As a vice president at Silicon Valley Bank on the Startup Banking team, Sophie Nazerian’s primary focus is on strengthening and showcasing the early-stage startup ecosystem in her hometown of Los Angeles.
Ever passionate about the positive global impact that new technologies can have, Sophie leverages her enthusiasm, dedication and experience to support founders as they achieve their visions. She’s also committed to fostering inclusivity and diversity in the startup industry.
Before joining SVB, Sophie gained experience working in a variety of sectors, including tech entrepreneurship, academia, government and corporate innovation. Her previous roles include serving as an engagement manager at Techstars and as a member of the community founding team at Project FoundED. To every role, Sophie brings professional experience in business development, product launch and community development.
Sophie graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2011. In 2016, she earned a master’s degree in international education development from Columbia University.