AthenaPartners began in 2003 to support the portfolio companies of a family office, specifically to advise technology startups to scale their operations. Since then, AthenaPartners has coalesced a network of family offices that share direct investment opportunities and leverage their deep domain expertise and networks in their respective industries.
The founders of AthenaPartners are experienced with organizations of all stages from startup to IPO.
Who We Are
Kristen Koh and Christina Wing are Harvard Business School section mates who over two decades crafted a singular vision of how family offices should approach alternative investment opportunities. They are joined by Julia Chang-Kuo, Kristen’s right hand at HireAthena, who has led numerous family offices and venture capital firms as the operating partner.
Aside from managing AthenaPartners, Kristen Koh is the Founder and Executive Chairwoman of HireAthena as well as an Advisor (formerly CFO) to AngelList, both portfolio companies. AngelList is a technology platform that democratizes the investment process. HireAthena is an all-in-one back office solution for SMEs, high-growth startups, and family offices around the globe powered by a distributed workforce of stay-at-home moms.
Kristen is a fierce advocate of both the entrepreneurs working around the clock to bring positive change to the world and the operators supporting them to make it all possible. She believes so much in this mission that she has spent the last two decades investing and advising dozens of early stage companies.
Formed in 2010, HireAthena became one of Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing companies in America. Faced with the same scaling wall so many great services companies encounter, Kristen forged a solution and in 2013, with institutional backing from several investors including Sherpa Ventures, eVentures, Google Ventures, and HVF Labs, created Scalus. Scalus is a software built to equip both SMEs and the value-added advisors that support them with the visibility necessary to scale their businesses.
Prior to HireAthena, Kristen managed the software investments for a fund at Goldman Sachs and was an investment analyst for Credit Suisse covering infrastructure software. She was also the CFO of Loyalty Lab (now Tibco) and Director Finance of Epinions (now eBay), where she developed a deep expertise in financial operations.
A graduate of Cornell University (MS) and Harvard University (MBA), Kristen is passionate about empowering women in business and life. Kristen lives in Tiburon, California with her husband Mark and their three children.
Aside from managing AthenaPartners, Christina Wing is a Senior Lecturer teaching in the Technology and Operations Management Unit at the Harvard Business School. She currently teaches first year TOM (Technology Operations Management) and first year LCA (Leadership and Corporate Advocacy) students. Christina is also an active participant in teaching and chairing Executive Education Programs that specialize in operations and family office work. Christina currently gives many speeches on leadership and understanding the different chapters of your life and has a passion for researching tradeoffs. She firmly believes that you can have it all, just not all at once.
Prior to teaching at Harvard Business School, Christina held a variety of roles within the Finance and General Management fields. She was most recently President and CEO of a family office where she oversaw a team of people and assets within real estate, art, collectables, private investments and philanthropic activities. Christina’s prior experience included being a founder of Wing O’Donnell Ventures, an independent financial consulting and investment advisory practice. Christina was the CFO and head of operations at a startup venture formed by several of her HBS classmates that she joined in the early stages. She began her career in equities and energy investment banking, where she worked at Goldman Sachs and Kidder Peabody. Notably, Christina spent a year in Australia working on the privatization of the utility industry. She has served on many company boards.
A native of The Woodlands, Texas she graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1993 with a BBA in Finance and Organizational Behavior and Business Policy and she also earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1998.
Christina is a very active participant in several charitable organizations. She is currently on the board of The Steppingstone Foundation, Operation Grateful Nation and Aspen Junior Golf. Christina resides in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts with her husband Tad and their three children.