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Andrew T. Gillies is Director of Communications at the Center for Audit Quality, an affiliate of the American Institute of CPAs, in Washington, DC. Based in Washington since 2002, he has also worked in editorial and communications roles at the Investment Company Institute, the World Bank, Forbes, and Vault.com. His policy-themed writing has focused on aerospace and defense, energy and environment, transportation, and financial services.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Beltway Money Woman: Laura Lukaczyk

WASHINGTON, D.C.--In the spring of 2000, Laura Lukaczyk was hard at work putting together a new venture capital fund. By day, she consulted for venture giant New Enterprise Associates; by night, she honed her marketing and fundraising plans.

She launched Avansis Ventures in early summer. But by then, the Nasdaq market was in free fall, and the telecom bubble was about to blow.

"It was, like, four times my worst case scenario," Lukaczyk recalls with a chuckle.

Easy to laugh now. Though relatively small at $10 million under management, Lukaczyk and her firm have a roster of interesting portfolio bets and plans for expansion.

Full story at Forbes.com