A seasoned team guiding young enterprises

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 ecosystem 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.

Connor Seabrook
Interim Managing Director

Connor SeabrookConnor Seabrook was named Interim Managing Director of GRA Venture Fund in January 2021. 

With 30 years of experience growing and funding young enterprises, Mr. Seabrook also serves as GRA’s director of investments and venture acceleration. 

In that role, he guides university projects through strategizing and goal-setting; identifies product development milestones; and shapes a vision for business development.

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Kurt Jacobus, Ph.D., Senior Advisor

Dr. Jacobus served as managing director for GRA Venture Fund for more than two years (2018-2021). As CEO of MedShape, Inc., an orthopedic device company he co-founded, he is a materials scientist and mechanical engineer with a track record of growing young businesses as a leader, advisor and investor. 

In addition to MedShape, Dr. Jacobus had a founding role in three other companies and has served in a formal advisory role to five other companies.

Michelle Jarrard, Senior Advisor

Michelle Jarrard, Managing DirectorAs senior advisor, Ms. Jarrard provides counsel and expertise to the fast-growing companies in the Fund’s portfolio. She joined GRA Venture Fund in 2016 as its second full-time Managing Director and is currently president and CEO of BioCircuit Technologies.

The former global chief of HR and talent officer for McKinsey & Co., Ms. Jarrard had responsibilities that spanned the company's 20,000 employees and 50+ country footprint. Among them: people strategy, talent acquisition and development, partner compensation and evaluation, diversity, internal communications, HR analytics and policies and risk.


Frances (Fran) Gail Rogers
Chair, GRA Venture Fund, LLC
President, Checks & Balances, Inc.

F. Duane Ackerman
Former CEO, BellSouth Corporation

Bill Midgette
Managing Partner, Fairburn Equity Partners

Charles (Charlie) Ogburn
Non-Executive Chairman of the Board, Crawford & Company

David M. Ratcliffe
Retired Chairman and CEO, Southern Company