Team

San Diego Angel Conference Team

The San Diego Angel Conference is a team effort of many volunteers who are interested in educating new Angel Investors and thereby expanding the opportunities for startups in the Greater San Diego community. If you are interested in contributing to project as a volunteer, please email us at SBDC@sandiego.edu and let us know what you would like to work on.


Will Fowler

The Fund Administrator

Will has been deeply involved in the administration and management of angel funds along with syndicates and SPVs for many years throughout the United States. An angel investor himself, he is a managing partner of Loon Creek Capital Group which specializes in facilitation and management of angel investment transactions. 

Sebastian Lucier, J.D.

The Legal Partner

Sebastian specializes in startups, VC-backed companies, and mid-market businesses with Mintz Levin including significant depth in fund formation and negotiating and implementing financing. He serves as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law, and holds a JD from the University of San Diego and a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan.

Silvia Mah, Ph.D.

The Fund Manager

I am the fund manager and working very closely with Mysty. My goal is to create a solution for aspiring angel investors to “try on” their wings by making a real investment in a vetted company at a low enough threshold of risk and total dollar amount; ultimately spurring the activation of new capital. Thus, growing a stronger and more wide network of angels in San Diego to fund innovation and grow our local economy. 

Silvia is the CEO of Hera-Labs, a business accelerator for women-owned small businesses, co-founder of Hera Fund, an angel fund for female angels investing in female founders, and an angel investor in female-focused endeavors: Hera Hub, a spa-inspired co-working space for female entrepreneurs, The Sash Bag and Hera Therapeutics.

Mysty Rusk

The Conference Organizer

The organizer of the San Diego Angel Conference and the Director of The Brink, Mysty has been a catalyst for creating dynamic angel investor ecosystems in several regions up and down the West Coast. She has helped guide numerous companies from idea to IPO in addition to helping raise over $40M for innovation startups.

John Sechrest

The Conference Expert

Founder of the Seattle Angel Conference in 2011 continuing through today, John is one of the most experienced educators in the angel investment process to both investors and companies alike in the US. His former roles including Founder, CEO, and CTO are spread across multiple corporate, university and non-profit environments.