At the intersection of technology, entertainment, and venture capital, Mariah Lichtenstern addresses social, economic, and environmental equity through entrepreneurship. A multi-faceted "connector," Mariah works with amazing people she feels incredibly fortunate to know and strives to build bridges between those with privilege and those with valuable but under-utilized perspectives.


To showcase and capitalize on diverse perspectives, she co-founded DiverseCity Ventures and  to empower founders and filmmakers of all backgrounds. She has a special interest in fostering the inclusion of those underrepresented by virtue of "otherness," including gender, culture, geography, and socio-economic status.


The Managing Director of Founder Institute, Sacramento, Mariah is also a frequent speaker, mentor, and judge. She serves as an advisor for the California Clean Energy Fund's $24MM CleanTech program, CalSEED, Berkeley Skydeck, Village Capital Fintech Forward, and the Yale School of Medicine's Digital Innovation and Diversity Initiative. She is a member of UCLA Ventures and an Aspen Tech Policy Fellow. She's an alumna of UC Berkeley, USC, and UCLA, and has a Masters in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University's MOOC.

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