My goal is to provide women with the networks and systems they need to succeed!
Barbara Clarke is the Founder and Chair of The Impact Seat LLC and The Impact Seat Foundation.
Launched in 2021, The Impact Seat Foundation strives to create a world in which women, particularly women of color, succeed as business leaders. Barbara’s vision of full stack philanthropy melds impact investing, advocacy and grantmaking to accelerate an expanded and equitable economy for all.
As one of the top U.S. individual investors in women-led innovative tech startups, Barbara’s iconic investment strategy has inspired many others around the world. Currently, she serves on a variety of boards, including Portfolia, a venture fund focused on investing in the solutions women want in the world, and Founders First Capital Partners, an innovative revenue based financing firm formed to support diverse small businesses around the country. She is also a founding member of Astia Angels who invest in impactful high-growth companies led by inclusive teams with women leaders.
A polyglot, Barbara speaks five languages and splits her time between New England and Berlin. When she is not scoping out promising startups to invest in, Clarke enjoys exploring new cities, supporting local artists and listening to alternative/indie rock.