Gwill York '75 - Co-Founder, Lighthouse Capital Partners
A successful venture capitalist and pioneering entrepreneur, Gwill York has invested in early-stage technology and healthcare companies and has a particular interest in supporting STEM education for girls and women. A graduate of Harvard College with a degree in economics, Gwill received her MBA from Harvard Business School and began her career at Salomon Brothers before subsequently working at a medical software startup, for Fidelity Investments, and for Comdisco Ventures where she led its investments in over 50 companies. In 1994 she co-founded Lighthouse Capital Partners, a structured venture capital partnership based in Cambridge, MA, and Menlo Park, CA. In addition to her investments in start-up companies, Gwill personally supports organizations that advance the mission of science, women, healthcare and education through her philanthropy and volunteer leadership.
The first woman to chair the Museum of Science Boston in the last 50 years and only the second ever in its 187-year history, “Gwill began her Museum stewardship in 1990, drawn initially by the museum’s innovative program focusing on girls and science education.” She co-chaired the Museum’s first-ever comprehensive campaign and also led efforts to generate funding for the reimagining of the Museum’s Blue Wing, 100,000-square-feet of exhibit space that covers topics ranging from dinosaurs to nanotechnology.
Serving as co-chair of the Women’s Health Advisory Board of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston has allowed Gwill to pursue her strategic interest in improving and transforming medical care for women. She has lent her expertise and leadership as a trustee and as treasurer to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum where she “shines the brightest as a mentor to trustees and staff.” And, as Vice Chair of Harvard University’s Board of Overseers, providing counsel on and helping shape the University’s agenda, Gwill “is seen as a leader with great intellect, judgment, composure and humor.”
The 2019 Distinguished Alumna award is bestowed on Gwill York ’75 who brings her fierce insight, leadership, grace and passion to every endeavor.