Van Jones, MBA ’14

Van Jones, MBA ’14

Deal Lead, Wellington Access Ventures (WAV)

Van is a Deal Lead at Wellington Access Ventures, a new dedicated early-stage venture capital fund within Wellington Management, a private, independent investment management firm with client assets under management totaling over US$1 trillion. 

Van began his career in China, advising multinationals on strategy and growth across emerging markets. He co-founded Hello Tractor, an agricultural equipment SaaS platform that operates across Africa. Before joining Wellington, Van was a Partner at Drive Capital, the largest Midwest-based venture capital firm. While at Drive Capital, Van invested across verticals, focusing on fintech, enterprise SaaS, and cloud-based data infrastructure.

In 2018, Van was honored by the Chicago Booth community with the Chicago Booth Young Alumni Distinguished Alumni Award and currently sits on the Distinguished Alumni Awards Selection Committee. Van also serves as a Trustee of the University of Cincinnati Foundation and on the university’s Investment Committee. Van earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Van lives in Los Angeles with his wife Ashley, and son Harrison.

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