Who We Are
We’re a women-led social investment company who use our skills as investors and voices as advocates to create sustainable change in Women’s Reproductive Health. Because when women are empowered, given choice, and access, the impact benefits their families, communities, and the entire economy.
Our Passionate Investors
It takes vision, persistence, and courage partnered with skill, experience, and advocacy to do this work. Thankfully, we know some people who fit the job description. Get to know our team below.
Lisa Bowers (Hammann)
Lisa Bowers (Hammann) is the CEO of Rhia Ventures and most recently was the Chief Operating Officer of the Tara Health Foundation. In these roles, she leads teams focused on bringing capital and enterprise to the reproductive health field in the United States. Lisa joined the reproductive health community after a 16-year career at Genentech/Roche, where she held P&L accountability for Genentech’s $400M+ cystic fibrosis business, and was the head of the North American supply chain region, accountable for $20B+ of medicine across the United States & Canada. Prior to these roles, Lisa led Genentech’s patient access services, serving over 100,000 patients annually, and led the company’s strategic marketing function for managed care organizations. She has also worked in health services research and strategic consulting.
Lisa is a board observer for Cadence Health, and is a member of the board for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, the largest Planned Parenthood affiliate in the country. She holds an English degree from Yale University and a Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
She has over 15 years of experience in venture capital and supporting early-stage technology companies. She was a Partner at one of the first impact investment funds (Commons Capital LP), where she managed healthcare and education portfolios, which included: Claros Diagnostics (acquired by OPKO), CodeRyte (acquired by 3M), Combinent Biomedical Systems, HistoRx (acquired by Genoptix), Medical Metrx Solutions (acquired by AIG), TelaDoc Medical Services (IPO: TDOC), Valeo Medical, and Apex Learning (acquired by Education Growth Partners). Most recently, Elizabeth served as the Founding Director of the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she built a global program to accelerate medtech innovation and catalyze new health startups. Throughout her career, Elizabeth has been a passionate advocate of the power of business – from startups to multinationals – to drive social change. Elizabeth earned a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a BA from Brown University.
Before joining, she served in 2018 as the first Fellow of the Tara Health Foundation. She has more than twenty-five years of experience providing financial and strategic planning consulting to organizations in the U.S. and Asia. She has joined management teams as the interim Chief Financial Officer on a short term and extended term basis to provide finance, accounting and strategic planning expertise to startups, fast growing companies and non-profit organizations. Current and past clients include 18Birdies, Posit Science, Circlepoint, West Shore Technologies and We Care Solar. She has lived for over 8 years in Bangkok, Thailand and Hong Kong, China. She began her consulting career as a management consultant with Bain & Company. Previously, she worked in investment banking for Morgan Stanley & Co. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. In addition to her consulting work, she has extensive experience as a member of several nonprofit boards where she has held a number of leadership positions.
Shelley brings over two decades’ experience leading and participating in shareholder advocacy campaigns on a wide range of environmental and social issues, which resulted in numerous negotiated agreements to advance more progressive corporate policies and practices. Prior Rhia Ventures, she worked for the leading sustainability firms Clean Yield Asset Management, Trillium Asset Management, and Ceres, a sustainability nonprofit. Her work in advancing LGBT rights was recognized by several organizations including Fortune and The Advocate, and she received the SRI Service Award in 2005 for “for outstanding contributions to the socially responsible investment community.” She was also the recipient of the first-ever Rachel Carson Award from the Silent Spring Institute, which researches environmental links to breast cancer. Shelley has always been amazed at the positive influence that actively engaged shareholders can have on companies. She holds degrees from University of Pennsylvania and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.
Victoria Griffin is the Development and Communications Manager at Rhia Ventures. She grew up in Europe as a child, traveling to several countries throughout the years. Her passion for women’s health and empowerment stems from her experiences abroad. She started her career in the media and entertainment space, crafting stories and managing productions through multiple networks including ABC Television Network but moved into the health and wellness space after seeing how affected women were in the entertainment industry. Her work there led her to a non-profit public relations organization called Women Who Create. She managed the mentorship program, serving a community that quickly grew from 30 to over 400 members in her time as the Program Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Integrated Marketing Communications and a Master’s degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications from Syracuse University.
Makda Kassahun has over five years of combined experience in venture capital/angel investing, startup incubation, portfolio management, private equity, and healthcare/IT management consulting. She is passionate about facilitating innovation through entrepreneurship and impact investing. She most recently was a Venture Fellow at Score 3 Angels Network where she performed pitch screenings and due diligence for up-and-coming startups with founders from underrepresented groups (including women-led companies). She was also an IT Privacy Consultant at DRT Strategies where she managed privacy compliance for the FDA’s IT systems and electronic collections. Prior to this, she was a portfolio analyst at Square 1 Bank where she conducted accounting and loan compliance for venture capital-backed biomedical/pharmaceutical companies. She also advised over 15 startups at Iceaddis, Ethiopia’s first business incubator. Makda completed her Master of Public Health from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She also holds a graduate certificate in Corporate Finance from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Jill brings many years of experience in the world of reproductive health. She spent the last four years at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte as Director of Institutional and Corporate Strategy, building relationships and securing institutional financial support. She has done extensive fundraising for other nonprofit boards and organizations, including serving as co-chair of NARAL Pro-Choice America’s Peninsula Luncheon. In addition to fundraising, she has focused her professional and volunteer time on strategic planning and project management. Jill has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA from Yale in East Asian Studies.
Abbie is the Operations Manager who drives our engine. She focuses on building sustainable systems that allow our team to push forward. Prior to Rhia Ventures, Abbie worked for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a nonprofit that advances civil and human rights for the LGBTQ community. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from San Francisco State University.