Mary Jane Elmore

BS ’76 Mathematics, Purdue University
MBA ’82, Stanford University
(Nominated by: Mathematics)

"Purdue gave me the underlying skills that would serve me through my career. Mathematics involves a logical way of thinking and solving problems that can be applied to almost any area of life. Additionally, Purdue helped me become a self-starter and gain confidence and skills that allowed me to overcome obstacles throughout my life."

Mary Jane Elmore was one of the first female venture capital partners on the West Coast, joining the venture capital firm of Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) in Menlo Park, California. She has invested broadly in all stages and areas of information technology companies throughout her career. She served as a general partner in eight IVP funds and on the board of directors of numerous private and public information technology companies.

Prior to joining IVP, Elmore was a marketing manager at Intel Corporation’s Development Systems Division. She was part of a small team of professionals across all divisions of Intel that worked closely with the sales force to achieve market leadership of Intel microprocessors.

Currently, Elmore is a general partner and advisor to the IVP funds and a private angel investor. She is on the advisory council of the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She has also served as a director of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists; the Stanford University Business School Trust; the board of trustees of Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton, California; and the Purdue Mathematics Advisory Council.

Elmore supports philanthropies that advance education at all levels and is passionate about the visual arts.


  • 2015 - Named to the inaugural class of Stanford’s Distinguished Careers Institute
  • 1983 - Became general partner at Institutional Venture Partners, making her one of the first female venture capital partners on the West Coast
  • 1980 - Member of Intel’s Operation Crush, which secured dominance of Intel’s microprocessors in personal computers

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