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Team

Leadership

Katie is the Founder and CEO of Haun Ventures where she and the team raised a $500 million early stage fund and a $1 billion acceleration fund to invest in the future of web3.


Previously, Katie was a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) where she co-led the firm’s three crypto funds. She joined in June 2018 as its eleventh general partner and first female general partner. Prior to a16z, Katie spent a decade as a federal prosecutor focusing on fraud, cyber, and corporate crime alongside agencies including the SEC, FBI, and Treasury. She created the government’s first cryptocurrency task force and led investigations into the Mt. Gox hack and the corrupt agents on the Silk Road task force.


While with the U.S. Department of Justice, Katie prosecuted RICO murders, organized crime, public corruption, gangs, and money laundering. She also held senior policy positions at Justice Department headquarters in both the National Security Division and Attorney General’s office where her portfolio included antitrust, tax, and national security. While in the private sector, Katie has testified before both the House and Senate on the intersection of technology and regulation. She has taught a course on crypto at Stanford Business School and on cybercrime at Stanford Law School.


Katie clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and is an honors graduate of Stanford Law School. She is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Katie currently serves on the board of Coinbase.

Investment Team

Sam is a Partner and Investment Team Lead at Haun Ventures.


Previously, Sam was a general partner at Polychain Capital, where he helped institutionalize their firm and led business development efforts for the $5 billion Crypto Fund and $300 million Venture Fund II.


Prior to Polychain, Sam was an early employee and Director of Global Business Development at Coinbase. In his five years at Coinbase, from 2014 to 2019, Sam led initiatives spanning international expansion, corporate development and M&A, strategic partnerships, and special projects for the office of the CTO. Sam made Coinbase’s first-ever venture investment in 2016 and hired the team that would go on to form Coinbase Ventures.


Sam has been investing in the crypto ecosystem since 2013, building a personal portfolio which includes projects at each layer of the tech stack. Earlier in his career, Sam worked in the Global Strategy Group at Visa, where he focused on strategic initiatives for the core network processing business. Prior to that, he was a hedge fund strategy analyst at Lake Partners and an M&A specialist at the U.S Department of Justice.


Sam attended the Honors College at University of California, Los Angeles.

Chris is a Partner at Haun Ventures.


Chris started his career at Morgan Stanley and later joined Hellman & Friedman, an investment firm with over $80 billion AUM. It was there that he discovered open source, which led him to join GitHub in 2015.


At GitHub, Chris was involved in numerous initiatives, including helping to start and lead the Strategic Finance and Business Operations teams, creating the company’s first operating plan, helping to scale the sales team, launching the marketplace product, and leading the acquisition with Microsoft.


After the GitHub acquisition, Chris became a Partner at Index Ventures to invest in the next generation of community-led businesses. He helped sponsor Index’s investments in Notion and Figma and later spearheaded their crypto efforts, including their investment in Fireblocks.


Chris is originally from Korea and has a B.S. in Foreign Service for International Economics from Georgetown University.

Breck is an Investment Associate at Haun Ventures.


Previously, Breck was the first employee at Zora. As a senior software engineer he contributed to the core protocol, built and managed its SDKs, and scaled the backend that powers the Zora API.


Prior to Zora, Breck began his career on the crypto engineering team at Coinbase where he helped to build the systems that scaled Coinbase’s retail and institutional support of over 50 new crypto assets. While at Coinbase, Breck also led the crypto engineering efforts for one of the earliest Coinbase defi products.


Breck attended Vanderbilt University and received his B.S cum laude in both Computer Science and Human and Organizational Development.

Operating Team

Chris is the Chief Strategy Officer of Haun Ventures.


Prior to joining Haun Ventures, Chris served on the executive management team of Airbnb and led the company’s policy and communications work from 2015 to 2021. Previously, Chris co-founded Fabiani & Lehane, a strategic consultancy that advised political, corporate, technology, entertainment, and professional sports clients. In the 1990s, he served in various positions in the administration of President Bill Clinton, including as Press Secretary to Vice President Al Gore and Special Assistant Counsel to President Clinton. Chris has also served as a Lecturer in Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Chris holds a B.A. from Amherst College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Tomicah is the Chief Policy Officer of Haun Ventures.


Prior to joining Haun Ventures, Tomicah served as Global Head of Policy at a16z Crypto, where he was responsible for the firm's policy engagement on digital assets and web3. Previously, Tomicah led various initiatives at New America, including the Digital Impact and Governance Initiative, the Responsible Asset Allocator Initiative, and the Blockchain Trust Accelerator. Prior to New America, Tomicah served as an advisor to Joe Biden and two secretaries of state. Tomicah began his career in Washington on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.


Tomicah holds a B.A. magna cum laude from Yale University and a Ph.D. with distinction from the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Rachael is Chief Marketing Officer at Haun Ventures.


Prior to joining Haun Ventures, Rachael served as an Operating Partner at a16z Crypto, where she led marketing and communications. Previously, Rachael served as Vice President of Communications at Coinbase. Rachael has served as Communications Director at Google, Facebook, and Twitter, and as a Marketing & Communications Partner at Spark Capital. Rachael began her career at Greer, Margolis, Mitchell, Burns & Associates, a communications firm that provides political consulting and issues management services.


Rachael holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington.

James is General Counsel at Haun Ventures.


Prior to joining Haun Ventures, James served as Crypto Counsel at a16z Crypto, where he worked on the firm’s policy and regulatory strategy. Previously, James practiced law at Cooley LLP in San Francisco, where he advised venture capital firms, public companies, and startups on various matters including private placements, capital markets offerings, and corporate governance.


James holds a B.A. summa cum laude in Economics-Philosophy from Columbia University, a J.D. from Stanford Law School, and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Kindra is Chief of Staff at Haun Ventures.


Prior to joining Haun Ventures, Kindra served as Chief of Staff to Katie Haun at a16z crypto, where she worked on founder interactions, portfolio management, and network development. Previously, Kindra served as Director of Community at M13, as an Events Partner at a16z, and in various roles at Dropbox, Microsoft, and Google.


Kindra holds a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Nick is Director of Communications at Haun Ventures.


Prior to joining Haun Ventures, Nick served as Head of Media Relations at a16z crypto. Previously, Nick served as Senior Communications Manager at Twitter and as Press Secretary to Kamala Harris in the California Attorney General’s Office.


Nick holds a B.A. in Political Science and Media Studies from The University of California, Berkeley.

Stephanie is Director of Executive Affairs at Haun Ventures.


Prior to joining Haun Ventures, Stephanie served as an Executive Assistant at a16z Crypto, where she supported Katie Haun. Previously, Stephanie served in various roles including Director of Corporate Affairs and Executive Assistant at several investment firms.


Stephanie holds a B.A. in Sociology from San Francisco State University.

Nicole is an Executive Assistant at Haun Ventures.


Prior to joining Haun Ventures, Nicole worked as an Executive Assistant at Airbnb, where she supported the company’s policy and communications team.


Nicole holds a B.A. in Business Management from San Francisco State University.