Ashley Cravens

Director of Operations in San Francisco, California

Ashley Cravens

Director of Operations in San Francisco, California

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Ashley is the operational lynchpin of Uncork Capital. She was the firm’s first employee, and helped establish all of its processes and systems. Her contributions and responsibilities touch every aspect of the business. For starters: She manages corporate accounting, developed and maintains the firm’s internal deal flow management system, oversees legal documentation, plans all events and manages branding and PR.

She gets a thrill from discovering the most efficient way to get from A to B, but her most treasured role at Uncork is fostering relationships. Ashley loves bringing people together, as seen by the passion she brings to planning our quarterly cocktail hours, partner-hosted dinners, the annual summer party and the Uncork Capital Summit — a 2-day event in which founders of Uncork companies come together to exchange ideas and learn from one another.

Ashley is also a valuable asset for our portfolio companies. She connects founders to vetted service providers and resources, whether that’s a law firm that can handle an IP battle, a venue that can seat 1,000 people in downtown San Francisco, a branding agency that can craft a differentiated, memorable identity, or a recruiting firm that can help a startup fill out its initial team.

Prior to joining SoftTech, Ashley spent more than a dozen years in the finance industry. She was a marketing director and registered insurance and securities assistant at Rosenbaum Financial in Portland Oregon. Previously she was a licensed broker at Morgan Stanley, where she managed accounts for two vice presidents and was a client relationship manager. She started her career at Smith Barney, where she conducted due diligence on mutual funds and became a specialist in client relations, running marketing campaigns, and special events for elite clients.

Ashley graduated from the University of Oregon with a BS in business administration/marketing.

Opera trained. These days she prefers the seats to the stage

Happiest when hiking the Marin Headlands and Land’s End with her daughters and husband

Aspiring painter of portraits. Favorite medium: acrylics

Impressive quick-meal chef. All she needs to please a crowd is a half-stocked pantry and 20 minutes

Office Ninja member and event host

  • Work
    • Uncork Capital
  • Education
    • University of Oregon