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Kristen Reinert

Chief of Staff

Throughout my career, I’ve been drawn to innovative companies that challenge the status quo and disrupt traditional industries. In my role as Chief of Staff, I work alongside Meka Asonye to evaluate new investment opportunities, perform due diligence, and support founders in the First Round community as they build from zero to one (and beyond). Each day I feel fortunate to connect with founders who are solving hard problems and making a positive impact in their communities — their energy is infectious.

Prior to joining First Round, I was a member of the strategic finance team at Lemonade and Rent the Runway. I had the opportunity to dive deep into financial models and data to provide important analyses to help guide the businesses toward meeting their goals. Collaborating closely with cross-functional teams at both companies, I played an instrumental role in refining strategies, enhancing operational efficiency, and communicating financial insights to investors, all of which have been pivotal in shaping my outlook toward supporting early-stage startups on their growth journey. 

I began my career in corporate and investment banking at Bank of America, working with consumer and retail clients to achieve their strategic goals and provide access to the platform of banking services. I drove execution of various financing transactions including debt and equity offerings, acquisition financing, syndicated loans, and liability management. 

I am an East Coast native — growing up in Florida, becoming a proud graduate of Wake Forest University, and beginning my career in New York. I am excited to now call San Francisco home! Outside of work, you’ll find me unwinding with a pilates or yoga class, skiing with my family and friends, keeping up with the latest health and wellness trends, and listening to Taylor Swift on repeat.