Catherine is a Venture Partner of Startup Capital Ventures. Catherine was a founding general partner of Startup Capital Ventures in 2005. She also had primary oversight for the venture capital firm’s investor relations activities and had a significant role in managing the firm’s China-based portfolio.
Catherine has more than 25 years of operations, legal and management experience, including as current President and Chief Operations Officer of Central Pacific Bank, the fourth largest bank in Hawaiʻi. Prior to founding Startup Capital Ventures, she was the Chief Operating Officer of SVB Alliant, the investment banking affiliate of Silicon Valley Bank. As COO, Ms. Ngo led all business operations for the firm, including IT, Finance, Human Resources, Legal, and Marketing.
Prior to COO of SVB Alliant, she was the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Silicon Valley Bank. In addition to overseeing all legal and regulatory affairs for the bank, Ms. Ngo also was responsible for loan operations and other support divisions of the company. She also was a founding board member of SVB's first two venture capital funds.
Prior to joining SVB, Catherine practiced law in California and Texas.