Natalia Oberti Noguera
Founder & CEO
Dubbed “The Coach” by Marie Claire, Natalia (aka Ms. Oberti Noguera) is Founder and CEO of Pipeline Angels, a network of women investors that’s changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs. Natalia holds a BA in Comparative Literature & Economics from Yale and she serves on the boards of Walker’s Legacy, Women 2.0, and iRelaunch. Natalia has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Mashable, Newsweek, Reuters Money, TechCrunch, The Financial Times, The New York Times, and Fast Company’s Co.Exist Change Generation series. She was named to the Forbes list “Top 20 Women for Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter,” as well as Latina.com’s “25 Latinas Who Shine in Tech.” Women’s eNews recognized Natalia as one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century for 2012 and Fortune highlighted her as one of the “55 most influential women on Twitter.” You can find Natalia on Twitter (@nakisnakis).
Prior to joining Pipeline Angels, Boudica’s work experience ranged from designing the logo for Biyuti Publishing to providing administrative support. Boudica (aka Mx. Cooper) dedicates their time to healing trauma, advocacy, and language-counseling to create welcoming environments for marginalized people. They have been credited with influencing the concepts laid out in B. Binaohan’s groundbreaking Decolonizing Trans/Gender 101, a book which disrupts hegemonic ivory tower theory and centers trans people of color today, especially people of color who experience racialized transmisogyny. Boudica fosters a balance between living life true to themselves, and, in turn, inspiring others to live as their authentic selves. Boudica’s various passions include human rights, civil rights, poverty alleviation, activism, arts and culture, healthcare, the environment, as well as animal welfare. They are a member of the Arabian Horse Association.
Design & Tech Lead
Ranya brings a diverse skillset to Pipeline Angels, with a foundation in design and communications. In 2011, she founded Small Mammoth Design, a graphic and web design studio, and has developed a loyal client base including Pipeline Angels and Berklee Press (the publishing arm of Berklee College of Music). Previously, at Express Publishing, she led her team in the creation of the ELTon Award-winning ‘Blockbuster’ multimedia activity series, then at Spandidos Publications she coordinated the launch of two new medical journals and revamped the company’s workflow. Ranya is from Montreal, Canada, where she obtained a BA in Communication Studies from Concordia University. She currently divides her time between continents, accompanied by her husband and cat. You can find Ranya on Twitter (@RanyaKarafilly).
Senior Program Coordinator
At the end of 2014, Zirtual (a woman-founded startup!) matched Stephanie with Pipeline Angels and she currently serves as Senior Program Coordinator. Previously, Stephanie worked as a tutor focusing on science and math with students ranging from elementary school-age to college-age. She enjoys maintaining her vegetarian/vegan food blog and inspiring healthy eating through her Instagram. Stephanie holds a BA in International Studies with a focus in European studies and a minor in Physics from Humboldt State University. While in college, she played baritone with the Marching Lumberjacks; held executive positions with Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority, Inc.; and was a fierce, passionate player on the womyn’s rugby team. Stephanie resides in the Bay Area with her partner. You can find Stephanie on Twitter (@S_Kleinesfeld).
Portfolio & Member Lead
Ann Murray developed her expertise in online publicity, social media marketing, and influencer outreach at leading agencies such as M80 Marketing (U.S.) and ThinkJam PR (UK/US). She has coordinated campaigns for major film, consumer, and tech brands, such as 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Big Heart Pet Brands, Warner Brothers, CNN, Unilever, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Mass Mutual, and The J.M. Smucker Company. Ann has also worked with Harvard digital media researcher Dana Boyd, and has served as a blogger for Comcast, Condé Nast, Huffington Post, and Gawker. She’s a member of the Latinas & Brasileiras in Tech Club and a winner of Verizon’s Latinx Entrepreneur Award. Ann holds a BA in Psychology from UCLA and an MA in Strategic Public Relations from the University of Southern California. Her grad school thesis focused on the scalable business impact of social networking and blogger outreach.
Social Media Coordinator
Erica Smith brings six years of consumer and B2B public relations and social media experience to Pipeline Angels. Throughout her career, Erica’s efforts have resulted in key media placements for her clients in Forbes, USA Today, Marketwatch, Fox Business, among others, and her social media crisis management work has won multiple national awards. In her free time, she enjoys new food and travel experiences with her husband, and documents those on her personal blog. She received a BA in Journalism and Spanish from The University of Georgia and graduated cum laude with honors. You can find Erica on Twitter (@MrsEricaSmith).
Liz White is a strategy and operations executive with deep experience in media and technology. Most recently, Liz worked as the Head of Strategy and Development at Poshly, a VC backed big data company. Prior to that, she ran the digital businesses for PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly as a VP and General Manager. Liz joined Time Inc. in 2005 and held various digital roles across the company. Liz holds a BA from Trinity College and MBAs from Columbia Business School and the University of California, Berkeley. Liz is a Pipeline Angels member and serves on the board of Pipeline Angels portfolio company Soko, an ethical fast fashion brand.You can find Liz on Twitter (@Oscarwatcher).