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Dennis is passionate about supporting entrepreneurs and seeing great ideas come to life. He believes that a vibrant venture ecosystem needs talent, expertise, and access to capital to thrive. Out of twenty-one angel investments seventeen have been in female or minority lead ventures. Dennis is intentional about providing greater access and opportunity to underrepresented founders.
Dennis is an active member of Seattle’s Alliance of Angels and Puget Sound Venture Club. He is also a Board member of the Washington Chapter of Defy Ventures which provides support and mentorship to inmates during and after incarceration. His investments include Ripl, Blokable, Flavorcloud, Give InKind, and CityBldr.
He has an MBA from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and a Bachelors degree from the University of Notre Dame
President of Tacoma Venture Fund, Driscoll also serves as Chairman and CEO of Clearwater Management Company, a registered investment adviser, as managing partner of Lincoln Park Partners, a private commercial real estate and management company, and on the board of PotlatchDeltic (NASDAQ) and as chair of its Nominating and Governance Committee.
He has a long history of venture investing and presently serves on the boards of Topia Technology and StratusCore, two local tech startups. He also has extensive supply chain management and international experience having lived in Hong Kong and Shanghai for four years.
A resident of Tacoma, he serves on the Tacoma Art Museum Board and on the finance and investment committees of Annie Wright School. His wife, Lisa, is a professor at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Driscoll served in the Marine Corps and completed tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2012 he lost to Derek Kilmer in the 6th Congressional District’s general election.
Steve Gordon is a 4th generation Washingtonian and 3rd generation trucker, who worked with his family to grow Gordon Trucking from its initial 2 trucks in 1946 to over 2,000 when the family sold in 2013. Steve and his family remained closely tied to the trucking industry through their Freightliner dealership business, Gordon Truck Centers, which they initially acquired in 1985, and now has locations throughout Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii.
After serving as the Chief Operating Officer of Gordon Trucking for over 20 years, Steve remains a board member and owner of the dealership, as well as several other family business holdings.
Today, he is able to focus on family time, investing, philanthropy, and politics. He is an avid sports fan, enjoys hunting and fishing, and spends as much time as possible with his wife and three daughters.