Founding Partner, 1315 Capital; Partner, Quaker Partners
Nominated by Saint Joseph’s University
Adele Oliva is a partner and co-founder of 1315 Capital, an investment firm that provides growth capital to commercial-stage medical technology, healthcare service and specialty pharmaceutical companies (with more than $500 million under management). Since 2007, she’s also been a partner at the healthcare investment firm Quaker Partners.
Oliva has been featured on Forbes’ Midas List of top 100 technology investors worldwide, top 10 life science investors, and top women in venture capital. In 2016, she was recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal as part of the Power 76 list of the region’s most influential people.
Before joining Quaker Partners, Oliva was a partner and co-head of the U.S. healthcare group at Apax Partners, where she started in 1997. She also held roles at Baxter Healthcare and CoreStates Financial Corporation, which became part of First Union Corporation, Wachovia Bank, and later Wells Fargo.
Oliva earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Saint Joseph’s University; she went on to serve as the director of the eastern European development program at Cornell University, where she completed her MBA and the Albert Fried Fellowship. After that, she completed the Kauffman Fellowship, a leadership development program for venture capitalists.
Oliva is the founding president of Private Equity Women’s Investment Network, an advisory board member of Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management, and a trustee of Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital.