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Karen LeVert

Venture Partner, Pappas Capital

Durham, NC

Committee: Nominating and External Relatoins

Term Ends: 2026


Karen LeVert is a native of Johnstown, Ohio. She began her career at Nationwide Insurance holding positions of increasing responsibility from computer programmer to controller, to general manager of a 500-person service center. She then began her entrepreneurial pursuits, launching 2 start-ups before co-founding Southeast TechInventures and Ag TechInventures, innovation labs focused on commercializing university technologies. She’s currently a Venture Partner at Pappas Capital, leading the expansion of the firm’s Specialized Fund Management business with a focus on identifying attractive agricultural technology investment opportunities. Karen serves as a board member for the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, the North Carolina Arboretum, AgLaunch, and LCBA Life Insurance Company.


B.S. Information Technology Eastern Michigan University 1984

M.B.A. Finance University of Dayton

Executive Education Governing for Non-Profit Excellence Harvard Business School 2016