Sharah Marwah

Sharah joined Venrock in 2017 as Head of Talent. She focuses on talent strategy for both the firm and portfolio companies. Previously, Sharah was the Director of Recruiting at One Medical, a business focused on transforming healthcare technology, delivery and experience in primary care. There, she built, scaled and led the team responsible for recruiting talent for the whole organization across a diverse range of areas including clinical, executive, corporate, product and engineering. Prior to One Medical, Sharah spent several years leading executive search projects at Daversa Partners for industry-leading, innovative technology start-ups nationwide. Sharah is originally from Hong Kong and received her BA in Anthropology from New York University.

David Stepp

David is responsible for overseeing the operations and administration of the firm. David also serves as Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel, managing the firm’s regulatory, legal, and compliance programs. David joined Venrock in 2007 from Cooley LLP, where his practice focused on the formation and representation of venture capital partnerships and the representation of emerging growth and smallcap public technology companies.

David is a member of the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association. He earned his B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Christy Lawrence

Christy brings more than fifteen years of diverse finance, tax and software experience in the VC industry. Prior to joining Venrock, Christy was the Controller at DCM, a Silicon Valley based international venture capital firm, where she was responsible for the day-to-day management, audit, tax and LP reporting of the firm’s investment partnerships, and was also involved with other operational and compliance aspects of the firm. Prior to DCM, her entrepreneurial spirit and drive for efficiencies led her to form and successfully manage her own consulting business, and for nearly three years she provided accounting and software services to a number of venture capital and private equity firms in the Bay Area, and acted as interim CFO for several start-ups. Christy also worked as the Controller for Fox Paine, a private equity firm focused on leveraged buyout transactions. Christy began her professional career with PricewaterhouseCoopers, the last three years of which were in the Venture Capital Audit & Advisory group in Silicon Valley.

Christy is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the California State Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA). She’s a graduate of the University of Calgary (Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting).

Lisa Harris

Lisa joined Venrock as Chief Financial Officer in January 2012, and leads Venrock’s Finance team, which is responsible for the financial reporting of the firm’s investment funds as well as the day-to-day management of firm-wide finance and accounting matters. In addition, Lisa is responsible for investor relations and LP reporting, and works closely with our legal team on fundraising, operations and regulatory compliance matters.

Lisa has over 25 years of professional experience in financial services, and has been working directly in the venture capital industry since early 2001. Prior to joining Venrock, Lisa was CFO of international venture capital firm DCM, where she had oversight of global finance operations and advised portfolio company management teams, providing operational and financial guidance and assistance. Prior to DCM, Lisa held the Assistant Controller position at Sierra Ventures. Lisa began her professional career with KPMG LLP, first in Canada, then in the U.S., as an Audit Manager serving various private and public clients in the financial, real estate and technology sectors.

Lisa holds the Chartered Accountant (CA) designation, and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia (ICABC). Lisa also holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Victoria. She is an active member of the National Venture Capital Association’s CFO Task Force and also served for five years on the Board of the West Coast Chapter of the Private Equity CFO Association (PECFOA).

Nicole Pack

Nicole joined Venrock in 2010 and oversees marketing and communications for the firm, in addition to advising portfolio companies. She brings a combination of agency and corporate experience to her role at the firm, having worked with a range of technology companies to shape their brands and raise visibility over the past 18 years. Most recently, Nicole was a Vice President at communications firm Horn Group, where she led the Venrock, Emergence Capital, Taleo, Tealeaf and CollabNet accounts. Prior to Horn Group, she spent several years at Autodesk, where she led corporate communications, including executive visibility, crisis and international communications. Earlier in her career, she worked at PR firms Blanc & Otus and Neale-May & Partners, where she worked with eFax, Entrust, Interwoven, MyPoints, among others.

Nicole received her B.S. in Marketing from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Sherman Souther

As Associate General Counsel, Sherman works on a variety of legal matters arising from Venrock’s investments, operations and regulatory compliance. Sherman joined Venrock in 2009 from Cooley, where he was a member of the firm’s business department, in the emerging company practice group. Sherman’s practice at Cooley focused on the formation, financing and representation of emerging growth companies, with an emphasis on securities transactions, including private equity financings, public offerings and mergers and acquisitions. Additionally, his practice included the representation of public companies in public offerings, private placements, mergers and acquisitions and periodic reporting requirements. These practice areas complement each other well and serve Venrock and our portfolio companies.

Sherman is a member of the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association. He earned his B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Colorado and his J.D. at the Duke University School of Law.