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Desiree Vargas Wrigley

Chief Innovation Officer, P33

Desiree Vargas Wrigley is a Latina serial entrepreneur, Chief Innovation Officer at P33 and Executive Director of TechRise by P33, a muti-stakeholder initiative to provide capital, community and connections for Black and Latinx tech founders. She is also the co-founder of the Josephine Collective, a group focused on helping women and people of color angel invest in high potential startup. Prior to P33 Desiree founded Pearachute, a company that helps parents and children drop into the best family activities in town.   Desiree also co-founded GiveForward, the world’s first crowd giving platform for people facing a major life event. Under her leadership, the company helped friends and family contribute nearly $160M to loved ones in need.

After graduating from Yale, Desiree worked at the Kauffman Foundation as a specialist in entrepreneurship and at Arabella Philanthropic Investment Advisors.  She taught New Venture Discovery at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.  Desiree has been named Inc’s 30 Under 30, Crain’s 40 Under 40, one of Parents Magazine’s Most Inspiring Moms, one of Forbe’s Women to Watch, and has appeared on Shark Tank, closing one of the largest deals on the show to date.  When not working, she enjoys spending time with her 2 young sons, stepdaughter, and crime-fighting husband.