Director of Marketing and Communications
Rusty is the director of marketing and communications for Ulu Ventures. An award winning radio and television journalist, she was a CNN correspondent for nearly 18 years covering domestic and world news ranging from war to natural disasters and tales of crime and politics. Following her journalism career, Rusty joined the founding team of NewsCertified Exchange, with seed funding for the startup led by Ulu Ventures. She went on to work with Clint and Miriam to create curriculum and produce videos for online courses in entrepreneurship and venture capital for Kauffman Fellows Academy.
Rusty also founded RD Media Solutions, a media-training and video production company where she worked with C-level executives at multi national companies, top venture capital firms and non-profits.
Prior to joining Ulu Ventures, Rusty was director of marketing and communications at Kauffman Fellows, a prestigious two-year fellowship program in venture capital. She directed communications, marketing, video production, social media and media strategy, helping Fellows with personal branding and thought leadership.
Passionate about the mission of Ulu Ventures to increase diversity in the entrepreneurial and venture communities, Rusty now uses her storytelling, marketing and video production skills to help highlight thought leadership for the Ulu Ventures' team.
If you want to catch her out of the office, best to hit the hiking trails of Marin County and in the winter , the mountains of Idaho where she pursues a lifelong love of skiing. Rusty lives in Mill Valley with her husband Bob.
Rusty graduated summa cum laude from the University of California Santa Barbara with a BA in Anthropology and Geography