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
Michael Desimone - Senior Vice President of Underwriting and Risk

Michael has been a commercial lender and credit risk professional for more than 15 years providing financing solutions for small and medium sized businesses in leadership, analytical and sales roles with a top twenty bank. He has Bachelor's degrees in Finance and Economics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his Master's in Economics from Portland State University.

Michael Desimone
Senior Vice President of Underwriting and Risk
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

The investment team is focused on helping companies get the funding they need to grow. They work directly with entrepreneurs to understand your business and make sure your financing suits your business needs. Whether you need capital raising advice, have a question about Lighter Capital's revenue-based financing, or are ready to apply for funding – they are waiting to help. Feel free to contact them anytime.

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

Sandhya Nakhasi - Regulatory and Compliance Manager

Sandhya Nakhasi

Regulatory and Compliance Manager

Jie Ji - Portfolio Manager

Jie Ji

Portfolio 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

Hunter Guarino - Underwriting Analyst

Hunter Guarino

Underwriting Analyst

Andrea Oprel - Investment Coordinator

Andrea Oprel

Investment Coordinator

Finance and Servicing

The team is here to help with the ongoing servicing of your RevenueLoan®. They are dedicated to making sure the process is efficient and fast and are there to answer any questions you may have. They put the “service” in Capital-as-a-Service.

Jodi Paulson - Accounting Manager

Jodi Paulson

Accounting Manager

Michelle Whisman - Servicing and Operations Manager

Michelle Whisman

Servicing and Operations Manager

Kristi Finley - Office Manager

Kristi Finley

Office Manager

Marketing

Lighter Capital’s marketing team wants the whole world to know there is a better way for growing technology businesses to raise capital. They spend lots of time making sure entrepreneurs are educated about different funding options and the capital raising process. They are always working on new and interesting ways to get the word out about Lighter Capital RevenueLoans® and how it’s growth capital that’s good for small business.

Rachel Goldstein - VP of Marketing

Rachel Goldstein

Vice President, Marketing

Melody Peng - Head of Relationships

Melody Peng

Head of Relationships

Lexine Pishue - Head of Front End and Systems Operations

Lexine Pishue

Head of Front End and Systems Operations

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

Engineering

Our engineering team is working everyday to make the capital raising process easier so entrepreneurs can focus on running their businesses rather than looking for investors. The team is building technology, creating tools and gathering data that is not only making the application and underwriting processes way more efficient but its also teaching us a whole lot about how to better fund growing technology companies.

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

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