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From Foster Care to Venture Capitalist! CBCC TV Interview - Mariah Lichtenstern

Mariah Lichtenstern of DiverseCity Ventures shares with us the ups and downs of her journey as a youth through the system of foster care to graduate school and finally her triumph as a successful Venture Capitalist! She also shares important industry tips, and motivational advice that unyokes, empowers, and inspires.


At the intersection of technology, entertainment, and venture capital, Mariah Lichtenstern addresses social, economic, and environmental equity through entrepreneurship. A multi-faceted "connector," Mariah works with amazing people she feels incredibly fortunate to know and strives to build bridges between those with privilege and those with valuable but under-utilized perspectives.

To showcase and capitalize on diverse perspectives, she co-founded DiverseCity Ventures and CINESHARES.club to empower founders and filmmakers of all backgrounds. She has a special interest in fostering the inclusion of those underrepresented by virtue of "otherness," including gender, culture, geography, and socio-economic status.

The Managing Director of Founder Institute, Sacramento, Mariah is also a frequent speaker, mentor, and judge. She serves on the Tech Advisory Committee for CleanTech Fund, CalSEED, Berkeley Skydeck, Village Capital Finteck Forward 2019, and is a member of UCLA Ventures. She's an alumna of UC Berkeley, USC, and UCLA.

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