The Angel Capital Association is the leading professional association supporting the success of angel investors in high-growth, early-stage ventures. ACA provides professional development, data analyticsindustry voicepublic policy advocacy and an array of benefits and resources to its membership of 14,000 individual accredited investors who invest individually or through more than 250 angel groups and platforms.


  • Mission Statement:  To fuel the success of the accredited angel investor community through advocacy, education and connection building. 

  • Vision:  ACA is recognized as the trusted authority in angel investing.

  • Values:
    • Learning/Curiosity – Recognize and promote best practices.
    • Integrity/Trust – Ensure transparency, trust and high ethical standards in all activities and relationships.
    • Strategic Leadership – Be a source of insightful, inspirational, and forward thinking leadership.
    • Collaboration – Provide collaboration, networking and syndication opportunities for the angel community.
    • Respect – Ensure honest, respectful relationships with all constituents, including investors, entrepreneurs, sponsors and others.
    • Diversity – Encourage diversity in people and cultures throughout the angel community.


As an organization that was established by angel groups for angel groups, the Angel Capital Association is led by a Board of Directors comprised of representatives of leading angel groups.  Below are Board Officers and Directors for terms through June 30, 2021.

Board Officers

Tony Shipley
Queen City Angels

Marcia Dawood
Vice Chair
Next Wave Ventures

Peter Adams
Rockies Venture Club

Linda L. Smith
Executive Committee
Sierra Angels

Pat Gouhin
Chief Executive Officer

Board of Directors

Elaine Bolle
RTP Capital Associates

Juliana Garaizar
Individual Investor

John Harbison
Tech Coast Angels

Angela Jackson
Portland Seed Fund

Pat LaPointe
Frontier Angels

Kevin Learned
Sage Growth Capital

Lorine Pendleton
Pipeline Angels

Clay Rankin
North Coast Angel Fund

Rick Timmins
Central Texas Angel Network

Eli Velasquez
Investors of Color Network

Ron Weissman
Band of Angels

Chairs Emeritus

Catherine Mott
BlueTree Allied Angels

Christopher Mirabile
Launchpad Venture Group


Marianne Hudson
Executive Director Emeritus


Pat Gouhin
Chief Executive Officer
Emily Angold
Marketing Manager

Sarah Dickey
Membership Director

Heather Krejci
Operations Director

Chris McCannell
Public Policy Consultant
Greg Mesack
Public Policy Consultant
Samer Yousif
Webinar Program Advisor
Chiara Renella - Brooks
Partnership Director
Annie Wong
Administrative Assistant