Tracy D. Gray, Founder and Managing Partner, has international strategy domain expertise and over 20 years of experience assisting organizations in a variety of industries reach their goals. Ms. Gray is also an Executive-in-Residence at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator where she advises portfolio companies on all aspects of their business and is the Chair of the Diversity in Entrepreneurship Advisory Council. In addition, she was named a 2015 “Women of Influence” in Los Angeles by bizwomen.
Ms. Gray is featured in Chronicle Books’ recently released 200 Women – Who Will Change the Way You See the World.
Prior to starting The 22, Ms. Gray was the Senior Advisor of International Business and Marketing for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. For the Mayor, she led strategies and initiatives to assist SMEs grow their businesses through international sales. Additionally, while in the Mayor’s Office, Ms. Gray launched the Los Angeles Regional Export Council and led SMEs on trade missions and to trade shows in Asia and Latin America. She was also Senior Advisor to the Mayor’s Small Business Office.
Ms. Gray was previously Managing Director at Collaborative Equity Partners (CEP), a venture catalyst consulting firm where she raised over $30 million in equity capital. She was also an investment professional at Zone Ventures, an L.A. based Draper Fisher Jurvetson venture capital firm where her first investment decision, DivX, had a market capitalization of $435M at IPO and was Zone’s only company to go public. In addition, she served as a board observer for five Zone portfolio companies where she helped with growth and marketing strategies. Additionally, Ms. Gray worked at the Los Angeles Alliance for the New Economy, an economic development non-profit and for a contractor on the NASA Space Shuttle program as a systems engineer/mission monitor. She is currently on the advisory board of Exergy Systems Inc. and the board of directors for Isidore Electronics Recycling.
In 2015, Ms. Gray gave a TEDx Talk entitled “Why It’s Time For Women To Be Sexist With Investment Capital.” Due to the response from her TEDx Talk, Ms. Gray founded We Are Enough. We Are Enough’s mission is to increase the flow of capital to women entrepreneurs by educating women on how and why to invest in women-owned, for profit businesses or with a “gender lens.”
Ms. Gray is a frequent speaker nationally and internationally and serves/has served on several non-profit boards of directors and advisory boards, including Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Make it in LA, Cal State Dominguez Hills Philanthropic Foundation, Urban Manufacturing Alliance, CHINAWEEK, the Los Angeles Regional Export Council, Southern California Chapter of the National Association of Securities Professionals, Center for International Business Education and Research – University of Southern California and Women in International Trade LA. Ms. Gray received her BS in Mathematical Science, Aeronautics emphasis from the University of California at Santa Barbara and dual MBAs from Columbia University and the University of California at Berkeley.
Maureen McComsey, Managing Director, brings strong operational acumen to The 22. She offers a wealth of expertise contributing to the strategic development of organizations, along with experience and passion for social enterprise and entrepreneurship.
Prior to joining The 22, Ms. McComsey served as Chief Operation Officer of McComsey Asset Management ($75 Million) from inception of the firm in 2005 until the merger with Beverly Hills Asset Management (AUM of $450 Million) in 2014. While at McComsey Asset Management, Ms. McComsey was responsible for the day-to-day leadership and general management of the company and it’s social impact investing. During her tenure at McComsey Management, Ms. McComsey developed the compliance policies and manual of the firm. After overseeing the merger with Beverly Hills Asset Management, she continued to oversee client services and operations for the Beverly Hills Asset Management team.
Ms. McComsey also founded Conscious Capitalism Los Angeles (CCLA) where she oversees the organization’s strategies and mission to deepen and broaden the practice of conscious capitalism throughout LA’s entrepreneurial, business and nonprofit communities. Ms. McComsey leads the CCLA’s operations, programming and events to promote business practices that utilize the power and potential of business to catalyze positive change. Since CCLA’s launch, Ms. McComsey has been instrumental in building the brand, garnering support from organizations such as Whole Foods, The Container Store, LRW and Groundwork and hosting sold out events for the CCLA community.
In addition, Ms. McComsey founded FitDog Online, the eCommerce site for Fitdog Sports Club, where she ran the day-to-day operations of the company. She also has worked as a production manager on multi-million dollar television commercials with an A-level roster of directors and clients and as a documentary producer, including on a 16 segment series NY/LA on the Edge.
Monica Dodi, Venture Partner, brings international, multilingual entrepreneurial experience and a proven track record of successful investing to The 22. Ms Dodi has created, launched, invested in and built highly successful global brands. A visionary on the cutting edge of the high-tech landscape, she has founded four highly successful companies as well as a successful venture capital fund, spearheaded rapid turnarounds and negotiated numerous licensing deals with Fortune 500 companies. She is a sought-after advisor to and angel investor in manufacturing, consumer products, internet innovations, content creation, data technologies, mobile applications, and social media.
Ms Dodi is the Managing Director and Co-founder of the Women’s Venture Capital Fund where she currently co-manages the fully invested Fund I on a part-time basis and continues to have oversight and fiduciary responsibility. At the Women’s Venture Capital Fund, Ms Dodi led the formation of the fund’s focus on investments in new companies with gender diversity, an overlooked, yet high potential for growth sector in venture capital.
Prior to the Women’s Venture Capital Fund, Ms. Dodi was the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Softbank Technology Ventures. At Softbank, she focused on their new media investments.
Ms. Dodi was recruited by Brandon Tartikoff to be CEO in charge of launching AOL’s Entertainment Asylum which soon became the fastest growing entertainment destination on the web with 4 million daily users and reaching breakeven in less than a year. Critical to this success was her belief in following the ever-changing habits of enterprises and consumers in adopting to the new media landscape.
Previous to Asylum, Ms. Dodi helped Warner Brothers roll out television channels worldwide and headed Walt Disney’s European Licensing where she was responsible for the successful turnaround of their Consumer Products business, creating new revenue streams for classic and newly released brands such as The Lion King. Seeing an opportunity in creating a recycled paper products venture with a Disney License, Ms. Dodi founded CD Productions in Paris, which was later acquired by American Greetings.
Prior to Walt Disney, Ms. Dodi was co-founder of MTV Europe and head of Business Development. Ms. Dodi’s marketing expertise, operations and negotiating skills led to MTV becoming the fastest growing channel on the continent covering 16 countries and reaching breakeven in less than a year by launching the first ever Pan European advertising deals. Additionally, soon after college, Ms. Dodi was a founding member of new technology company developing data systems for engineers and the military.
Ms. Dodi is a member of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, a Board member of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation, and a former semi-pro soccer player for the New York Budweiser Eagles. She earned her BS in International Economics from Georgetown University and MBA from Harvard Business School. Ms. Dodi is a Board Director of Decorist.com, a next generation B2C interactive home design platform.
Rajan Kasetty, Venture Partner, brings a diverse and rich background of four decades as an entrepreneur and CEO, in Information Technology, CAD/CAM/CAE, Engineering Services, GIS, Manufacturing, Energy, Controls and Power Systems.
Mr. Kasetty currently spends most of his time as an advisor and mentor to several startups in the US and internationally. He is also an Executive in Residence with Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), and is based in the in the Greater Seattle area.
Formerly, Mr. Kasetty was the Co-Founder and CEO of Terrafore, doing award nominated, pioneering R&D work solar thermal energy storage, in addition to consulting for large CSP and PV installations. Earlier, Mr. Kasetty was the CEO of Infotech Enterprises America, (now “Cyient”) part of a group of companies currently with 35 global locations and more than 12,000 employees. Cyient offers Engineering Design and IT services for aerospace, automotive, electronics and industrial sectors, Geographical Information Systems for utilities, transportation and governments, and IT services for businesses. Mr. Kasetty was a part of the founding team and a Director on the Board of the parent company in India and international subsidiaries. He established and ran the company’s subsidiaries as CEO in USA, PuertoRico and Canada.
His prior entrepreneurial ventures were in manufacture of fasteners and pumps, design, fabrication and installation of power distribution systems, controls and production automation. He served as a director on the board of an advertising and marketing agency in India for 22 years.
Mr. Kasetty lived in California since 1999 and recently moved to Washington. He served in various advisory and board positions with the City of Riverside CA, University of California – Riverside, and several business, trade and technology groups. In addition to advising LACI companies, he currently mentors and advises several startup ventures in the US and internationally. He served as a counselor for TriTech SBDC. He volunteers with the Clean Tech Open as a competition judge, mentor and trainer for participating startups. He has been a Faculty Director at Hult International Business School in San Francisco, directing and mentoring Action Projects of graduate students.