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Jennifer Tegan

MBA '01

Cayuga Venture Fund (Ithaca, NY)


Jennifer R. Tegan, Partner, joined CVF in February 2002. Since that time she has worked on evaluating, negotiating and managing investments in technology-based companies in the areas of MEMS, semi-conductor lasers for data and telecommunications, life sciences, optical switching and CMOS sensors for area and linear imaging.

Prior to joining CVF, Jennifer worked as a consultant with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young assisting Fortune 500 life sciences companies with their e-commerce and customer relationship management strategies and practices. Before working as a consultant, she was the Business Manager of EMF Corporation, a small optical coating manufacturing company in Ithaca, where she managed company finances, recruited highly skilled and technical employees and supervised all human resource functions including labor relations with its union, the International Association of Machinists. Prior to her time with EMF, she worked at the Paleontological Research Institution where she was involved in educational programs and original research, as well as helping to manage organizational operations including initiating the launch of its first community marketing and outreach effort in advance of a major restructuring of the organization.


Jennifer holds an MBA from Cornell University where she was a Texaco Scholar. She received a BA in geology cum laude with high honors from Smith College, and an MS in geology from the University of Cincinnati where she was awarded six separate grants to study changes in ecosystem dynamics of coral reefs.

Board Affiliations

Jennifer is Past Chair of the Board of the Tompkins County, New York SPCA, serves on the Economic Development Committee of the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency, and is the President of the Finger Lakes Chapter of Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management Alumni Association.