Rachel Harding

Rachel joined the Canvas team in April of 2019 as an Executive Assistant to Gary Little. Rachel recently transitioned from a long history in education. Rachel holds a Master’s in Education as well as a degree in Psychology.

In her free time, Rachel enjoys exercising, seeing live music, and traveling.

Kay Astorga

Kay supports Mike Ghaffary at Canvas, with a background in hospitality, food & wine.  Kay’s passion for hospitality was sparked at age 19 living in New York attending NYU for studio art.  Kay returned to San Francisco to continue undergraduate studies at SFSU and went to work with the most talented chefs in the city.  Kay has 18 years of experience in hospitality; eight within fine dining at James Beard Award winning restaurants in San Francisco such as Quince & Gary Danko and 10 years within venture capital supporting the Benchmark partners and their entrepreneurs from 2008-2018.

Kay is a part of two restaurant projects: Flour + Water Pizzeria and Elda Bar in San Francisco.

Ripley Hartmeyer

Ripley Hartmeyer joined Canvas in 2019 to lead talent and community building efforts. Prior to Canvas, Ripley worked at Spencer Stuart, one of the world’s leading executive search consulting firms, where she focused mainly on searches for consumer-facing technology and media companies. As a member of Spencer Stuart’s Board Practice, she worked on director recruitment for Fortune 100 to venture- and private equity-backed companies across a wide range of industries. Prior to Spencer Stuart, Ripley worked at Oxford Global, a risk management firm that partnered with private equity and other investment firms, private and publicly traded corporations, and philanthropic institutions.

Ripley graduated cum laude with a degree in Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law (PPEL) from the University of Richmond, where she was Co-Captain of the Women’s Division I Tennis team. She serves as a Young Professional Board Member of CitySquash and is an avid athlete in tennis, squash, and golf. She currently competes on the Women’s Doubles Squash Association (WSDA) Tour.

Evan Hatch

Evan Hatch is a Senior Associate on the Canvas investment team. At Canvas, he focuses on sourcing new deal opportunities in addition to supporting the Partners in diligence and mapping out new thesis areas. Previously, he worked at Insight Venture Partners and Global Founders Capital, as well as on in Product Marketing at Google. Evan holds a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jon Xu

Jon Xu is an EIR at Canvas focused on Fintech. Jon was Co-Founder and CTO of FutureAdvisor, a digital wealth management platform that managed over $1B in assets across direct-to-consumer and B2B services. FutureAdvisor was acquired by BlackRock in 2015 where Jon continued to lead Product Design and Engineering as Managing Director in the Digital Wealth Group. Prior to starting FutureAdvisor, Jon worked on mobile data synchronization protocols and products at Microsoft. Jon holds a degree in Computer Science from MIT.

Mike Ghaffary

Mike Ghaffary is a General Partner of Canvas Ventures. Prior to Canvas, he was a General Partner at Social Capital, where he worked on the following investments: HubHaus, CloudKitchens, and Standard Cognition. As an angel investor, he invested in Strava, Optimizely, Metromile, Skip Scooters, Pocket, Philz Coffee, Atrium, Faire (formerly Indigo Fair), Superhuman, and several other companies.

He has 10 years of operating experience as CEO of Eat24, VP Business and Corporate Development at Yelp, Director of Business Development at TrialPay, and co-founder of Stitcher and BarMax. Before that, Mike started his investing career at Summit Partners.

Grace Isford

Grace started working with the Canvas Investment team in 2016. Prior to Canvas, Grace worked in growth equity at Stripes Group, early as a product manager at Handshake, a digital recruitment platform for college students, and at the Stanford Management Company, helping manage over $24B in assets.

Grace pursued a Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford. On the farm, Grace was actively involved with Stanford Women in Business, serving as President, as well as the Mayfield Fellowship Program, participating both as a fellow and as teaching assistant.

Grace is originally from Connecticut, although has lived in Tokyo, Japan and aspires to re-learn Japanese language. She’s an avid runner and cyclist.

Bridget Odorcic

Bridget has been with Canvas since inception and joined the Morgenthaler finance team in 2005. In conjunction with Canvas, Bridget also serves as the Operations & Fund Compliance Manager at Morgenthaler Ventures and MPE Partners. Prior to that, she provided accounting and paralegal support for Frantz Ward, a law firm headquartered in Cleveland. She has also held various roles in corporate accounting, human resources, office administration and management. Bridget holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University. In her spare time, she enjoys her early morning workouts and spending time with her family.

Danielle McCurdy

Danielle is the newest addition to Canvas, as of June 2016. Recently transitioned from her long experience in luxury goods and management, she brings her organizational and planning skills to her new role as an executive assistant. She holds degrees in English Literature and Merchandise Marketing.

In her spare time, she enjoys taking trips to visit her family’s farm in central California and getting lost in a good book.

Vikki Recktenwald

Vikki joined the finance team in January 2013. This is her first foray into the VC world, coming from a long history in corporate finance at companies like Siemens, Philips, and Varian. She holds degrees in accounting, environmental compliance and liberal arts. She loves trouble shooting, creating processes and making everything balance.

In her free time, Vikki enjoys working on her house and garden, spending time with her family and volunteering as a mentor for women undergoing difficult life changes.