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Gretchen Knoell

BS '81

Lake Street Capital (San Francisco, CA)


Ms. Knoell is a Partner with Lake Street Capital. Prior to co-founding Lake Street Capital in 2003, Ms. Knoell spent 18 years primarily in Investment Banking and Corporate Development focused in the Communication Services, Software and Equipment sectors and the Healthcare IT sectors. During this period, Ms. Knoell served as Vice President of Business Development at Digital Island Corporation, Senior Managing Director of Corporate Finance co-heading the West Coast Technology Group at Bear, Stearns, & Co. Inc. as well as Head of Corporate Finance at Punk, Ziegel & Knoell, a specialty investment bank committed to emerging growth companies which she co-founded in 1990. During her career as a banker, Ms. Knoell led the successful completion of billions of dollars of IPOs and mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Knoell started her investment banking career in 1985 with Needham & Company. Prior to attending business school, Ms. Knoell was an engineer with Exxon Corporation.

Ms. Knoell currently serves Cornell University as a Council Member of the Engineering College Advisory Council and as a member of the President's Council of Cornell Women. Education

Ms. Knoell received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard University.

Board Affiliations

Ms. Knoell serves on the Board of Directors of Nufern, Inc., Entrieva, Inc., Silicon Genesis Corporation and Sequence Design, Inc. which are LSC portfolio companies and she is a former board member for Frictionless Commerce, Inc. which was acquired by SAP.