Katelyn Donnely


Investor at Avalanche VC and Co-Founder and Director at Delivery Associates


Katelyn is an investor and entrepreneur with experience across the U.S., U.K., and emerging markets. Her current focus is on Avalanche VC and board director of Delivery Associates, the leading public sector advisory and technology firm focused on government operations and achieving results.

Previously, she co-founded and served as the Managing Director of Pearson Ventures (prior PALF), a $65M venture fund that invests in education and edtech companies in emerging markets. Katelyn also led the strategy and implementation of Pearson’s global efficacy strategy and was on the founding team of the FT125 Club, a division of the Financial Times. Previous investments and board memberships include SPARK Schools, Avanti Learning Centers, APEC Schools, Omega Schools, and HarukaEDU. Katelyn started as a consultant at McKinsey in San Francisco. Katelyn is a Kauffman Fellow - Class 21. She was named to Corporate Venturing Power List and recognized on Forbes 30 Under 30.

Katelyn currently serves on Duke University's Learning Innovation Advisory Council, helping Duke imagine the future of learning both on-campus and online. She is an active advisor to several startups including Coding Dojo, The Social Institute, and Uplift Groups.