zuhairah     Washington

Builder. Angel Investor. Advocate. 

Advisor. Board Director. Speaker. 


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My name means "radiant light" and at my best, that is exactly what I am.

As an entrepreneur and seasoned business professional with 15+ 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 government and non-profit organizations.  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 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 deeply and actively committed to enhancing the availability of capital and entrepreneurial opportunities in low-income communities and advocating for women's rights.  I have served on the US nonprofit boards of Planned Parenthood and Accion.  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.


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