Mary Anne Rooke

Founder & Principal

Mary Anne RookeMary Anne has over 30 years of experience in management consulting, strategic planning, accounting, finance, risk & health management, business operations and startup ventures.  She has expertise across many industries including service, manufacturing, life science, transportation, distribution and retail that she gained while working at Browning Ferris Industries (BFI), Quantum Corp., Syntex, Crowley Maritime, Inc., Vasocor Corp., Morgan Equipment Co., M. D. Oppenheim and TJX Companies and several startup ventures.

Mary Anne Rooke is past Chairman, former President and Managing Director of the Angel Investor Forum (AIF) based in Connecticut.  The Angel Investor Forum’s mission is to create a dynamic investment environment where private investors and entrepreneurs can find mutual success.  AIF is an investor group comprised of 40+ angel investors from Connecticut and New York.  Annually, over 350 early stage / startup companies submit business plans and “pitches” to AIF for capital investment consideration.  Find out more about Angel Investors.

Mary Anne held leadership positions including Chief Financial Officer in multiple industries ranging from start-up ventures to Fortune 500 companies in both publicly owned and privately held sectors. She has served on several boards and commissions in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Connecticut including Chairman and Managing Director of the Angel Investor Forum (AIF) and the State Board of Directors for Crossroads Venture Group (CVG).

Through her management consulting, angel investor and startup activities, she has worked closely with the entrepreneurial communities on both the east and west coasts of the US.  She serves as a mentor with Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI), UConn’s Innovation Quest (iQuest), ASTIA and the Pipeline Fellowship.  Recently Mary Anne served as the Executive Director of University of Connecticut’s Technology Incubation Program (TIP) located on 3 campuses.

She has a M.B.A. from Golden Gate University’s Executive MBA Program, a B.S. in Accounting from Annhurst College.

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