Alana Ackerson, Thiel Foundation

TITLE: CEO

FOCUS AREAS: Science and technology

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PROFILE: Alana Ackerson stepped into the role of CEO of the Thiel Foundation in October 2014. Ackerson’s bio on the Thiel Foundation website shares:

Alana is the CEO of The Thiel Foundation, where she is responsible for setting strategic priorities; overseeing grant-making; operating internal programs; and developing more effective approaches to venture philanthropy. Alana served as President and founding Partner of Cabezon Investment Group; as VP, Social Engagement for SoFi; and as a Partner of the private equity firm Farmland LP. Previously, Alana worked with Peter Thiel as a Director of Clarium. Alana sits on the Executive Committee of Breakout Labs and the Board of Governors for Opportunity International. Alana holds a B.A. with Honors in Science, Technology and Society from Stanford University. She received her M.A. in Philosophical and Systematic Theology from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. She has been a Newbigin Fellow at the Newbigin House of Studies. Alana earned a Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary, where she is also a candidate for the Doctorate of Ministry.

Her LinkedIn profile shares:

Alana is the CEO of The Thiel Foundation, where she leads the organization’s efforts to support the next-generation of entrepreneurs and to promote radical scientific and technological innovations in order to secure a better future. As CEO she is responsible for setting strategic priorities; overseeing grant-making; operating internal programs focused on education and technological innovation; facilitating relationships with key partners; and developing more effective approaches to venture philanthropy.

Alana served as President and founding Partner of Cabezon Investment Group, a $400 million global macro investment firm for family offices and institutional investors. Alana has also served as VP, Social Engagement for SoFi and as a Partner of the private equity firm Farmland LP. Previously, Alana was a Director at the global macro investment fund Clarium, where she helped grow assets under management from $240 million to $1.2 billion.

Alana sits on the Executive Committee of Breakout Labs and the Board of Governors for Opportunity International. She has co-chaired the Organizing Committee for the International Justice Mission’s annual San Francisco Benefit, has served on the Board of Directors for Stanford Student Enterprises, and has sat on the Steering Committee for the Association of Women in Alternative Investing.

Alana holds a B.A. with Honors in Science, Technology and Society from Stanford University. She received her M.A. in Philosophical and Systematic Theology from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. She has been a Newbigin Fellow at the Newbigin House of Studies. Alana earned a Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary, where she is also a candidate for the Doctorate of Ministry.