Marcia Rick Dawood is a Managing Director in two angel investment groups, BlueTree Allied Angels in Pittsburgh (since January 2012) and Golden Seeds in New York City (since January 2014).  For BlueTree, she is also the Chairman of the Education Committee and serves on the deal flow and screening committees as well as actively leads due diligence projects.  Marcia has experience evaluating and mentoring startup companies and investment opportunities She supports women led, impact as well as tech/life sciences and overall fun companies and is passionate about education as well as investment. Marcia has taken an active role in serving as the syndication lead between BlueTree and Golden Seeds bringing the two groups together to collaborate and optimize deal flow and due diligence information.

Marcia also serves on the Board of the Angel Capital Association (ACA), an organization that represents over 12,000 accredited investor members, 220 angel groups and accredited platforms that have invested in well over 10,000 entrepreneurial companies.

She graduated from the Global Executive MBA program at UNC’s Kenan Flagler’s School of Business. In addition to the US, the program studies include business learning in the Netherlands, Turkey, Brazil, Mexico, Hong Kong and India. During her graduate studies, Marcia was part of the 5 person management committee leading OneHEEL Partners, a compounding equity management firm that focuses on helping businesses grow, either by direct investment or through expert consulting services. In 2014, the group acquired the franchise rights to a new sports team, the DC Brawlers, in a new, co-ed sport, GRID. Marcia served on the Board of Directors and managed financial and legal matters for the organization during the inaugural season. This gave her experience as an entrepreneur from the start through the exit of a business.

In her 16+ year career prior to becoming an active investor she gained experience and success in operations, sales and marketing with Kaplan Higher Education Campuses (KHEC).