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Tom Stephenson

Tom Stephenson

Partner, Sequoia Capital
Tom Stephenson is a long-time partner of Sequoia Capital, a prominent Silicon Valley based venture capital firm. Prior to joining Sequoia in 1988, Stephenson spent 22 year at Fidelity Investments in Boston where he helped found Fidelity Ventures in 1969 and later ran that very successful operation for many years. More recently, he served a 19-month stint as the United States ambassador to Portugal, 14 months at the end of the Bush ‘43 Administration and then for the first five months of the Obama Administration. While serving as ambassador to Portugal, Stephenson continued his service as a member of the Board of Overseers, and its Executive Committee, of Harvard University where he has held a number of leadership roles over the years. Since returning from Portugal, Stephenson has reengaged as a member of the Board of Overseers, and its Executive Committee, of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. At Hoover, he has helped Senior Fellow George Shultz form the Shultz-Stephenson Energy Task Force which is working on a series of comprehensive and coherent energy policy recommendations for our country. He also serves on the Stanford Precourt Institute Energy Advisory Council and on the MIT Energy Initiative External Advisory Board. Stephenson has also joined the Council of American Ambassadors, the Diplomatic Council on Energy Security, and Business Executives for National Security. He has also rejoined the Board of Directors of Conservation International where he had helped form the Center for Conservation and Government.