Janou Gordon


From DC to VC, Janou spent much of her working life in public service before joining Lightspeed in 2017.

She began her career as a research assistant at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, eventually moving to the Department of the Interior, then the White House. There, she served as a senior legislative assistant and, later, associate director at the Office of Political Strategy.

Most recently, however, she was the deputy chief of staff to the CEO of the Obama Foundation—an apt jumping-off point for her move to Lightspeed, where she serves as the consumer team’s chief of staff.

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