INVESTOR, ADVISOR AND PHILANTHROPIST.

Sonja Hoel Perkins is the Managing Director of The Perkins Fund, Founder of Broadway Angels and Founder of Project Glimmer. Considered one of the best performing and most senior professionals in venture capital, she invests broadly in all stages and areas of information technology including Internet, mobile, security, data, communications, consumer and software.

Career path

Sonja began her career in venture capital in early 1989 when she joined TA Associates as an Investment Analyst. She then joined Symantec in Business Development while attending Harvard Business School, followed by a move to California to join Menlo Ventures in 1994. In 2010, she founded both Broadway Angels and Project Glimmer.  In 2016, she founded The Perkins Fund.

Impact

Sonja has invested in over 50 companies throughout her career including “home runs” like Acme Packet, F5 Networks, McAfee Associates, and Q1 Labs. Many of her investments have achieved multi billion dollar valuations in the public markets.  In 2015, Worth Magazine ranked Sonja among the 100 Most Powerful People in Finance in the World. Sonja currently serves as an outside director on the boards of 128 Technology and 3VR.

Education

Sonja graduated, with Distinction, from the McIntire School of Commerce at University of Virginia and received her MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Values

Sonja values family, community and work. She is the founder of Project Glimmer, a non-profit that inspires at-risk teenage girls and women to believe in themselves by letting them know their community cares.

She serves as a Director of Project Glimmer, The Pristine Mind Foundation, the President's Advisory Group and the Foundation Board of the McIntire School of Commerce both at the University of Virginia. She is a past Director the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (WAVC), the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and Meals on Wheels of San Francisco. She is also the past President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (WAVC).

Sonja loves her family.  They can often be found sailing on the San Francisco Bay or walking to school together.  Sunday night is reserved for “Sunday Night Dinner” with her in-laws, including parents, brothers, sisters, and nephews.