Sunita Patel


Sunita Patel is the chief business development officer for Silicon Valley Bank and leads all business development operations for SVB. With more than 25 years of experience in lending to companies across the innovation economy, Sunita is a highly regarded leader with an expansive network across the venture ecosystem.

Most recently, Sunita served as president of the Technology and Life Sciences division at Comerica and, before that, led their venture capital group for 20 years. Before joining Comerica, she began her career at SVB as an assistant vice president.

Sunita earned her bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from Missouri Southern State University. She has been a longtime member and was an early sponsor of the VCNetwork, a group that promotes networking among general partners of Bay Area venture capital firms. She is a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs, a global entrepreneurship organization, and serves on the advisory board for The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Astia (previously known as The Women’s Technology Cluster). She is also a longtime supporter of the American India Foundation. 

When not working, Sunita enjoys spending time hiking and exploring the Bay Area, traveling abroad and spending time with her husband and two sons.
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