Christina Kelly

Partner Operations Manager

As the Partner Operations Manager working with Bill Trenchard, I support a variety of incredible entrepreneurs in different ways and help startups develop from day one. I explore many different areas of technology; one day I might be learning about agtech in developing countries and the next identifying key challenges and opportunities in conversational AI interfaces.

My work at First Round is all about organization and focusing on the tiniest details as I help Bill find, vet and work with our founders. I look closely at what makes products and markets tick and take off, what founders can do to succeed, and how we as a VC firm can provide invaluable support. I care very deeply about getting things done and doing them correctly.

As the very first Partner Operations Manager, I’m incredibly proud to have helped build a team that makes our partnership and community that much more effective.

But that’s not the full extent of my job. I’m also known for producing First Round’s annual Holiday Video, considered to be one of the most anticipated events of the holiday season in tech. One of my proudest moments here may very well be getting Partner Howard Morgan into a muscle suit and on a wrecking ball for our 2014 video.

Before joining First Round, I took on both client services and communications roles at Readyforce, a First Round portfolio company. And prior to that, I worked in marketing and events coordination in the healthcare industry.

I graduated from Tufts with a BA in Art History and double minors in Mass Media & Communications and Roman Archaeology. As a lifelong athlete, you can find me sailing in the San Francisco Bay or running along the coast.