San Mateo, CA-based venture capital firm 1955 Capital announced that Kathy Chen has been promoted to Vice President and that Jim Hinson joined as Chief Financial Officer.
They will both report to Andrew Chung, founder and managing partner of the venture capital firm.
Chen began working at 1955 Capital in 2016 and has been a key contributor in pursuing new business opportunities and supporting portfolio company entrepreneurs. She focuses on investments in transformative technologies in healthcare and sustainability.
Prior to 1955 Capital, Chen spent three years at Asia-based cross-border growth equity firm Unitas Capital, which managed over US$4 billion in assets across Asia, North America, and Europe. Chen started her career in investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan, executing a variety of M&A, debt & equity transactions in the U.S. and China.
Chen obtained her B.S. in Economics and MBA from the Wharton School, where she helped lead the sustainable technology investing effort for Wharton Impact Investing Partners and served on the Wharton Student Sustainability Advisory Board.
Chen was also a Packard Environmental Fellow and supported environmental research and advisory efforts at California Environmental Associates.
Jim Hinson is currently the Venture Capital Practice Lead at Greenough Consulting Group (GCG), and a consulting CFO for several firms, including 1955 Capital. He serves as an executive committee member of GCG, which has served over 600 technology companies and 200 venture capital and alternative investment funds over two decades. Hinson adds 35 years of business experience, including 24 years in private equity.
During that time, he formed four new funds as the administrative partner/CFO, including the spin-out of Tenaya Capital from the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy.
Prior to GCG, Hinson was the COO of Rogers Venture Partners, where he oversaw the fund’s finance, accounting, legal, and risk management functions. Before that, he led the financing and accounting teams at Tenaya Capital, Lehman Brothers, and APV Technology Partners.
In addition, Hinson served on the board of eight portfolio companies.
He earned his A.B. in Economics from Stanford University and MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Business.
1955 Capital invests in companies that can address the developing world’s most pressing challenges related to energy, healthcare, food, agriculture, education and sustainable manufacturing.