Joann Chen


Joann Chen joined Equal Opportunity Ventures in 2019. She has spent a decade at the intersection of business and social impact, most recently as an investor at Bain Capital Double Impact, the impact investing strategy of Bain Capital.

She previously served as Investment Officer at ImpactAssets, an impact investment firm, and Program Director at Spark Ventures, a social enterprise where she launched businesses in developing countries. Joann started her career as a growth strategy consultant at The Cambridge Group, where she helped drive growth in Fortune 1000 companies.

Joann holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Economics and African Studies from University of Chicago. Joann is originally from Texas and is training her daughter, Ellis, to say y’all.




Justina Gallegos joined EO Ventures as a partner in 2019. She spent the past decade at the intersection of technology and policy implementation, with experience spanning the public and private sectors. Justina previously served in the Obama Administration, first in the White House where she led teams focused on sentiment analytics, and later as executive advisor in the Treasury Department, where her work focused on fintech, cybersecurity, and financial reform.

She has experience leading product and business development teams at healthtech, insuretech, and blockchain companies, and is passionate about agile development processes and customer needs. Justina also cares deeply about challenges related to privacy, financial inclusion, and healthcare.  

Justina holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Political Science from Middlebury College. She grew up between New Mexico and Maine and is an avid outdoorswoman.



Roland Fryer

Founder and Board member

Roland Fryer is the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University. His research combines economic theory, big data, and randomized social experiments to help design policies that can increase opportunity in America.

Professor Fryer was awarded a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, the John Bates Clark Medal (given by the American Economic Association to the best American Economist under age 40), and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, among others. He was a member of the 2009 Time 100 (most influential people in the world) and has been featured in Esquire's Genius issue.

Prior to Harvard, he worked at McDonalds (drive-thru, not corporate).

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Bill Helman


Bill Helman is a venture capitalist focused on early stage investments in technology, consumer internet, and health care.

Helman is the former chairman of the board of trustees at Dartmouth College. In addition, he serves on the boards of Ford Motor Company, Barnard College and The Broad Institute.

Helman graduated from Dartmouth in 1980 and from Harvard Business School in 1984.


Team of Advisors