The leadership of the GRA Venture Fund, LLC does much more than manage an investment fund. It leverages the full power of Georgia's entrepreneurial eco-system by connecting the Fund's portfolio companies to experienced business advisors and industry leaders.
This door-opening network helps ensure that the portfolio companies enter the marketplace not only with groundbreaking products and services, but also with the best chance of succeeding through sound leadership and strong financial management.
In her role as Managing Director for the GRA Venture Fund, LLC, Michelle Jarrard oversees the Fund's investment decisions and board relations.
Prior to joining the Fund, Ms. Jarrard had a 25-year career with McKinsey & Company. As the firm's Global Chief HR and Talent Officer, she had responsibilities that spanned the company's 20,000 employees and 50+ country footprint. These included: people strategy, talent acquisition and development, learning, partner compensation & evaluation, diversity, internal communications, HR analytics and policies & risk.
In addition to her strategic and expertise-based responsibilities, Ms. Jarrard had operational oversight of a $100M+ annual budget and a staff of 200 people. Prior to her HR leadership role, she was a client-serving partner of the firm, helping clients identify and implement operational improvements.
Ms. Jarrard's strategic insight and knowledge have made her a valued member of the Atlanta community. She is currently on the Board of Trustees and serves as Chair of the Compensation & Benefits Committee for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, one of the largest pediatric healthcare systems in the U.S. She is also a Trustee of the Georgia Tech Foundation Board.
Ms. Jarrard earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, with highest honors.
David M. Ratcliffe
Chairman, GRA Venture Fund, LLC
F. Duane Ackerman
Former CEO, BellSouth Corporation
James (Jim) S. Balloun
Former CEO, Acuity Brands, Inc.
Frederick (Fred) E. Cooper
Chairman, Cooper Capital
Bradley (Brad) Currey, Jr.
Retired Chairman & CEO, RockTenn Company
William (Bill) Linginfelter
Area President – Georgia / South Carolina
REGIONS Financial Corporation
Ivan Sigmund (Sig) Mosley, Jr.
Managing Partner, Mosley Ventures
Managing Director, Rocksolid Holdings
Charles (Charlie) Ogburn
Non-Executive Chairman of the Board, Crawford & Company
Frances (Fran) Gail Rogers
President, Checks & Balances, Inc.