Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.
-George Bernard Shaw

Alison Berkley Wagonfeld

Operating Partner

Executive Assistant

Kate Berger


Alison Berkley Wagonfeld joined Emergence in March 2013 as an Operating Partner. She is part of the investment team and she works with the Emergence portfolio companies on marketing, strategy, talent/recruiting, and resource development. She is also responsible for Emergence's marketing efforts, including messaging, content strategy, social media, public relations, business development, and events. Alison was named one of the "Most Influential Women in the Bay Area" in 2014 by the San Francisco Business Journal.

Prior to joining Emergence, Alison was the Executive Director of the Harvard Business School California Research Center located in Menlo Park, California. In this role, she was responsible for developing and writing over 100 business case studies and research materials about West Coast companies, with a particular focus on new ventures and software. Alison has also worked closely with the Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at HBS and the Harvard Innovation Lab. From 2009-2013, she helped design and lead a Silicon Valley immersion program for Harvard students.

Prior to Alison’s role with HBS, Alison worked at Intuit, where she co-founded the company’s home-loan business, QuickenLoans. Alison was also the senior vice president of marketing and business development at Greenlight.com, an online car sales company, incubated by Kleiner Perkins, which was later acquired by CarsDirect (Internet Brands). She joined Greenlight.com as the second employee. Alison has also worked in the mergers & acquisitions group at Morgan Stanley (in New York and Hong Kong), and she worked as a product manager at Microsoft.

Alison received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Yale University and her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar. Alison is chair of the board for My New Red Shoes, a local non-profit focused on providing brand new shoes and clothing for homeless children. Alison is an avid reader and enjoys playing competitive tennis.