Our Team

Our team combines deep expertise from banking IT, VC, and industry to understand what it takes for a startup to succeed. Our domain expertise and authentic relationships with corporate IT departments positions us to not only identify and invest in the best, but to scale and support our portfolio companies.

 
 
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Jonathan Lehr

Co-Founder and General Partner

Jonathan Lehr is a Co-Founder and General Partner of Work-Bench, where he focuses on early stage enterprise technology investments in areas including big data analytics, machine learning and AI, data-defined security, next-generation infrastructure, and the future of the workplace.

Jon founded the NY Enterprise Technology Meetup in January 2012 and organizes monthly meetups of the 5,000+ person group as a way to promote collaboration for the enterprise tech ecosystem in New York, with a focus on connecting entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 technologists, investors, and graduate students to network and learn from one another.

Prior to Work-Bench, Jon worked at Morgan Stanley on the Office of the CIO team in IT. In that capacity, he partnered with internal technology clients to facilitate the selection and on-boarding of emerging technology vendors. He has written about enterprise technology trends for publications such as The Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal and TechCrunch. Jon is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he received a BSE in Bioengineering, with minors in Mathematics and Economics.

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Jessica Lin

Co-Founder and General Partner

Jessica is a Co-Founder and Partner at Work-Bench, focusing on investments in future of work and teams. Jessica previously was a Learning and Development Manager at Cisco Systems, where she worked with the Engineering organization on Agile transformation, innovation and culture. Jessica is a graduate of Harvard University and developed Harvard’s first aspirational design and experiential education summer fellowship program in Cape Town, South Africa & Paris, France.

Jessica is passionate about growing and supporting the women in enterprise tech community, launching our Navigate Women in Enterprise Tech Summit and our Founders of Enterprise Startups (Who Are Women) Database.

Jessica is actively involved with the education and workforce development community in New York City, as an advisor to LaGuardia Community College and a longtime GED educator.

Jessica has spoken at conferences and events for Dreamforce, SAP, Gainsight, Columbia University, Kauffman Fellows, and has been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and more.

Jessica received a BA from Harvard University in Government and African Studies.

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Vipin Chamakkala

Principal

Vipin is a Principal focused on investments in enterprise infrastructure, big data analytics, and HR tech. Prior to joining Work-Bench, Vipin worked in the Office of the CIO at Bank of America, where his team vetted hundreds of startups a year and onboarded many as vendors.

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Kelley Mak

Principal

Kelley leads Corporate Engagement for Work-Bench where he works with Fortune 500 executives on their technology challenges and priorities. He also focuses on security investments for the team. Prior to Work-Bench, Kelley covered the security market as an industry analyst at Forrester Research.

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Kelley Henry

Community & Communications Associate

Kelley leads Community & Communications, where she oversees events, talent strategies, and content. Prior to Work-Bench, she worked in talent management representing child actors.

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Blake Jesse

Operations Coordinator

Blake leads Operations and manages all external events within the Work-Bench space. He has passions for Entertainment tech and all things Education. Prior to Work-Bench, Blake was the Director of Special Events at XXIV in Los Angeles. 

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Michael Yamnitsky

Venture Partner

Michael focuses on investments in artificial intelligence, security, and IoT companies. Prior to joining Work-Bench, he was an industry analyst covering these sectors in Forrester Research's CIO practice. Michael previously co-founded AgroSci, a profitable sustainability technology start-up.

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