executive in residence

Molly Gillis

Molly Gillis
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Molly Gillis

“We strive to make the journey easier for people with great ideas and the ambition to pursue them. Working with entrepreneurs and operators is a privilege; we honor what they do, and we respect the creative process of building businesses.”

As Chief Communications Officer, I lead internal and external communications for the firm, including corporate communications and press relations, as well as brand identity. I create and identify opportunities to build GC’s brand and ecosystem through media, strategic partnerships, events, and new initiatives, including the Velocity Network, a program I co-lead, which connects enterprise decision makers with emerging start-ups.

I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to create and define my role, which has been a theme of my work for General Catalyst. I originally joined the firm to run investor relations, marketing, PR and internal communications just after we raised our first institutional fund, when the founders and early employees were establishing how the firm would operate and what it would become.

After six years as General Catalyst’s vice president of communications, I joined BBN Technologies, a General Catalyst portfolio company. As executive officer at BBN, I focused on business strategy and operations and worked with the Board of Directors and management team to consummate the sale of the company to Raytheon, where I co-led integration post-acquisition. After that, I was executive director of development at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where, as part of the development leadership team, I ran operations, board relations, events, annual giving and internal communications. Just before rejoining General Catalyst, I rebranded Leerink Partners, a healthcare investment bank, where I led marketing, PR and internal communications.

I’m originally from Los Angeles and came east to study creative writing at Emerson College where I earned my M.A. in publishing. I believe in creating a world that is equitable for all. I am an active member of my community and serve as a Commissioner of the Arlington LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission to promote inclusion of LGBTQIA+ individuals and groups through affirming policies and programs, resources, advocacy, and community building. I’m an avid reader and still write in my spare time when I’m not goofing off with my husband and two kids, practicing yoga or reiki (I am a Level 2 Reiki Practitioner), cooking big dinners (I love food) or traveling to New York or Los Angeles.

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