Fern Mandelbaum is a Managing Director at Emerson Collective, where she leads investments in early stage companies. Fern teaches at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business including Entrepreneurship from Diverse Perspectives, POWer – Building the Entrepreneurial Mindset and Equity by Design – Building Diverse and Inclusive Organizations. She is a faculty advisor in Stanford’s Distinguished Career Institute, and has taught a one year entrepreneurship program for PhD students.
Fern was the co-founder of Vista Venture Partners, an early stage venture firm, and of Skyline Products, a toy invention firm that was acquired by IDEO. She was a partner at Monitor Ventures, and has worked at Bain and Company, SRI International, Hewlett Packard. Metcal and the Kyoto Shinyo Bank.
Fern received an M.B.A. from Stanford and attended Brown University. She enjoys running, cycling, power-yoga, and going on walks with her students, colleagues, CEOs, family and friends. She is married and has two children, Skylar and Miles.