Susan is a Founder and Managing Partner of Capital Clarity.
Susan’s extensive experience in investment banking and private equity includes mergers, acquisitions, dividend recapitalizations, and public and private capital raising and equity issues. She has executed numerous transactions for public and private companies with leading private equity sponsors and venture capital firms, as well as strategic transactions with global corporations, including IBM, Hitachi, Intuit, McKesson, Verisk, Infineon, British Telecom, Sabre, Time, Constellation Software and Google.
Prior to launching Capital Clarity, Susan was Managing Director and Head of West Coast Private Equity at SNH Capital, where she served on the board of directors for several portfolio companies, and led the execution of acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and dividend recapitalizations across the technology and technology-enabled services sectors.
Before SNH she served as Managing Director in Houlihan Lokey’s Technology Group where she provided strategic and financial advisory services to public and private companies in the technology, software and eCommerce sectors.
Before joining Houlihan Lokey, Susan was a co-founder and Managing Director of ArchPoint Partners, LLC, a boutique investment bank focused on providing strategic and financial advisory services to technology and software companies.
Prior to founding ArchPoint, Susan worked for Montgomery & Co., where she sourced, evaluated and executed mergers and capital raises for growth companies in the software and technology sectors. Before joining Montgomery, she was a Managing Director at The NASDAQ Stock Market. Prior to that, she was a Vice President in investment banking at JPMorgan, where she executed several billion dollars in M&A transactions and equity and debt transactions with clients in the technology, media, and telecom sectors. Ms. Blanco started her banking career as an associate at Hambrecht & Quist. She has a technology operations background and worked in the storage industry in a variety of international and domestic business development roles.
Susan holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University. She speaks English and French and has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She enjoys international travel, skiing, cooking, SoulCycle, Pilates, and can frequently be found at SFMOMA or the opera.
Susan serves as a SkyDeck Advisor for the UC Berkeley SkyDeck Accelerator program and volunteers her time to early stage companies. She is passionately committed to social impact in the Bay Area and serves on the Leadership Committee of Tipping Point Community and served on the board of Second Harvest of Silicon Valley from 2015 to 2021.
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