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Kef Kasdin

Board Chair, Rachel's Network; founding General Partner of Battelle Ventures

Kef Kasdin

Kef Kasdin is Board Chair at Rachel’s Network, a vibrant community of women at the intersection of environmental advocacy, philanthropy and women’s leadership with a mission to promote women as agents of change dedicated to the stewardship of the earth.

Kef also teaches the introductory “Foundations of Entrepreneurship” course at Princeton University where she inspires and mentors 50 Princeton undergraduates per semester to launch innovations that can create value and make a difference in the world.  

Kef is also President of Princeton AlumniCorps, an independent 501(c)3 organization which mobilizes people, organizations and networks for the public good. Prior to assuming this role in June 2016, Kef created and grew AlumniCorps’ ARC Innovators program, which matches experienced professionals with impactful pro bono projects in the social sector, inspiring participants toward encore careers.  Kef herself has made that transition.

Kef received her BSE degree from Princeton University in 1985 in Operations Research, with a certificate in Science and Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School; and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in 1989.  Earlier in her career she held senior leadership roles at 3Com Corporation, including general manager of a $1B division; and was a founding General Partner of Battelle Ventures where from 2003 to 2015 she led the firm’s investments in clean energy and started several companies based on Department of Energy Lab technologies.

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