Rebecca Lovell is the City of Seattle's Startup Advocate. Prior to this role, she was the Chief Business Officer of Geekwire, driving revenue for the business,  organizing and running GeekWire events, developing creative new ways for GeekWire to better serve the Pacific Northwest technology community, and contributing a regular entrepreneurial advice column, called “Lovelletters.”She previously served as Executive Director of the Northwest Entrepreneur Network (NWEN), acting as part-time coach, part-time matchmaker for the organization’s members, providing strategic direction for the organization, which produced over 70 events serving more than 3500 attendees in 2010. Prior to NWEN, Rebecca was as the Program Director for the Alliance of Angels, and over the course of three years, interviewed, coached and screened over 500 early-stage companies, identifying the best investment opportunities for her angel investor members.

Before entering the wonderful world of startups, the first decade of Rebecca’s corporate career spanned managerial roles in an international distribution company, project management with a software company, and finally business development with an executive search firm and and a local law firm (then Preston Gates and Ellis). She has served as a judge in the International Venture Capital Investment Competition, and in her spare time, currently teaches a course in the UW MBA program on venture capital, serves as a mentor in the Tech Stars program, and is an advisor to Startup Weekend.

A newly minted but proud Husky, Rebecca received her MBA from the UW in 2006, earned distinction as a Dean’s Scholar and was awarded the McGowan scholarship. A phi beta kappa, she received her BA in History from Carleton College, was a valedictorian at Seattle’s own Garfield High School, and has embraced geekdom as a lifestyle choice.