Who We Are

At The Impact Seat we invest in ideas that solve the world’s biggest problems – focusing on the most innovative, diverse early-stage startups. Our approach combines advocacy, philanthropy and investment to build a new and more equitable economy. We believe in the value of diversity and inclusion to drive our collective future. Our team is built to deliver on those beliefs through diverse dealflow, business best practices, data-driven results, mentoring and resources for forward-thinking entrepreneurs and innovative investors.

Our Team

Barbara Clarke

We invest in diverse teams because they win, and I want to win!

Barbara Clarke

Founder and President

Investor, economist and entrepreneur, Barbara Clarke enjoys interacting with professionals who believe in creating diverse teams to drive innovation and business success. Called ‘The Force’, Clarke fuels change in the…

Cheryl Contee

If you want ROI, you need DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion)!

Cheryl Contee

Chief Executive Officer

Cheryl Contee is The Impact Seat’s Chief Executive Officer and award-winning Founder & Chair of the mission-driven digital agency Do Big Things. Cheryl is the Amazon bestselling author of Mechanical…

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Gabby De La Cruz

I’m passionate about uplifting the voices of founders creating the innovation we need most in the world.

Gabby De La Cruz

Communications Director

As The Impact Seat’s Communications Director, Gabby focuses her versatile talents on developing communications strategy,  CRM management, community engagement with investors & entrepreneurs, influencer outreach, and brand identity development. Prior…

Lisa Jessogne

The Impact Seat inspires me daily to help bring value to our portfolio and to our world.

Lisa Jessogne

Director of Operations

As The Impact Seat’s Director of Operations, Lisa Jessogne is responsible for overseeing The Impact Seat's effective operating procedures. She exemplifies her performance through meticulous attention to detail and an…