator

Andrea Oprel

Investment Coordinator

Engineering & Data

Drew Vance - Principal Engineer, Platform

Drew Vance

Principal Engineer, Platform

Steven Lynch - Software Engineer

Steven Lynch

Senior Software Engineer

Taylor Jensen - Software Engineer

Taylor Jensen

Senior Software Engineer

Scott Grohusky - Software Engineer

Scott Grohusky

Software Engineer

Brad Lucas - Software Engineer

Brad Lucas

Software Engineer

Luke Davis - Junior Software Engineer

Luke Davis

Junior Software Engineer

Chen Zhou - Data Analyst

Chen Zhou

Data Analyst

Rachel Goldstein - VP of Marketing

Rachel Goldstein

Vice President, Marketing

Lexine Pishue - Head of Front End and Systems Operations

Lexine Pishue

Head of Front End and Systems Operations

Board of Directors

Jeff Seely, Chairman

Jeff Seely

Founder and former CEO for ShareBuilder Securities, Trustee of Washington State Investment Board

Erik Benson, Board Member

Erik Benson

Managing Director, Voyager Capital

Rob Martin, Board Member

Rob Martin

Managing Partner, Echelon Capital

Andy Sack, Board Member

Andy Sack

Venture Capitalist & Lighter Capital Founder

Investors

Community Investment Management
Echelon Capital
Voyager Capital