Jelena Ewart
PartnerUpside Partners
Jelena Ewart, Co-founder and Partner at Upside Partners, supports corporate innovation teams and core business managers in joining forces to solve pressing issues. Jelena and the Upside Partners team provide end-to-end support to help corporations accelerate cultural change while maintaining operational excellence in the challenging, high-failure-rate field of innovation. Jelena is also an early-stage investor in Fintech startups at 500 Startups, the world’s most active Fintech investor.

Previously, Jelena was a General Manager at NerdWallet, where she led strategy, product, and operational execution for key business lines through a period of hyper-growth. As a former investment banker, musician, and a decorated math olympian with too many architecture degrees, she brings to the table a unique perspective bridging the gap between corporate and start-up worlds. Jelena is a Director on the Board of San Francisco Federal Credit Union.