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  • Nasdaq MarketSite
  • 151 West 43rd Street, New York, NY, 10036 US


Abe Cable Professor of Law and Faculty Director, UC Center for Business Law SF. *VCBA Steering Committee Member

Professor Abe Cable joined the UC Law SF faculty in 2011. Prior to joining the faculty at UC Law SF, he was a partner at Miller Nash LLP, in Portland, Oregon. In ten years of practice he worked on a broad range of matters, including private and public offerings of securities, angel and venture capital investments, sale of subprime mortgage-backed securities, and negotiation of software licenses. He has been a visiting professor at Berkeley Law and an adjunct professor at Willamette University College of Law and University of Oregon School of Law.

Evan Epstein Executive Director, UC Center for Business Law SF & Adjunct Professor of Law, UC Law SF. *VCBA Steering Committee Member

Professor Epstein is a corporate governance expert and has advised founders, executives, directors and investors for over 18 years in Silicon Valley and internationally. In 2023, Professor Epstein was named one of the most influential leaders in corporate governance by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) as part of the 2023 NACD Directorship 100™, an annual list of leading corporate directors and governance advocates. Evan is also the founder and managing partner of Pacifica Global, a corporate governance advisory firm based in San Francisco. He is the host and author of the Boardroom Governance Podcast and Newsletter. Prior, Evan was the Executive Director of the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, a joint initiative between Stanford Law School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Rachel Proffitt Partner & CEO, Cooley *VCBA Steering Committee Member

Rachel Proffitt is the CEO of Cooley. As partner and CEO, she serves as a member of the firm’s board of directors, and she is focused on shaping and executing the firm’s strategic priorities, reinforcing and strengthening its unique culture, and promoting the continued elevation of Cooley’s powerful brand. Rachel is known as a trusted strategic adviser to public and private companies – as well as venture capital and investment banking firms and other institutional investors – across a broad range of industries. Prior to becoming CEO in January 2024, Rachel headed Cooley’s San Francisco corporate practice, and served as a member of the strategic committee and board nominating committee.

Jeff Thomas EVP, Corporate Platforms at Nasdaq. *VCBA Steering Committee Member

Jeff Thomas is Executive Vice President of Nasdaq's Corporate Platforms business. Prior to this role, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, focused on integration across the entire business, enhancing client outcomes focus and maximizing Nasdaq’s opportunities.

Previously, Jeff was Head of Western U.S. Listings and Capital Markets, overseeing business development and relationship management for Nasdaq’s listed companies and Investor Relations Solutions’ clients. He also had served as President of Liquidity Solutions at Nasdaq Private Market, where he worked closely with private companies to help them provide shareholder liquidity prior to an IPO.

Before joining Nasdaq in 2014, Jeff held senior positions at SecondMarket, Gerson Lehrman Group and Altera Corp.

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For substantial or content questions (and group discounts), please contact Evan Epstein at [email protected]

For registration and/or payment questions, please contact (415) 565-4704 or email [email protected]. 

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