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Synthesizing the intersection of public health and tech.
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Vanessa Mason

Vanessa brings life to ideas through entrepreneurship. Throughout her career, she has leveraged behavioral science to scale businesses that improve health.

As the co-founder and managing director of P2Health Ventures, she invests in early stage companies working at the intersection of public health and technology. Vanessa is the creator of Healthy Hustle Habits, a coaching accelerator for idea-stage female founders that equips them with the skills, tools, and community to build the foundation for a successful entrepreneurial venture in health. Healthy Hustle Habits offers 1:1 coaching and corporate workshops leveraging behavioral science that improve productivity, performance, profits and peace.

Her consultancy Riveted Partners works with startups and major healthcare stakeholders sparks behavior change by accelerating digital health innovation. She led product development for ZeroDivide’s portfolio of digital health pilots focused on reducing health disparities. Vanessa fostered talent acquisition and investment opportunities through XX in Health, a community of female digital health innovators at Rock Health, a digital health incubator. She also managed global health service design initiatives in Mozambique, Argentina and Brazil and supported mobile health product development for clients in west and east Africa.

She has been recognized as a 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival Spotlight Health Scholar, 40 Under 40 Tech Diversity Silicon Valley, 2016 New Leaders Council San Francisco Fellow, 200 Black Women in Tech to Follow on Twitter and as a 2016 TEDMED Research Scholar. Vanessa earned her BA in psychology from Yale University and her MPH in global health from Columbia University. Learn more at

Marquesa finch

Marquesa is co-founder of P2Health and was previously at the Kapor Center for Social Impact and Kapor Capital, working on improving diversity and inclusion in tech through entrepreneurship.

Marquesa’s introduction into tech began after graduate school while working with a global health organization in the Middle East to leverage technology in the refugee crisis–a milestone experience solidified her dedication to digital health for social impact. Upon returning from the Middle East, she continued to work in digital health at Kaiser Permanente building their first mobile analytics program and subsequently at various digital health early-stage startups. She is an active member of the tech community, especially within groups for women and underrepresented persons, and in 2012 co-founded Movement50, a new leaders group promoting diversity and social good in Oakland and San Francisco.  

Marquesa studied Art History and Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and earned her Masters in Public Health (MPH) in Global Health at The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health in Washington, D.C.  Marquesa is a San Francisco Bay Area native, a classical pianist, and a former ballerina.