Director at AppHarvest
Anna Mason is a Partner on Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund. In this capacity, she leads the investment process for select deals in the fund across a variety of industries including the fund’s investments into Summersalt (Consumer; St. Louis, MO), Pryon (Enterprise AI; Raleigh, NC), STORD (Logistics; Atlanta, GA), Replica (Urban Planning; Kansas City, KS), and ZenBusiness (Business Formation; Austin, TX). She serves on the board of AppHarvest (AgTech; Eastern Kentucky) and is a board observer for Kenzie Academy (Future of Work; Indianapolis, IN) and Dispatch (Logistics; Minneapolis, MN). Anna also leads strategy and execution for the Rise of the Rest Network and Platform, including the annual Rise of the Rest Road Trip and the annual Network Summit. Her passion for this work is centered around two core beliefs: investing in startups sits at the intersection of realism and optimism; Rise of the Rest is a platform that helps us see the country through the eyes of the entrepreneurs who are reimagining its future. Anna brings over a dozen years of experience in finance, startup operations, and venture community programming to Revolution. Prior to joining Revolution, she co-founded a fitness-community startup that was acquired by Beachbody in 2015. Before that, she began her career on Wall Street, where she spent seven years as a distressed bond and post-reorg private equity trader, most recently as a Vice President at The Seaport Group. Since 2015, Anna has worked to help support early stage female founders in the DC community, through various leadership roles at The Vinetta Project DC, including as city co-director and then as co-chair of the Advisory Board. She was also a founding member of BEACON DC, a community-led campaign to make Washington, D.C. one of the most influential and supportive cities in the country for women entrepreneurs. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the National Children’s Museum, which focuses on STEAM-centric exhibits. Anna received her BA in Government from Harvard College and her MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business. She was named to Business Insider’s list of 100 People Transforming Business in 2019 and a Washingtonian Tech Titan in 2017 and 2018.