Michelle Cheong

Managing Partner, Blackhorn Ventures

Melissa Cheong joined Blackhorn Ventures in January 2019 as a Managing Partner. In her role, Melissa balances her time between managing the firm’s strategic goals, procedures and policies, creating partnerships and working with talented and inspiring company founders, and developing the firm’s investment strategy for current and future funds.

Prior to joining Blackhorn, Melissa held various positions working with family offices and within the financial services sector. She helped build and grow organizational platforms, allowing them to thoughtfully and efficiently deploy capital at scale. Most recently, Melissa was the Chief Investment Officer at ZOMA Capital, the private family office of Ben and Lucy Ana Walton, where she oversaw the management of the family’s various investment activities, employing a fully values-aligned investment strategy. She also worked in various finance and investment roles with organizations such as Treehouse Investments, Imprint Capital, Plainfield Asset Management, Metzler Bank and Deutsche Bank. As a Managing Director at Imprint Capital, Melissa was a member of the management team responsible for overseeing and managing the firm’s direct investment and private credit platforms. In this role she worked with a broad range of family offices, foundations and financial institutions to build out customized mission-aligned social impact investment portfolios.

Melissa also serves as a member of the Investment Committee for Partners Group Impact Investments. She has served as a director on the boards of Shasta Renewable Resources Group, RPM Events and Techtonic Group. She also serves on the board of Agora Partnerships, a non-profit organization that works with entrepreneurs to build businesses focused on solving deep social and environmental challenges in emerging markets.

She has been featured by Trusted Insight in 2017 and 2018 as one of the “Top 30 Family Office Chief Investment Officers” and is a frequent speaker and presenter at events and conferences on social and environmental impact investing issues, as well as on topics related to various family office structures and corresponding approaches to investing.

Melissa holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Chicago, where was a recipient of the Richter Grant. She received an MBA from Columbia Business School, with a concentration in Finance and International Development.