Katherine Chapin

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Katherine Chapin

Co-Founder and General Partner, Chapin Ventures

Katherine Chapin's Bio

Katherine Chapin has served on the Sanford Burnham Prebys Board of Trustees since 2021.

A native of Champaign, Illinois, Katherine has held a variety of executive positions for Fortune 500 companies, including Mattel, The Limited, and General Mills. In her various responsibilities, she has spearheaded all aspects of creating new businesses, overseen product development for 325 specialty retail stores and helped re-position the beloved Barbie doll brand.

Currently, Chapin is co-founder and general partner at Chapin Ventures, a boutique private equity fund, investing in self-run and other start-ups.

Chapin has Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Illinois. She studied Japanese at Konan University in Kobe, Japan. She speaks both Japanese and Greek. She is also a former professional dancer and has performed around the world.


Other Areas of Involvement

University of California San Diego (UCSD) Division of Arts and Humanities
La Jolla Music Society, Chairman of the Board (formerly held)
San Diego Youth Symphony
Boys and Girls Club of Carlsbad (Honorary)

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