Executive DIRECTOR


Noa Simons has been Executive Director of Upstate Capital since transitioning from her role as a founding manager of the Hudson Valley Startup Fund, a position which she held since 2015. As Executive Director she has taken great steps toward broadening the reach and impact of Upstate Capital's events, programs and member consultation services. If you or your company are interested in contacting Noa or the Upstate Capital staff, reach out via our contact form and we'll be in touch within one business day.

Executive committee

Randy Bianchi

Lakelet Capital

Jennifer Tegan

Cayuga Venture Fund

Brian Model

Stonehenge Growth Equity Partners

David Kocen

Bluehenge Growth Capital

Jeff Lewis

The Bonadio Group

Sam Ticknor

Union Hill Advisors

Nathan Cook

Miller Mayer, LLP

Michael Lasch

Pine Street Capital

Board Members

Daniel Penberthy

Rand Capital Corporation

Somak Chattopadhyay

Armory Square Ventures

Lindsay Stencel

Launch NY

Richard Frederick

Eastern NY Angels

Denny DeLeo

Venture Jobs Foundation

Nasir Ali

Upstate Venture Connect

Nick Querques


Kevin Halpin

JTA Advisors, LLC

Rami Katz

Excell Partners


Rob Nichols


Todd Tidgewell

Nixon Peabody