Partner, Business Development

Kathleen Forte

“I care deeply about the trusted relationships I build with investors.”

Kathleen joined Lightspeed in 2019 and is a Partner on the Investor Relations team, where she’s focused on fundraising and cultivating new relationships. “I care deeply about the trusted relationships I build with investors. My role is to ensure that Lightspeed is a long-term strategic and insightful partner.”


Prior to joining Lightspeed, Kathleen was a Vice President at SVB Capital, the investment arm of Silicon Valley Bank, focused on investor relations and fundraising for their venture fund of funds and direct fund products. She also spent time in New York and Hong Kong in similar investor relations roles for Clearwater Capital Partners and ADM Capital. Both firms focused on credit investments across Asia.


“Compared to my time working in hedge funds and private equity in New York and Hong Kong, I find venture more dynamic. To see brilliant founders disrupt industries and build the next generation of game-changing companies is amazing. I want to share the excitement of Lightspeed’s global platform and its portfolio companies with limited partners.”


Kathleen graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Rutgers University. When not at Lightspeed, you’ll find her chasing after her young daughter or feeding her obsession for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a martial art which she believes builds character and encourages continuous self-improvement.