Heidi Patel

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Heidi Patel

Lecturer in Management


Partner at Rethink Impact, LP, a venture capital firm focused on technology driven impact companies (health, education, economic empowerment, sustainability) with women in leadership roles. Former President and Head of Communities Investing for New Island Capital Management, an institutional-scale and 100% mission-focused investment advisor to a single ultra high net worth family. Previously, Heidi was a 2009 Acumen Fund Fellow working with d.light Design India, a social enterprise working to eradicate kerosene through the design, manufacturing and distribution of solar-powered LED lights. Before Acumen, Heidi was a Director at Pacific Community Ventures, a hybrid, double bottom-line, community-based investor and non-profit organization in San Francisco, California focused on small businesses creating quality jobs in low-income neighborhoods. Previously, she was a founding member of AOL Time Warner Ventures and worked in Investment Banking at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell and Credit Suisse First Boston. Heidi earned an AB from Princeton and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

Academic Degrees

  • MBA and PMP Certificate,Stanford GSB, 2004
  • AB, Political Economy, Princeton University, 1997

Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer, Stanford GSB, 2015-present

Stanford Case Studies

Charles Ewald, Heidi Krauel Patel, Jaclyn Foroughi
Charles Ewald, Heidi Krauel Patel, Jaclyn Foroughi
Charles Ewald, Heidi Krauel-Patel, Jaclyn Foroughi
Heidi Krauel Patel, Charles Ewald, Jaclyn Foroughi

Service to the Profession


  • Impact America Fund

School News

October 16, 2018
Students take the lead in Stanford GSB Impact Fund to manage investments in mission-driven startups.
October 06, 2015
New faculty and lecturers offer unique perspectives and experience to augment program offerings.