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Maura O’Hara

Executive Director, Illinois Venture Capital Association

Maura O’Hara has been Executive Director at the Illinois Venture Capital Association (IVCA) since January, 2004. The IVCA is a 130 member-firm trade association that represents the interests of the venture capital and private equity community with over 500 individual members. IVCA members collectively invest $100 billion in assets under management. IVCA works to promote the venture capital/private equity industry in Illinois by:

  • Encouraging institutional investments in Midwest based venture capital and private equity firms
  • Supporting deal flow for Midwest based venture capital and private equity firms
  • Creating opportunities for early-stage equity investors to interact with growing companies
  • Advocating a pro-investment climate in Illinois

Maura has 25 years’ marketing, strategy and consulting experience and has worked in diverse industries including: retail, home services, consumer packaged goods and professional services. Immediately prior to joining the IVCA, Maura had an eight year career with Sears, Roebuck and Co holding positions in Corporate Strategy, Marketing and Customer Relationship Management. When she left Sears in 2002 Maura was Vice President of Customer Strategies and Consumer Research.

Maura has operational planning experience working at Helene Curtis’ manufacturing facility in Chicago for four years. Maura also has five years experience in mergers and acquisitions at Stevenson & Company representing both buyers and sellers in the sale of closely-held companies.

Maura has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Illinois – Urbana and an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. Maura serves on the board of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center and on Mayor Daley’s Council of Technology Advisors. Maura and her husband live in Oak Park, Illinois with their 2 children.

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