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Whitnie Narcisse

Senior Vice President

I love connecting great people. As a natural-born extrovert, I get energy from others. So it makes sense that my role at First Round thrives on forging connections. I manage our talent, expertise, mentorship, customer development, and community resources team with a focus on helping our companies solve tough challenges and build better companies. Since starting at First Round, I’ve been proud to make tens of hires, hundreds of mentorship pairs, and thousands of expert connections. There’s so much institutional knowledge in tech that never gets tapped into, so it’s inspiring to see it shared from person to person, and how strong relationships form in the process.

I also manage our internal people ops at First Round, including being crowned our unofficial Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion champion. I love working with the best of the best, whether it’s with current First Rounders, our many fantastic alumni, and of course our community members. I get so much joy from empowering others and am surely on this earth to serve!

Before joining First Round, I worked in talent acquisition at Bloom Energy and SPMB. But my first job out of school was teaching eighth grade science with Teach for America — which was simultaneously grueling and extraordinarily rewarding. I’m a proud Boston College Eagle and UNC Kenan-Flagler b-school grad. A native of San Francisco, you’ll find me cheering on all Bay Area sports teams and zooming around the city bumping 90’s R&B in my manual transmission.