Board of Directors
James joined CommonAngels in 1999 and has been an active investor in mobile, cloud, consumer and business software as well as digital media companies. He also has been a leader in shaping the institutionalization of angel investing. He was the founding chairman of the Angel Capital Association, the professional alliance of angel groups that has grown from 46 groups as charter members to now over 145, representing over 7,000 investors. James also was the founding chairman of ACA’s sister organization, the Angel Capital Education Foundation (now called the Angel Resources Institute), in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation. ARI works with angel investors, venture capitalists, academic leaders and entrepreneurs around the country to provide research and educational programs on angel investing.
James is on the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council and the Board of the MIT Alumni Association. He has written papers and various articles on angel investment processes, and regularly speaks on entrepreneurship and private investing.
James holds a bachelor’s degree with highest honors from the Liberal Arts Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin and there was elected into Phi Beta Kappa, a master’s degree in political science from UCLA, and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. James also is an avid rower and a member of the Cambridge Boat Club.
Brian Girvan joined Ascent Venture Partners in August 2003 as a Partner and as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer. Brian has over 25 years of finance experience in the financial services industry including most recently as COO and CFO of Argo Global Capital, a $400 million venture capital firm in Wakefield, MA. Brian has previously worked as a senior executive in several roles at Fidelity Investments including as a Senior Vice President and CFO of their retail division, as CFO of their intermediary-based mutual funds division and as a Senior Vice President and Division Executive of their institutional brokerage division. Prior to that, Brian was a Senior Vice President, CFO and Treasurer of Affiliated Managers Group, a publicly held investment management firm with over $70 billion in managed assets and a Senior Vice President and CFO of PIMCO Advisors, a publicly held investment management firm with over $100 billion in managed assets.
Ed Mallen has over 25 years of professional management experience in software and systems. He started his career at IBM. As vice president of US sales at Interleaf he was part of the team that built the company to $100 million in sales, an IPO and subsequent financings. As vice president of software products for Xerox Imaging Systems he led the marketing and development of TextBridge, which became the premiere OCR product in the world. He joined Xionics as an executive vice president at an early stage, and helped grow the company to $40 million in sales, building the sales, support, product management and marketing teams that positioned Xionics for a successful IPO. As president and CEO of Profile Systems he led the company’s success in pursuing vertical markets and solutions, leading to acquisition by Comergent Technologies, where he became a Senior Vice President. He was most recently CEO of OzVision, a leading supplier of video services for the security industry. A graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, he is a member of the board of eCopy.
Charles R. Stuckey, Jr.
Chuck Stuckey, Chairman Emeritus and Director of RSA Security, was Chairman of RSA Security from June 1996 through July 2003 and served as the Company's CEO from January 1987 through December 2000. In addition to being a director of RSA Security (NASDAQ: RSAS) he is a director of Matrix One (NASDAQ: MONE), director of the Ohio University Board of Trustees, Foundation Board, and the Board of Visitors of the Russ college of Engineering and is a director of the Massachusetts NetComm Council where he served as its past Chairman. As the President and CEO of Security Dynamics (now RSA Security) he led the company from a startup in 1987 through an IPO in 1994, two secondary offerings in 1995 and 1997 and two major acquisitions. Along the way he built RSA Security into a global leader in e-security with over one quarter billion dollars in revenue and over 1,000 employees.