Farah Champsi is a private investor and advisor to companies in the life
sciences sector, having played a key role in raising and managing over
$1 billion in venture funds. She was previously a Manging Director at
InterWest Healthcare Partners and at Alta Partners for 17 years. Farah has
served on numerous boards of public and private life biotech companies and
has had many successful exits through acquisition or initial public offerings.
In 2016 she was selected as one of the top 15 female venture capitalists in
biotech by Fierce Pharma, a major industry publication.
Prior to Alta, Farah was an investment banker at Robertson Stephens &
Company between 1987 and 1999, where she focused on biotechnology and
other life sciences companies. She was elected a General Partner in 1992 and
head of the global life sciences investment banking group in 1995. During
that time, she was responsible for building one of the most successful life
sciences investment banking franchises on Wall Street.
Farah holds a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University
and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Smith College. She is currently
Trustee of Smith College and is on the board of UCSF Benioff Children’s
Hospitals and Peninsula Bridge, an educational non-profit that serves low
income, high achieving youth. Previously she served as a trustee on the
Stanford Business School Trust, the advisory council of the UC Berkeley
School of Public Health, and Smith College’s President’s Council. In 2014 she
endowed a fellowship for female and minority students at the Stanford GSB.
Farah is married to Jim Keene (GSB Sloan class of 2010) and has twin
daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, theatre, global travel, and
watching the SF Giants.