Techstars, the global pre-seed investor, announced three appointments.
- Shirley Romig, who will serve as the new Chief Accelerator Investment Officer and will report to Techstars CEO, Maëlle Gavet;
- Kristi Mitchem and Julie Harris, who will serve as members of its Board of Directors.
Shirley Romig is an experienced consumer, technology and operations executive with over two decades of experience at all stages of the company lifecycle. Most recently, she was the co-founder and CEO of pre-seed startup Mixo, a video social commerce platform for digital food content. Prior to that, Romig served as Vice President, Global Operations East & Canada, at Lyft, where she was also a member of the Lyft Senior Leadership Team. She also served as Group Vice President at Equinox Fitness, where she led ~6,000 field and corporate team members.
Earlier in her career, Romig worked in corporate strategy within the retail industry and held senior leadership roles at Hudson’s Bay Company and Saks, Inc., where she led the retailer’s omnichannel transformation across Saks.com, as well as the launch of Saksoff5th.com.
Romig holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. She currently serves as a public company board director at Lovesac (NASDAQ: LOVE) and Mama’s Creations (NASDAQ: MAMA).
As Chief Accelerator Investment Officer, Romig is responsible for overseeing Techstars’ accelerator programs and managing the selection, funding and mentoring of entrepreneurs globally. In this role, Romig also manages Techstars’ Global Network Partners and Ecosystem Development programs, including Startup Weekends and Founder Catalyst.
Kristi Mitchem has an extensive and varied background in asset management. Most recently, she was the CEO of BMO Global Asset Management, the eighth largest bank in North America by assets (as of 2022).
Throughout her career, Mitchem has held various leadership roles at Wells Fargo Asset Management, State Street Global Advisors, Barclays Global Investors/BlackRock and Goldman Sachs. She has a proven track record in fundraising – working with both institutional, retail and defined contribution investors – product development, business building, business growth and turnarounds across the globe.
Mitchem holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Davidson College and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is also a Fulbright Scholar and represented the United States Fulbright Association in Costa Rica before beginning her career in financial services.
Julie Harris has more than 35 years of experience in technology, management consulting and financial services. She currently serves as Chief Administrative Officer and Global Head of Operations for Asset & Wealth Management at JPMorgan Chase where she oversees 5,000 team members across Operations and broader risk and controls and sits on a number of firm-wide committees.
During her almost six years at JPMorgan Chase, Harris has led the drive to change the way Operations works by innovating and creating smarter, scalable solutions to replace onerous legacy processes. Prior to her current role, she was a Partner at Goldman Sachs with responsibility for Liquidity & Collateral Operations, Global Regulatory & Tax Operations, Firmwide Reference Data Operations and Client Onboarding.
Harris holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Western Michigan University and an MBA in Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She began her career as a management consultant at Arthur Andersen (now Accenture) and Diamond Management and Technology Consultants.
Founded in 2006, Techstars has invested in more than 3,700 companies through its accelerator programs and venture capital funds, and works to connect startups, investors, corporations, and cities to help build thriving startup communities.