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Darryl Wash
Managing Partner
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Darryl is an experienced entrepreneur, investor and adviser.  Darryl has helped to launch and grow numerous businesses including Community Scripts, LLC; Frontier Payments, LLC (dba TaxiPass and GetRide); and Rubys Rockets, LLC.  In addition to Ascend, Darryl co-founded and manages Bennu Ventures Management, LLC, who through its sponsored entities is a leading co-investor in several very successful young companies.  Prior to founding Bennu and the Ascend entities, Darryl was  an investment banker with both Peter J. Solomon Company (PJSC) and Goldman, Sachs & Co.  Darryl currently serves as the Executive Chairman of Community Scripts, LLC; and is a manager/director of Citizens Rx, LLC; NIFE Holdings, LLC; PlayNetwork, Inc.; and Dimension U, Inc.  In addition, Darryl is the treasurer of Do Something, a national youth service not-for-profit organization.  Darryl received an MBA from Stanford Business School where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated with the highest distinction in general scholarship (summa cum laude equivalent).

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Kylie A. D. Sachs
Partner
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Kylie joined Ascend in 2003 and has served in senior financial roles with a wide variety of the Firm’s partner companies.  Kylie is currently the CFO of Community Scripts, LLC, a pharmacy benefits manager.  Previously, she served as CFO of Frontier Payments, LLC and TaxiPass, LLC, leading payments companies serving the ground transportation industry and was instrumental in the launch of Ruby Rockets, LLC, a revolutionary healthy food company.  In addition, Kylie has worked with numerous companies on growth strategies and implementation, including leading investments in and serving on the boards of Tutor.com (sold to NASDAQ: IACI) and Wimba, Inc, (sold to Blackboard Inc.), two leading education innovators; Printroom, Inc. (sold to Brand Affinity Technologies, Inc.); and Boxxet, Inc. (sold to Vocus, Inc.  Prior to her roles with Ascend, Kylie served in several operating and managerial roles at PRIMEDIA Inc. and as a Director of Corporate and Business Development at 360HipHop, founded by Russell Simmons.  Kylie also was an investment banker, having worked for Goldman, Sachs & Co., Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette and Peter J. Solomon Company.

Kylie earned a B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. 

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Susan Levy, JD
Partner
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Susan is a partner of Ascend Partners, LLC (“Ascend”) and the Managing Partner of HRO360, LLC, a full service human resources outsourcing firm, and a division of Ascend.  Prior to HRO360 and Ascend, Susan held several global positions spanning the gamut of human resource responsibilities including full cycle talent management, talent acquisition, and compensation management, across industries and in such well-regarded Fortune 500 companies as Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE: SEE), BF Goodrich (NYSE: GR), Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), FMC (NYSE: FMC), Progressive Insurance (NYSE: PGR), New Century Financial Corporation (NYSE: NEW) and Fremont Investment & Loan (NYSE: FMNTQ). Susan holds numerous professional certifications including in Evidence-based Executive Coaching (Fielding University), Benchmarks Assessments (CCL), Lominger Voices, Choices and Career Architect, Civil Treatment Course Series (ELI), Targeted Selection (DDI), Appreciative Inquiry (Case Western University), Benefits Administration (WorldatWork); and, has completed training in  Compensation and Sales Compensation (WorldatWork). Susan received a Juris Doctorate degree from Temple University School of Law, a Master of Science degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism and an undergraduate degree from Spelman College.

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Felicia Allen
Senior Adviser
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Felicia Allen previously served as Partner and Chief Operating Officer at Ascend Venture Group, LLC a private equity firm based in New York City.  Prior to joining Ascend in 2000, Felicia held positions in the financial services industry in NYC in Human Resources and Employee Relations.  Felicia currently has a consulting practice advising clients on business development, growth strategy, operations and management.

Throughout her academic and professional history, Felicia has been involved in various social and cultural organizations.  She has served on the Board of Velocity Indiana, a business accelerator; and she was an active volunteer at The Partnership for the Homeless and at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House in Manhattan.

Felicia is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and gained admission to the New York State Bar Association.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.