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Mark Munro

GM, Angel Track

Throughout my career, I’ve worn many different hats, nurtured seemingly disparate interests, and worked in communities of all shapes and sizes. I’ve taught 7th grade in Harlem, worked as a field organizer on a gubernatorial campaign in Montana, researched social entrepreneurship in Poland as a Fulbright Scholar, and forged partnerships between school districts and a Silicon Valley startup.

But across these adventures, I had a single consistent cornerstone: my passion for building coalitions powered by deep relationships and stitched together with a strong sense of purpose. I’ve always felt that partnerships, politics and education intersect, not just on my resume, but out in the real world.

At First Round, I’ve managed to find a role that fuses community and curriculum as Angel Track’s General Manager. I’m grateful to spend my energy launching new initiatives and helping high-potential angels grow their skills and build conviction in founders. Before that, I built the Partnerships function from scratch at First Round and piloted Discovery Assist, a program for connecting our founders to hundreds of potential customers.

Prior to First Round, I led national pilots and partnerships at Teach for America to evolve the way in which they recruit exceptional leaders early on in their college career. (Years earlier, I had been in their shoes as a graduate of Claremont McKenna College signing on for a teaching tour of duty.) Before that, I launched Coursera for Business and built partnerships at Clever to make it easier for teachers to use software in their classroom.

Outside of work, I’m usually dreaming up ways to make vegetables taste better or scouting out far-flung places to visit. If you want a restaurant or hotel recommendation, I’m your guy.