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Joanna Rees

Joanna Rees

Managing Partner

West | SF + NY

San Francisco County, CA

Joanna Rees is a San Francisco-based investor, entrepreneur, advisor, educator and mentor with deep expertise in helping companies and organizations define their market and build powerful brands. Currently, Joanna is a Managing Partner at West and leads the firms investments.





Columbia Business School

MBA, Finance

Joanna attended Columbia Business School from 1989-1990, earning the financial acumen that would serve her well in her future career.

Duke University

BS, Psychology

Joanna Rees earned her undergraduate degree at Duke University. While she attended the school, Joanna was a member of Duke's gymnastics team.

West | SF + NY

Managing Partner

At West, we bring our own special brand of magic to turning world-changing ideas into great big markets. We work alongside founders and their teams as both an operator and investor to build and execute go-to-market strategies and soulful brands that generate large scale, long-term growth. Our unique engagement model combines deep strategy, product, marketing, and design expertise. And through a combination of fees and warrants, we structure engagements to responsibly manage burn rate and align interests.

We consider it a great privilege when we get to apply our unique set of skills and experiences to companies committed to inventing a better, fairer, kinder future.

The B Team

Senior Partner

The B Team's vision of the future is a world in which the purpose of business is to be a driving force for social, environmental and economic benefit to catalyze a better way of doing business for the well-being of people and the planet. We are focused on creating a movement of business leaders to meet a set of global challenges - including tackling climate change, addressing corruption, advancing human rights and protecting nature.

The Aspen Institute

Henry Crown Fellow

The Henry Crown Fellowship seeks to develop the next generation of community-centered and global leaders, providing them with the tools necessary to meet the challenges of business and civic leadership in the 21st century. The program is a unique mix of seminars designed to broaden the perspectives of the participants and hone their skills in values-centered leadership. It honors the memory of Chicago industrialist Henry Crown (1896-1990), whose legendary career was marked by a lifelong commitment to honor, integrity, industry and philanthropy. Fellows are members of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

The Aspen Global Leadership Network is comprised of highly successful entrepreneurial leaders focused on values and on creating a more sustainable society. In being a part of a global network with access to some of the most talented and like-minded individuals around the world and with the support of the Aspen Institute, these leaders help each other to become more deliberate and impactful in their communities, societies, and the world.


Member Board of Directors

FICO (NYSE: FICO) is a leading analytics software company, helping businesses in 90+ countries make better decisions that drive higher levels of growth, profitability and customer satisfaction. The company’s groundbreaking use of Big Data and mathematical algorithms to predict consumer behavior has transformed entire industries.

Member Board of Directors (NYSE: CRCM) has the mission to improve the lives of families and caregivers by helping them connect in a reliable and easy way. Their solutions help families make informed decisions in one of the most important and highly considered aspects of their family life: finding and managing quality care for their loved ones. Care strives to help our members - families and caregivers - pursue their passions and fulfill the basic human need of caring for each other.

Prelude Fertility

Member Board of Directors

Prelude is currently a project that will enable future parents to start planning for healthy families today for whenever they’re ready. Prelude will offer the latest technology in fertility preservation, genetic diagnosis and IVF to increase your chances of having a healthy child when the time is right.


Global Board of Directors

Endeavor is a non-profit organization headquartered in New York City pioneering the concept of high-impact entrepreneurship in growth markets around the world. Its mission is to select, mentor and accelerate the best High-Impact Entrepreneurs around the world.

Harvest Power, Inc.

Member Board of Directors

Harvest Power's goal is to create a more sustainable future by helping communities meet challenges at the intersection of waste, agriculture and energy. Harvest Power’s services and products continue to serve at society’s nexus of demands to cut carbon pollution, deploy clean energy technology, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and protect natural resources.

The Representation Project

Board Chair

The Representation Project inspires individuals and communities to challenge and overcome limiting stereotypes so that everyone, regardless of gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation, or circumstance, can fulfill their human potential. Using film as a catalyst for cultural transformation, The Representation Project has produced two award winning films to highlight the power of limiting gender stereotypes.

The Aspen Institute

Leadership Seminar Moderator

Senior seminar Moderator for the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) including the Health Innovators Fellowship, the Pahara Fellows and the Aspen Seminar. The AGLN is a worldwide community of successful, high-integrity, entrepreneurial leaders, called "Aspen Global Leadership Fellows".


Member Board of Directors

HICKIES is a patented groundbreaking lacing system that replaces traditional shoelaces and turns any shoe into a slip-on. The idea of HICKIES came as a solution to avoid knots and bows but quickly grew to become a fashion accessory. It allows you to redesign your sneakers while eliminating the problems of traditional laces. HICKIES come in many color combinations and one size fits all! So go ahead, get rid of the bows and knots forever and join our community.


Member Board of Directors

Mursion is the virtual training platform where professionals practice and master the complex interpersonal skills they need to be effective in high-stakes careers.


Member National Board of Directors

BUILD is dedicated to proving the power of experiential learning through entrepreneurship, and igniting the potential of youth in under-resourced communities.

Soda Rock Partners


Supporting entrepreneurs to build high-growth leading companies.

Santa Clara University

Adjunct Professor

Leadership Professor in the Leavey School of Business