Lovlani Schulte

Lovlani Schulte

Executive Assistant

Pink-loving extrovert with a flawlessly organized and borderline OCD approach to life

Lovlani is an Executive Assistant at Ridge Ventures. Her dedication to organizational efficiency and her keen attention to detail make her an invaluable asset to the Ridge team. Lovlani has a Bachelors in Business Administration from San Jose State University.

Nancy Thomson

Nancy Thomson

Chief of Staff

The Rock; we probably wouldn’t know how to cross the street without her, mother of three.

Nancy is Chief of Staff and also supports the Managing Partner. She has been with Ridge for over two decades as office manager and executive assistant.

With her deep understanding of the industry, she facilitates HR, administrative, and operations initiatives with the firm. Nancy is the central hub of information for firm-wide responsibilities to ensure team cohesiveness. In addition, she organizes a wide variety of events and meetings, internally and with the broader Ridge community.

She has a BS in Psychology from UC Davis.

Derrick Lee

Derrick Lee


Excel jockey, appetite for learning, caffeine addict, obsessed with precision, father of two

Derrick brings nearly two decades of finance experience to Ridge, primarily from the venture capital industry.

Prior to joining Ridge, he was CFO at Wildcat Venture Partners and Mohr Davidow Ventures where he worked with investment professionals and attorneys throughout all stages of deal financings ensuring portfolio companies were successfully financed, negotiated deal terms, constructed term sheets, and documented review amongst a myriad of other responsibilities.

He previously held a variety of roles with State Street Corporation including fund accounting, internal auditing, and performance analysis for clients including the California State Teachers’ Retirement System.

He holds a BA in Economics from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Arizona State University.