Michigan Ross Alum Named Among 8 Black Women ‘Making Waves’ in Venture Capital


Ebony Pope, MBA ‘15, is making a difference in the venture capital world. She’s the director of U.S. Ventures at Village Capital in Washington, D.C., where she helps ensure that supported entrepreneurs are represented across ethnicity, gender, and region.

Recently, Pope was listed among AfroTech’s 8 Black Women Making Waves in the Venture Capital World. She joins an elite group of women at V.C. firms across the country.   

“Diversity and inclusion have inherent value from a human perspective,” Pope writes in a Village Capital blog. “In a diverse and globalized world, you’re missing out if you are not hearing from multiple perspectives.”

At Ross, Pope focused her studies on strategy and entrepreneurship, and she served as the Education Circle Director for the University of Michigan Social Venture Fund, the nation’s first student-led impact investing fund. She also spent time in Tanzania, where she developed and taught a business curriculum for agriculture technology entrepreneurs as an Enterprise Consultant for Land O’ Lakes.

Before attending Ross, Pope worked as an account strategist for online sales at Google. She earned her BBA in Finance from Howard University.

Congratulations to Ebony! Go Blue!