Amber Kaplan


Amber Kaplan is a mother, scientist and investor who hails from Alaska and calls Carpinteria her home. She is the operating partner at Goldenrod Ventures. Prior to venture capital investment, she was a biotech executive at multiple LA-area startups. She is an immunologist who has been engaged in research for over 20 years. Her industry experience spans small start-ups, venture capital, and clinical stage biotech.

Kaplan recently completed an Executive MBA at USC. Her scientific training includes a BA in Biology from the College of Creative Studies at UCSB, a PhD from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Immunology, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Microbial Genetics at UCLA.

Amber currently serves on the board of the MOXI Museum in Santa Barbara and on the Library Advisory Commission in Carpinteria. She has been volunteering as a mentor to aspiring and young scientists for many years and participates on the local and national levels on initiatives to further women and minorities in science. She has three kids – two boys and a little girl – and spends her free time chasing them around, cooking, and exploring the beaches and trails of Carpinteria.

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