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Matt Wilsey

Chairman, President, and Co-founder, Grace Science Foundation

Matt Wilsey is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, angel investor, and start-up advisor. In addition to consumer products and services, Wilsey invests in and advocates for biomedical research, drug development, and genetic sequencing technologies.

Before moving to the investment side, he spent many years as a front-line operator. Most recently, Wilsey was Co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer of CardSpring, a payment infrastructure company that was acquired by Twitter. Previously, Wilsey ran West coast sales and business development for Howcast.com. Before Howcast, Wilsey worked for Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) on the Capital Markets team focused on new product development, capital raising, and investor relations. Prior to that, Wilsey spent five years as Co-founder and Vice President of Business Development at Zazzle.com. He started his career serving in various roles at the White House and the Department of Defense.

Wilsey became a "rare disease hunter" and advocate after his daughter, Grace, was born with NGLY1 Deficiency. He has since funded over 150 scientists at 20 medical centers in 6 countries with the sole purpose of treating the disease.

Wilsey holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Stanford's Graduate School of Business. In addition to the Grace Science Foundation, he is also a Board member of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, Global Genes, the EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases, and Perlara PBC.