Marianne Hudson – Executive Director, Angel Capital Association and Angel Resource Institute

Ms. Hudson leads two nonprofit organizations: the Angel Capital Association (ACA), the professional alliance of angel groups in North America, with 20 affiliates and 160 member groups representing 7,500 individual accredited investors, and the Angel Resource Institute (ARI), which provides information, education, and research about angel investing to investors, policy makers, university leaders, entrepreneurial support professionals, and entrepreneurs. ARI was founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in 2005 and spun out of Kauffman as an independent charitable organization in March, 2007.

Ms. Hudson led the angel initiative at the Kauffman Foundation that resulted in ARI and also oversaw many of the Foundation’s entrepreneurial education and mentoring programs designed to ensure that more entrepreneurs develop sustainable, innovative businesses.

Ms Hudson has worked in the entrepreneurial support field for more than 25 years. She holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from theUniversityofKansasand an M.A. in Public Policy fromRutgersUniversity.