zuhairah     Washington

Builder. Board Director. Speaker. 

Angel Investor. Advocate. Advisor.

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My name (pronounced: ZA-HAIR-AH) means "courage" and "radiant light" and at my best, that is exactly what I am.

As an entrepreneur and seasoned business professional with over 20 years of operations, technology, and leadership experience, I am passionate about building and investing in innovative businesses and teams.
 

Throughout my career, I have worked with global Fortune 500 companies, VC-backed startups, and non-profit organizations.  As SVP & GM of Global Strategic Partnerships and Vacation Rentals across all Brands at Expedia Group, I lead a
global team of 250+ and am accountable for billions in lodging revenue.  As an early executive at Uber, I grew businesses from startup to scale and ran one of the top 5 US markets.  In this capacity, I had full people management and P&L responsibility, led the successful launches of uberPOOL and uberEATS, and grew the core rideshare business to a $1B run rate.  Prior to Uber, I was Founder & CEO of an innovative, VC-backed relationship startup. 

 

Internationally, I've lived and worked in Barcelona, Dubai, and London where I led business development partnerships for Europe’s largest local search and user-generated review website which was subsequently acquired by Yelp.  Prior to entering tech, I served as a Regional Vice President at MacFarlane Partners, a high-growth, real estate private equity firm with $20B in AUM.

I am passionate about enhancing the availability of capital and entrepreneurial opportunities in marginalized communities and advocating for the rights of women and minorities.  My public speaking and writing are focused on supporting efforts to increase diversity and inclusion - specifically women and women of color - in business and technology.

I have been published and quoted in the Harvard Business
Review, NPR, Forbes
, and MSNBC. I was also recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America.  I earned a JD/MBA from Harvard University and a BA magna cum laude from UCLA. I am a wife and mother and enjoy singing, international travel, real estate and venture investing, and cheering for the  Seattle Seahawks. 

 
 
 

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