Michelle Jarrard is a Managing Director for the GRA Venture Fund, LLC, where she oversees the Fund’s investment decisions and board relations.
Prior to joining the Fund, Ms. Jarrard had a 25-year career with McKinsey & Company. As the firm’s Global Chief HR and Talent Officer, she had responsibilities that spanned the company’s 20,000 employees and 50+ country footprint. These included: people strategy, talent acquisition and development, learning, partner compensation & evaluation, diversity, internal communications, HR analytics and policies & risk.
In addition to her strategic and expertise-based responsibilities, Ms. Jarrard had operational oversight of a $100M+ annual budget and a staff of 200 people. Prior to her HR leadership role, she was a client-serving partner of the firm, helping clients identify and implement operational improvements.
Ms. Jarrard’s strategic insight and knowledge have made her a valued member of the Atlanta community. She is currently on the Board of Trustees and serves as Chair of the Compensation & Benefits Committee for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, one of the largest pediatric healthcare systems in the U.S. She is also a Trustee of the Georgia Tech Foundation Board.
Ms. Jarrard earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, with highest honors.
Fund's investment verticals: biomedical, security, technology, consumer goods and software.