Kari joined the Portolio Growth team in 2018, and oversees Sapphire Ventures’ events program.
Kari has an enthusiasm for creating memorable event experiences, and a focus on high-end customer service that comes from years spent in the hospitality industry. She has planned everything from intimate catered dinners to fundraising galas and multi-day, multi-venue wedding celebrations as an event manager for Paula LeDuc Fine Catering and Events, the Bay Area’s pre-eminent caterer. Most recently, she managed the events program at ADARA, a startup in the travel, data and media space, where she was responsible for organizing their global calendar of events, conferences, trade shows and internal programming.
Kari received her undergraduate degree in political science, with a focus in international studies, from University of California at San Diego where she was active in student government, Greek life, and philanthropic event planning. She is passionate about travel, the food and beverage industry, and technology, and loves to infuse a little of each into every event.