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Tracy Gray

Tracy Gray

Managing Partner, The 22 Fund
United States
Ms. Gray is the Founder/Managing Partner of The 22 Fund (The 22), an impact, early-growth venture capital firm with a mission of growing generational wealth/mobility & creating the clean, quality jobs of the future in LMI communities by increasing the global competitiveness of climate tech/sustainable manufacturing companies, intentionally targeting women- and BIPOC-owned businesses. She was recently appointed President, Commission on the Status of Women by LA Mayor Karen Bass, named a Forbes 50 Over 50 in Finance and cited by Business Insider's as The 32 most important VCs in Los Angeles, according to other VCs and The 30 rising star VCs in Los Angeles, according to other VCs. She is also a Board Director for Applife Digital Solutions, Inc (ALDS) and the CSUDH Philanthropic Foundation Endowment. Additionally, Ms. Gray serves on Melinda Gates' Pivotal Venture's Women of Color Advisory Council, PGIM Real Estate's Impact Advisory Council, as an advisor to the Fearless Fund, as a Lead Partner at the Portfolia Green & Sustainability Fund and numerous committees focused on the intersection of finance and climate, gender, race and manufacturing. Ms. Gray is the first Social Impact Fellow at the UC Berkeley's Center for Equity, Gender and Leadership and was an Executive-in-Residence at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator. In 2015, Ms. Gray gave a TEDx Talk entitled 'Why It's Time for Women to Be Sexist with Investment Capital.' Due to the response, Ms. Gray founded the nonprofit We Are Enough (WAE). WAE's only mission is to educate ALL women on how and why to invest in women-owned, for-profit businesses or with a 'gender lens.' WAE was chosen by Variety magazine as a global 50 most "impactful" nonprofits. Ms. Gray was named a 50 Women of Influence in business in LA, featured in the book '200 Hundred Women: Who Will Change the Way You See the World', co-wrote 'How Foundations Fail Diverse Fund Managers and How to Fix It' for the Stanford Social Innovation Review and co-created Due Diligence 2.0 Commitment. In 2019, Ms. Gray received the Bad Ass Woman in Green award from the California League of Conservation Voters and the Women of Courage award from Youth Mentoring Connection. Ms. Gray formerly worked as a senior advisor to the LA Mayor, at a venture capital fund and as a systems engineer on the Space Shuttle program. She holds a B.S. in Mathematical Science with an aeronautics emphasis from UCSB and dual MBAs from Columbia University/UC Berkeley.