by Audrey Vallen

Shirley Lee, Local girl makes good.

We knew Shirley had the makings of a great team member from the very beginning. She has always been a motivated self-starter, even from an early age. At 16 years old, Shirley, a native of San Francisco, found herself a job with a local attorney, filing and organizing. She kept this job, working her way through college at the University of San Francisco, where she studied accounting.

Shortly afterward, Shirley joined Burr, Pilger & Mayer, a local CPA firm, and got battle-tested in their tax department. Then, in 2006, she joined a hedge fund. However, that balloon popped in 2008 when the economy took a slight dip. Luckily, she landed safely at Storm Ventures, where she became the mistress of all things fund accounting. Our paths first crossed at a neighboring venture firm in Menlo Park in 2008. Shirley came to borrow some certified return receipt mail forms, the accounting equivalent of “a cup of sugar”, during tax season.  Later, when Founders Circle Capital needed to expand its finance team in 2014, Shirley was a natural choice.

When not crunching numbers for Founders Circle Capital’s many funds, Shirley is a loving wife and rockstar mom of two children, Chloe and Dylan.  If you’re not impressed by her accounting skills then you’re sure to be impressed by her cooking skills. Shirley enjoys letting off steam in the kitchen, cooking a wide variety of fabulous foods from scratch. You name the cuisine, and she can prepare a wonderful meal. She’s also one of the most generous people I know. When she’s not “all hands on deck” at the office, she’s inviting people over to her home for a delicious home-cooked meal, bringing in treats for the office or offering to grab you something from the nearby coffee shop.