Our Team

To date, Columbia Capital has invested in over 170 companies, ranging from small, early-stage investments to multibillion-dollar public companies. Columbia Capital’s six partners have worked together, on average, for over a decade.

Investment Professionals

Jason Booma
Partner
Jim Fleming
Partner
Patrick Hendy
Partner
Monish Kundra
Partner
John Siegel
Partner
Evan DeCorte
Principal
Sharon Lam
Vice President
Sam Dailey
Associate
Nick Szczur
Associate
Arun Gupta
Venture Partner
Jennifer Krusius
Venture Partner
John Leibovitz
Venture Partner
Jeff Patterson
Venture Partner






Finance and Administration

Gina Barnedo
Office Manager
Kim Basha
Accounting Manager
Don Doering
Administrative Partner
Cheryl Ghadban
Tax Manager
Ben Lewis
Chief Financial Officer
Brayson Lewis
Fund Accountant
Suzanne St. George
Administrative Assistant
Pamela Zahn
Executive & Travel Assistant

Jason Booma

Partner

Jason focuses on investments in the Cyber Security, Enterprise IT Services and Internet Infrastructure sectors. At Columbia, Jason serves on the Boards of 2nd Watch, Billing Platform, Contino, Lemongrass, OPĀQ Networks, SummitIG, and previously served as a Director of Cloud Sherpas (acquired by Accenture).  Jason began his tenure as a principal investor in 2004 with Centennial Ventures. There, he was involved with Centennial’s services and technology investments in Zayo Group (NYSE:ZAYO), Compellent Technologies (NYSE: CML), New Global Telecom (acquired by Comcast), Market Force Information, and TensorComm.  Prior to Centennial, Jason was a product manager for Level 3 Communications. Jason started his career at QualNet (acquired by Verio), a start-up provider of Internet infrastructure for mid-sized enterprises. Jason received a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management.

Current Investments:

Jim Fleming

Partner

Jim focuses on investments in the Cyber Security, Media and Mobile sectors. He is currently a director of Altamira, Canara, Local Media, NextNav, and Omnispace. He previously held board seats with AB Spectrum (wireless assets sold to T-Mobile), Baja Broadband (acquired by TDS), ExteNet Systems (acquired by Digital Bridge and Stonepeak), Presidio (acquired by American Securities), Nuvox Communications (acquired by Windstream), TVCC (acquired by Light Squared), CCTV (acquired by Light Squared), Mobile Satellite Ventures, XM Satellite Radio, ICG Communications (acquired by Level 3 Communications), Taqua (acquired by Tekelec), The Tennis Channel (acquired by Sinclair Broadcasting), WCS Wireless (acquired by NextWave Wireless), WNP Communications (acquired by XO Communications), and Zayo (NYSE: ZAYO), and has worked closely with a number of former Columbia portfolio companies including Digital Television Services (acquired by Pegasus Communications) and NeoWorld (acquired by Nextel). Jim received his B.A. from Stanford University.

Sectors of Focus: Mobility

Current Investments:

Patrick Hendy

Partner

Patrick focuses on Data Center and Enterprise IT Services investments. Patrick is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Canara, Cologix, and New Signature. Patrick previously served on the boards of Virtustream (acquired by EMC), mindSHIFT (acquired by Best Buy), and New Global Telecom (acquired by Comcast), and he was involved with a number of the firm’s previous Internet Infrastructure, Enterprise IT Services, and Mobile investments, including Presidio (acquired by American Securities), XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: XMSR), and NuVox Communications (acquired by Windstream). Before joining Columbia, Patrick worked at JPMorgan Chase & Co in their Telecom, Media and Technology investment banking group. And prior to that he worked at Wachovia Securities in their Debt Capital Markets group. Patrick received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University.

Current Investments:

Monish Kundra

Partner

Monish focuses on Mobile investments, including investments in spectrum, wireless services, wireless infrastructure, satellite communications and the Internet of Things (IoT). He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Local Media, NextNav and Omnispace and was previously involved with or on the board of AB Spectrum (wireless assets sold to T-Mobile), Horizon, MSV, Progeny, TerreStar and TVCC. Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Monish was Senior VP of Corporate Development for Mobile Satellite Ventures (now Lightsquared) where he was responsible for leading both the company’s spectrum coordination initiatives and strategic partnerships. Prior to Mobile Satellite Ventures, Monish held positions in private equity with Madison Dearborn and as an executive with broadband, wireless, and satellite service providers. Monish holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. degree from the Wharton School.

Sectors of Focus: Mobility

Current Investments:

John Siegel

Partner

John focuses on Internet Infrastructure and Enterprise IT Services investments. John is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Contino, euNetworks, Landways, Lemongrass, New Signature, SummitIG, and TerraPact. John previously served on the boards of ICG Communications (acquired by Level 3), New Global Telecom (acquired by Comcast), Presidio (acquired by American Securities), GTS CE (acquired by Deutsche Telekom), mindSHIFT (acquired by Best Buy), FDN Communications (acquired by NuVox), Virtustream (acquired by EMC), Cologix (majority stake acquired by Stonepeak), Cloud Sherpas (acquired by Accenture) and Zayo (NYSE: ZAYO) and represented Columbia Capital’s interests in Mpower Communications (acquired by TelePacific). Before joining Columbia Capital, John worked in Morgan Stanley’s Private Equity Group, where he specialized in investments in the telecommunications/data services arena. He also held positions with Fidelity Ventures, the private equity division of Fidelity Investments, and the Investment Banking Division of Alex. Brown & Sons, Incorporated. John received his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Current Investments:

Evan DeCorte

Principal

Evan focuses on Broadband Infrastructure and Cloud/Enterprise IT Services. Evan is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Landways and TerraPact. Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Evan was the Head of Marketing and led the Voice Business for Roshan TDCA, Afghanistan’s largest telecommunications provider. Before joining Roshan, Evan was as an analyst with JPMorgan Chase’s foreign exchange and interest rate derivatives group in New York. Evan received his B.S. from The George Washington University, where he double majored in Economics and Political Science.

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Sharon Lam

Vice President

Sharon focuses on Internet Infrastructure, Media and Mobile investments. Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Sharon worked at Goldman Sachs in their Technology, Media, and Telecommunications group in New York. Before joining Goldman Sachs, Sharon was an analyst at UBS in their TMT group. Sharon received her B.S.C. from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, where she double majored in Finance and Accounting.

Sam Dailey

Associate

Sam focuses on Cloud/Enterprise IT, Media, and Mobile investments.  Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Sam was an Associate at Charles River Associates in their Auctions and Competitive Bidding practice in Boston. Sam received his B.A. from Middlebury College, where he majored in Economics.

Sectors of Focus: Enterprise IT Mobility

Nick Szczur

Associate

Nick focuses on Cloud/Enterprise IT, Internet Infrastructure, and Mobile investments.  Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Nick was an Associate at CapitalSource in their Leveraged Finance practice, focusing on debt financings in the Software and Internet Infrastructure sectors.  Nick received his B.A.Sc. from the University of Maryland, where he majored in Economics.

Arun Gupta

Venture Partner

Arun focuses on Federal/Cyber IT Services investments and is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Business School teaching Entrepreneurial Finance/Venture Capital. Arun is on the Board of Directors or actively involved with Altamira, Daz 3D, Devas Multimedia, Endgame, OPĀQ Networks, Verato, and Vubiquity. Arun was also involved with former Columbia portfolio companies Adjoined Consulting (acquired by Kanbay International, Inc.), Millennial Media (NYSE: MM), Riptech (acquired by Symantec Corporation), Softek Storage Holdings (acquired by IBM), and Webs (acquired by Vistaprint). Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Arun was at Carlyle Venture Partners focused on software investments. Earlier, Arun held positions in Arthur D. Little’s telecom and technology consulting practice and shared responsibility for establishing ADL’s operation in India. Arun received a B.S. degree with Distinction in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. degree in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University (’91) and received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School (’95).

Sectors of Focus: Enterprise IT Mobility

Current Investments:

Jennifer Krusius

Venture Partner

Jennifer joined Columbia Capital as a venture partner in 2017.  Previously, she was the General Manager of Uber Technologies’ business in Pennsylvania.  At Uber, she led business operations, scaling the business to 100% of the state, and oversaw product launches, marketing, business development, and the passing of statewide legislation. Prior to working at Uber, Jennifer was a private equity investor at IFC Asset Management Company and Emerging Capital Partners, where she worked with growing companies in the media, telecom, infrastructure, mining, and financial institutions sectors focusing primarily on companies and investments in Africa and South America.  She began her career in media and telecom investment banking at Credit Suisse Group in New York.  Jennifer received her B.Sc. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University and her MBA from Harvard Business School.

John Leibovitz

Venture Partner

John joined Columbia Capital as a venture partner in 2016. Previously, he served as Deputy Chief of the Wireless Bureau and Special Advisor to the Chairman for Spectrum Policy at the FCC.  John developed the spectrum strategy outlined in the National Broadband Plan and led its implementation, repurposing nearly 250 megahertz for mobile broadband.  Prior to the FCC, John helped launch the Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform working group for President Obama’s transition team. Before that, he was a wireless entrepreneur and strategy consultant. He started his business career with McKinsey & Company. John has written about tech and telecom policy in the Yale Law Journal and the Yale Journal of Law and Technology. He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.Phil. from Cambridge University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Jeff Patterson

Venture Partner

Jeff focuses primarily on Media investments. Jeff is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Access Sports Media, FUSE, Mandalay Sports Media, RockYou, Slacker, and SoundHouse. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Baja Broadband (acquired by TBS), Hoak Media (acquired by Gray Television), Legendary Pictures, Turbine (acquired by Time Warner), Taqua (acquired by Tekelec) and has worked closely with a number of former Columbia portfolio companies including Call Technologies (acquired by 3Com), Digital Television Services (acquired by Pegasus Communications), DSL.net (NASDAQ: DSLN), NuVox Communications, The Tennis Channel (acquired by Sinclair Broadcasting), and XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: XMSR). Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Jeff worked at First National Bank of Boston in the Media & Communications team in Boston and in the European Cable & Telephony team in London. Jeff received his B.A. from Bowdoin College and his M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

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Gina Barnedo

Office Manager

Gina joined the firm in 2000 as Office Manager.  Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Gina worked as Assistant Controller at Redbricks.com and Firm Administrator at Myint & Buntua, CPAs.  She graduated from State University of New York at Stony Brook with a Bachelor of Science in Economics.

Kim Basha

Accounting Manager

Kim joined the firm in 2012 as an Accounting Manager.  Prior to joining Columbia Capital, she worked in the Audit and Assurance practice of Cherry Bekeart, LLP and for Berkley Net Underwriters, LLC. Kim graduated cum laude from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Don Doering

Administrative Partner

Don joined Columbia in 1999 and is responsible for managing the firm’s operations. He has more than 30 years of successful experience managing the financial and operational functions of both public and private companies. Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Don was the Chief Financial Officer of Digital Television Services and Sterling Cellular, two former Columbia portfolio companies. Don also served in various financial and operational management positions for Contel Cellular, a subsidiary of Contel Corporation, and was a member of the audit department of Arthur Andersen, LLP. He received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia.

Cheryl Ghadban

Tax Manager

Cheryl joined Columbia in 2007 as Tax Manager. Cheryl has more than 25 years of experience in Finance.  Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Cheryl was Division Controller of a national homebuilder and Controller of a regional real estate firm.  She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Georgia State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Ben Lewis

Chief Financial Officer

Ben joined the firm in 2008 as Controller. Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Ben worked in the Audit and Assurance practice for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in Washington, DC.  Ben received his B.S. of Business Administration from Bucknell University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Brayson Lewis

Fund Accountant

Brayson joined the firm in 2008 as a Staff Accountant. Brayson received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Ferris State University.

Suzanne St. George

Administrative Assistant

Suzanne joined the firm in 2015 as Office Assistant. Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Suzanne worked in office management for the Government Relations offices of Visa and Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in Washington, DC.  She graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications.

Pamela Zahn

Executive & Travel Assistant

Pam joined the firm in 2005. She received her Bachelors in Business from Endicott College and is a Notary Public.