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Maria Gilfoyle


Maria joined Madrona in 2021. She focuses on sourcing and evaluating new investment opportunities across Madrona’s investment themes, as well as supporting the growth and strategy of current portfolio companies. Maria is particularly interested in consumer technology, commerce, marketplaces, content platforms, consumer brands, and the intersections of people and technology. Maria utilizes her previous design experiences to partner with entrepreneurs and solve business problems. She believes in the power of young entrepreneurs and changemaking ideas that will positively shape the future.

Past lives

Maria was an Associate at K50 Ventures and a Fellow at Armory Square Ventures, prior to joining Madrona. There she focused on Pre-Seed through Series A investments. Maria co-founded a consumer syndicate group that made investments in early-stage, value-driven, companies for the next generation of consumers. She supported portfolio companies by developing community-building growth strategies and making introductions to consumer brands and content creators.

Maria started her career in the Gap Inc. Rotational Management Program. She rotated through multiple business functions and did project work with the corporate strategy team. After the program, she held Merchandising operating roles in the Gap and Gap Outlet brands. Most recently, she managed growth, product, pricing, planning, production, and digital strategies for the Gap Body business.

Education and extracurricular

Maria graduated with honors in Entrepreneurship from Washington University in St. Louis with three majors: Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Design. Maria served as her class Vice President, President of Delta Gamma sorority, and was a member of American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity, and a participant in multiple student-run entrepreneurship clubs. Maria also founded a media company in college, The Power Thread, which highlighted and shared stories from underrepresented small business owners and entrepreneurs. Maria was also a competitive figure skater for 12 years and competed as member of Team USA from 2012 to 2014 at national and international competitions.

Maria can be found at art museums, workout classes, hiking, baking, or painting in her free time. Maria is also an On Deck Catalyst Fellow.