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Michaela Balderston

Michaela Balderston

Michaela is a Partner at Tusk Venture Partners and member of the firm’s Investment Committee.

As Partner, Michaela serves in a key management role across a variety of functions at the firm including identifying new investment opportunities across a variety of industries and advising existing portfolio companies on regulatory strategies. As a leading communications and policy expert, Michaela works with Tusk Venture Partners’s portfolio companies to use earned media to reach specific regulatory outcomes and provide portfolio companies with strategies to grow without interference and expand into new markets.

She joined Tusk Venture Partners from Nestlé, where she managed public affairs and crisis communications in the U.S. She previously led strategic communications at The ONE Campaign, Bono’s anti-poverty advocacy organization. Her work at ONE took her around the world, campaigning in Africa, Europe and North America. She began her career at Burson-Marsteller. Outside of work she sits on the Community Board of WNYC, Brooklyn Community Board 6 and is an Innovation Council member at Eleanor’s Legacy, which recruits, trains and funds progressive female candidates across New York State.

Michaela was named as one of the Top Women in PR by PRNews in 2020.

A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Michaela is based in New York City and is a graduate of Colgate University, where she double majored in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies.

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