Board of Directors

Dr. Jaleh Daie

Managing Partner, Aurora Equity

Managing Partner, Aurora Equity

Jaleh Daie has made impactful contributions during a versatile career in both private and public sectors across business, philanthropy, academia, federal government and national level NGOs, gaining uncommon depth and breadth of skill sets. A noted life scientist, Jaleh has extensive board and operational experience. She understands financial and capital markets, has cultural acumen and a global point of view and has had the honor of serving the administrations of three Presidents.

As a multifaceted executive, Jaleh has shown that she quickly scales into new roles to drive strategic leadership. She combines her analytical and quantitative skills with an innate ability to see the big picture, connect the dots, and develop an intellectual framework to create strategic solutions. Jaleh has had extensive international engagements through collaborations in eight countries and numerous invited global speeches and presentations including the Biotech Distinguished Speaker Series in South Africa (week-long; presentations at numerous private and public institutions).

Jaleh has served on numerous boards encompassing a broad range. Examples are: A6 Corp, Nokia Innovent, Investigen, Linkore, LightFull Foods, Selection Panel for the White House Fellows (under two Presidents), chairman of the board of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (national, membership of over a million) and President of the national Association for Women in Science (AWIS), CRDF Global (chair of NomCom, member of finance and investment comm.); Commonwealth Club of California (ExComm and FinComm, co-chair of Gala Dinner); Treasurer and ExComm, US Space Foundation; Future Committee of the Tech Museum, Dean’s Advisory Council at UC-Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Board of advisors, Women Who Code, Kilby International Awards.

Jaleh is currently managing partner at Aurora Equity, investing in early stage start-ups across a broad range of technologies and consumer products, resulting in attractive ROI in the first 10 years and acquisitions by major corporations. In 2008 she was co-founder of a company which was acquired by a Swiss public company. Previously, Jaleh was head of science & engineering at the David & Lucile Packard Foundation (the largest foundation then) where she provided executive and technical direction for a $120 million annual budget and a diversified science and engineering portfolio.

Jaleh started her career at Rutgers University and UW-Madison. She was professor (achieved rank of professor in six years); senior science advisor to the President (26 campus UW System); department chair (first woman in her field, recouped inherited budget deficits 3 years running), founder and chief executive of major multidisciplinary center and founding director of a university-wide graduate program. In addition to running a successful research operation, at one point Jaleh was managing three independent operations –for one of which she was the conceptual architect and another was the outcome of her initiating and driving the integration and consolidation of several programs. On a sabbatical, she served as science liaison to the President’s National Science & Technology Council (cabinet level body) working across all federal S&T agencies. She made strategic and scientific contributions to Presidential initiatives including food safety and served as special assistant to the Chief Scientist at NOAA, US-Dept. of Commerce.

Examples of Jaleh’s awards are: induction in the inaugural class of Hall of Fame, Women in Technology International (WITI); Teksia Lifetime Achievement Award; honorary doctorate from Dominican University; Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science: Fellow, AWIS; “25 Smartest Who Make a Difference” and The Scientist’s list of “Leaders of Science”.