Barbara E. Pierce

Founder, Women with Capital

In addition to her roles as an individual investor and founder of Women with Capital, Barbara has 25 years’ experience facilitating partnerships between top philanthropists and nonprofits.

As the founder and principal of Transformative Giving, she has worked with The Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, The George Lucas Educational Foundation, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU of Northern California, among many others.

Barbara is a member of Pipeline Angels, a network of angel investors working to create capital for women and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs. She also belongs to the American Association of Individual Investors as part of her ongoing education.

Her philanthropy is focused on supporting women’s rights. Barbara is an active member of the Women’s Catalytic Fund, a giving circle focused on gender equity. She is also a leadership council member of the Equal Rights Advocates Stronger CA initiative. A cum laude graduate of Wellesley College, Barbara received her M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin with an emphasis on human rights.