Meet our team

Team

Frank Fazzinga III

Founder and Partner

Kathryn Cavanaugh

Partner

Frank Fazzinga III

Founder and Partner

Frank has over 15 years of experience in the consumer sector as an operator, executive and investor. He has spent his entire career as an operator and investor in the retail industry with deep understanding of how to build, distribute, invest in and scale profitable brands at retail. Frank has been making early stage investments in emerging digital brands, consumer and retail technology companies since 2009.

Since 2007, Frank has also served as the President of Grace Beauty, a leading distributor of consumer products with sales in more than 25,000 doors at retail in U.S. Food, Drug, Mass and Prestige channels.

Frank holds a B.A. in Government Law from Lafayette College. He is also a member of Young President’s Organization (YPO).

Kathryn Cavanaugh

Partner

Kathryn brings 20 years of venture capital and operating experience. She has been investing in and advising early stage companies for the last twelve years across healthcare, technology, and consumer with roles at leading venture capital and growth equity funds.

From 2005-2010, she worked for De Novo Ventures, a top quartile $650 million healthcare fund, where she sourced, evaluated and executed $200 million of equity investments in early to late stage healthcare companies. She also led West Coast deal sourcing for Sightline Partners, a direct secondary fund focused on early stage healthcare companies. In addition, Kathryn worked for Mainsail Partners, a $384M lower middle market growth equity fund, serving as their VP of Talent and a Board Director for The Bar Method, Inc., a Mainsail portfolio company. She also served as an interim Senior Executive with The Bar Method, Inc. She began her career as a Senior Process Engineer with Merck & Co., Inc., working in the US, Europe and Asia from 1997-2003.

Kathryn holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

“My favorite part about working with Grace Beauty Capital is receiving advice from true operators. They understand the value of growing strategically and developing a brand. Grace Beauty Capital took a chance on our startup when very few institutional investors would, and I'm genuinely grateful for their support over the years.”

SARAH LAFLEUR Founder & CEO, MM.LaFleur

“When Grace Beauty Capital invested, it was like adding a senior operating partner to the Vengo team. The group is generous with their time, guidance and network. They have a lens on the consumer and retail world that most VCs don't see.”

BRIAN SHIMMERLIK Founder & CEO, Vengo Labs

“Grace Beauty Capital brings a unique understanding of how to build brands for tomorrow. We have learned a great deal about how emerging brands engage with consumers while receiving many introductions to new prospective customers. They have been a great partner for Pixlee and we recommend them to any founders in the consumer and retail sector.”

KYLE WONG Founder & CEO, Pixlee

“Grace Beauty Capital has been an extraordinary partner for Supergoop!. They intimately understand the challenges of our business, specifically in today's digital first world. They have leveraged their expansive network to facilitate many key introductions to help us grow and spread our message of the importance of wearing SPF every single day. ”

HOLLY THAGGARD Founder, Supergoop!