Tracy Gray has over 20 years experience assisting organizations in a variety of industries to reach their international, investment, strategy and marketing/communications goals.
As an Executive in Residence, Ms. Gray advises LACI’s portfolio companies on all aspects of their business and leads the Incubator’s Diversity in Entrepreneurship Advisory Council and its initiatives. Ms. Gray is currently the Founder and Managing Partner of The 22 Fund, a social impact, growth venture capital and advisory firm with a job creation mission to increase the export capacity of Southern California manufacturing companies, targeting women- and minority-owned businesses. In addition, Ms. Gray is the founder of the non-profit We Are Enough (WAE). WAE’s only mission is to increase the flow of capital to women entrepreneurs by educating ALL women on how and why to invest in women-owned for-profit businesses or with a “gender lens.” Ms. Gray was recently named one of the 50 “Women of Influence” in business in Los Angeles.
Prior to starting The 22 Fund, Ms. Gray was Senior Advisor of International Business and Marketing to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Senior Advisor to the Mayor’s Small Business Office. Ms. Gray was also a managing director at a venture catalyst consulting firm, where she raised over $30 million in equity capital; an investment professional at Zone Ventures, where her first investment decision, DivX, had a market capitalization of $435M at IPO; a director at an economic development non-profit; and a systems engineer/mission monitor on the NASA Space Shuttle program.
Ms. Gray is currently on the advisory board of Exergy Systems Inc. and Isidore Electronics Recycling (sold to Homeboy Industries). She also serves on several non-profit boards of directors and an advisory board and is a frequent speaker at various conferences and events. Ms. Gray holds a B.S. in Mathematical Science with an aeronautics emphasis from the University of California, Santa Barbara and dual MBAs from Columbia University and University of California, Berkeley.