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Zeal Capital Partners Appoints Stefanie Thomas as Managing Director

Stefanie Thomas Joins Zeal Capital Partners as Managing Director (Photo: Business Wire)

Zeal Capital Partners, a Washington, D.C.-based mission driven and category specific venture capital firm dedicated to investing in dynamic early-stage technology businesses with diverse management teams, announced that Stefanie Thomas will join the firm as Managing Director. 

Thomas, an early-stage investor with a decade of venture deal-making experience, from pre-seed to Series B, will oversee the firm’s pre-seed investment strategy and portfolio that focuses on sourcing, investing, and scaling high-growth, early-stage tech startups.

In her new role at Zeal, Thomas will oversee the firm’s expanded commitment to Inclusive Investing™ under the new Barclays Black Formation Investments (BBFI) initiative, a pre-seed investment platform backed by Barclays and managed by Zeal Capital Partners. She is based in Washington, D.C.

Built to advance the next generation of Black-led companies, BBFI will provide early-stage capital and support to founders who are building high-growth technology companies primarily across the US.

Thomas joins Zeal from her role as founding member and investor at Impact America Fund (IAF). During her tenure at IAF, Thomas helped grow the investment company from $7M to $110M AUM with a thesis of driving economic power to communities of color. Her work included evaluation of more than 1,500 companies and deal leadership on 25 financings, from pre-seed to Series B, while also advising select CEOs on capital-raising strategies to close more than $75M in aggregate funding for their businesses. Prior to IAF, Thomas co-founded entrepreneurship platform for women Women Who Launch. Earlier in her career, she served as Vice President in Citigroup’s global banking division. Thomas received her M.B.A. from the Ross School at the University of Michigan and her B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Led by Nasir Qadree, Founder and Managing Partner, Zeal Capital Partners partners with high-growth, early-stage, tech-enabled companies led by diverse management teams that are rethinking the building blocks of wealth. As a category-specific investment firm, Zeal focuses on education to employment pathways, financial wellness, and health equity.