Partner & Legal Counsel
Lisa Read Blanco
Lisa brings over 20 years of experience executing venture capital transactions. Prior to joining Piva Capital, Lisa was the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Energy Technology Ventures, a joint venture among General Electric, NRG Energy and ConocoPhillips, to invest in the development of next-generation energy technologies. Prior to that, she was a corporate partner at King & Spalding, an 800+ lawyer international law firm and General Counsel of Gray Ghost Ventures, an impact investment firm dedicated to providing market-based capital solutions to entrepreneurs who are addressing the needs of low-income communities in emerging markets.
Lisa takes a practical, efficient, and effective approach to structuring, negotiating and executing transactions and views the deal process as an opportunity to build a foundation for a strong partnership between the investor and the portfolio company.
Lisa is passionate about using her gifts to improve the lives of others and serving with her family. During the pandemic, she founded The Compassion Kitchen Project to support local restaurants and individuals suffering from food insecurity. She also founded CKS Serves, an organization that facilitates family service in the community that won a national award for innovation in its first year. Lisa is a member of the Emeritus Board of the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia, having served on its board for 9 years, including as Chair. Lisa enjoys yoga, paddle boarding, fly fishing, hiking, tennis and travel.