Jean Tempel

First Light Capital, LLC

Jean C. Tempel is Managing General Partner of First Light Capital, LLC (a venture capital group). Jean’s extensive background includes 15 years in executive technology and operating roles at major New England banks, ten years in venture capital portfolio management, and several private investment and/or directorships in New England-based early stage technology companies. In the early 90′s, she was President and COO of Safeguard Scientifics, and was a founding director and vice-chairman in their startup of Cambridge Technology Partners.

Currently, her public company directorships include DB Scudder Mutual Funds and Sonesta International Hotels, Inc. As part of her venture activities, Jean is also a director of the Aberdeen Group. Over the last fifteen years, she has been a director of over twenty private companies and six public companies.

Jean sits on the boards of several non-profit organizations. She is a Vice Chair of the Board and chair of the Finance Committee of Connecticut College and chair of the Funds and Endowment Committee of Northeastern University.  She is a director of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and The Commonwealth Institute; and a member of the advisory boards of the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston and of Project Hope.   Additionally, she founded The Jean C. Tempel Foundation.

Jean received her BA in mathematics from Connecticut College, her MS in Engineering in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School . In 2003, Jean received an honorary doctorate in Business Administration from Northeastern University.