Javier Saade is Founder & Managing Partner of Impact Master Holdings and Venture Partner at Fenway Summer Ventures. Impact Master Holdingspartners with insightful people and dynamic companies building a better future. Fenway Summer is a venture capital firm that is an early partner to entrepreneurs and has backed over 50 companies innovating at the intersection of finance and technology (a.k.a. FinTech).
He is Independent Director of the Board of a Rothschild and Presidio owned financial services firm and serves on the Boards of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy and The Organization of American States’ Pan American Development Foundation. Javier also holds seats on the Global Board of Advisors of DocuSign (NASDAQ: DOCU), Corporate Social Responsibility Board of Univision and the Board of Advisors of Harvard University’s Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship. He is Founding Member of Fast Company’s Impact Council and a member of the National Association of Corporate Directorsand the Latino Corporate Directors Association.
Previously, Javier was appointed by President Obama to serve as Associate Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and was its Chief of Investment and Innovation. He was one of the highest-‐ranking Latinos in government and the programs Javier ran have invested $128 billion in over 330,000 companies. He was chief executive of one of the largest capital pools in the world investing in American high growth companies, early stage technologies and startups. Javier also held a seat at the Committee for Small and Emerging Companies at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) and sat on multiple White House and interagency councils and committees working on a broad economic and innovationpolicy agenda.
Prior to public service he spent over twenty years in investing, entrepreneurial, operating and C-‐ suite advisory roles at organizations that include McKinsey & Company, Booz Allen & Hamilton, Bridgewater Associates, Abbott Laboratories, GEM Group and Air America, a company he co-‐ founded. Javier held three concurrent roles during his transition back to private life as Executive in Residence at Columbia’s Columbia Technology Ventures, Senior Fellow at Georgetown’s Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation and Mentor at Stanford’s Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative (LBAN). Throughout his career, Javier has served on several private equity and venture-‐backed boards and held seats on the boards of Casa Central, Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE), Designing Justice + Designing Spaces and served as Mentor at Kauffman Foundation’s Venture Capital Fellows Program and at Techstars.
Javier frequently writes and speaks about digital inclusion, technology, impact/ESG investing, venture capital, entrepreneurship, diversity, social innovation, digital finance, corporate leadership and capital stewardship. His views have been shaped by his broad global experience, multi-‐cultural roots and change-‐making disposition.
Javier holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MS in Operations & Technology from Illinois Institute of Technology and a BS in Industrial Management with a concentration in Manufacturing Engineering from Purdue University.