Smartsheet Board of Directors
Geoffrey Barker, Chair
Geoffrey Barker is an entrepreneur and investor who, in addition to his role as a director of Smartsheet, currently serves on the boards of ZipWhip, SpecialX, Light & Motion, Vimly Inc. and Tell Friends, Inc. Previously, he was the COO and co-founder of RPX Corporation, a leading provider of patent risk management solutions. In addition to RPX (Nasdaq: RPXC), he co-founded both The Cobalt Group, which was acquired by ADP for $400 million, as well as Vigilos Inc.
He began his career in the financial services industry as a trader and investment banker at Kidder Peabody, Piper Jaffray and Salomon Brothers. In 2015 he served as an executive fellow at the Yale School of Management. He holds a BA in Economics from Tufts University and an MBA from Columbia University.
Brent Frei, Director
Before co-founding Smartsheet, Brent was the CEO and co-founder of Onyx Software Corporation, a Bellevue-based customer relationship management (CRM) software company that consistently ranked top five amongst CRM vendors worldwide. In his ten years as Onyx CEO, Brent oversaw the generation of $600 million in direct revenue.
In 2001, Brent was recognized by the Smithsonian Institute as a "Pioneer in Technology" and was awarded Dartmouth College's Thayer School of Engineering Fletcher Award for lifetime achievement. Brent has also held roles at Intellectual Ventures, Microsoft, and Motorola. An active sportsman and father to five children, you’ll rarely find Brent sitting down. He even uses a stand-up desk.
Elena Gomez, Director
Elena Gomez is the chief financial officer of Zendesk. Prior to joining Zendesk in May 2016, Elena led the finance and strategy team for Salesforce’s go-to-market organizations. During her six years at Salesforce, she helped build a world-class finance operation to help support the company’s hyper growth as it moved up-market.
Elena has built a track record of strategic financial leadership and accomplishment throughout her two-decade career in finance at Fortune 500 companies including Visa and Charles Schwab. She also serves on the national board for Spark, a nonprofit dedicated to changing the lives of at-risk middle schoolers through one-on-one mentorship. Elena holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley’s Walter Haas School of Business.
Mark Mader, Director
As president and chief executive officer of Smartsheet (NYSE: SMAR), Mark leads a company committed to transforming the way organizations plan, track, manage, automate, and report on work at scale.
With over 20 years executive leadership experience driving innovation for high-growth Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies, Mark is a recognized leader in the technology community. He has been named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in Technology for the Pacific Northwest, and GeekWire’s CEO of the Year. Under his leadership, Smartsheet was named Washington’s Best Workplace by the Puget Sound Business Journal, and Seattle’s Next Tech Titan by GeekWire.
Passionate about entrepreneurship and tech innovation, Mark is a contributor to media outlets like Forbes, CNBC, and Entrepreneur, and has been a featured speaker at a range of events, including the NYSE Tech Leadership Summit, SaaStr, and YPO Innovation Week. He also serves as a board member of the University of Washington Information School, one of the world’s top information science programs.
A dual-citizen of Germany and the United States, he has spent considerable time working and living abroad and applies that global perspective to the products and services that Smartsheet delivers. Mark graduated with a B.A. in Geography from Dartmouth College.
Matt McIlwain, Director
Matt McIlwain is a managing director at Madrona Venture Group where he focuses on a broad range of software and data-driven companies. In addition to Smartsheet, he currently serves on several boards including ExtraHop, Skytap, Qumulo, Igneous, and Amperity. He was on the boards of Isilon Systems (ISLN acquired by EMC), iConclude (acquired by Opsware/HPE), Farecast (acquired by Microsoft), Turi/Dato (acquired by Apple), Tier3 (acquired by CenturyLink), World Wide Packets (acquired by Ciena), Placed (acquired by Snap), and Apptio (acquired by Vista Equity Partners). He also is chairman of the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center Board of Trustees and on the board of the Washington Policy Center.
Before joining Madrona in 2000, Matt was vice president of business process for the Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC). He was previously at McKinsey & Company, concentrating on strategy and marketing in the technology and financial service industries, and worked in investment banking at CSFB. Matt is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
Jim White, Director
Jim White is a managing director at Sutter Hill Ventures with a focus on both enterprise and consumer markets. In addition to Smartsheet, he currently serves on the Boards of Eversight, Markov Corporation and, Vlocity.com. Jim’s past investments include Bix.com (acquired by Yahoo), Data Domain (IPO DDUP then acquired by EMC), Farecast (acquired by Microsoft), Glassdoor (acquired by Recruit Holdings), Infinera (IPO INFN), Inquira (acquired by Oracle), and Shutterfly (IPO SFLY).
Jim was formerly the VP of marketing at Macromedia and general manager of the Interactive Learning Division which was sold to IBM Software Group. Prior to Macromedia, Jim was a VP of marketing for Silicon Graphics (SGI). Jim began his career with Hewlett-Packard in the PC division. Jim holds a BS in industrial engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from Harvard University.
Magdalena Yesil, Director
Magdalena Yesil is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor. She currently serves on several boards in addition to Smartsheet, including Zuora (NYSE: ZUO), SoFi, and Informed. She has been an early investor in over 30 companies and was the founding board member and first investor of Salesforce, serving on the board from inception to post IPO. She is also a founder of Broadway Angels. Most recently, she spent eight years as a general partner at the venture capital firm US Venture Partners (USVP), making investments in a broad spectrum of technology startups.
Prior to her investing career, Magdalena was a serial entrepreneur with three successful exits. UUNet, an enterprise level Internet access company (IPO), CyberCash, a pioneer in the secure electronic payment systems (IPO), and MarketPay, an embedded payments software company. Based on these successes, she was chosen as Entrepreneur of the Year by Red Herring Magazine. Magdalena holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Industrial Engineering and Management Science/Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, all from Stanford University.
Mike Gregoire, Director
Mike Gregoire is a founding partner at Brighton Park Capital, an investment firm he founded in January 2019. Prior to that, Mike served as CEO of CA technologies, where he accelerated the company’s software leadership with innovative offerings, a renewed brand, and a strengthened market presence. Before that, Mike was Chairman and CEO of Taleo Corporation, Executive Vice President at PeopleSoft, and Executive Director at Electronic Data Systems EDS.
With a career spanning more than 25 years in software and technology, Mike is widely recognized as a strategic thinker in the industry. He has been the chair of the World Economic Forum’s IT Governors Steering Committee, and a member of the Business Roundtable’s Information and Technology Committee. Mike currently serves on the Executive Council of TechNet, an organization of CEOs that represents the technology industry in policy issues critical to American innovation and economic competitiveness. He also serves on the Board of the Women’s Sports Foundation, which is dedicated to creating leaders by ensuring all girls access to sports.
Mike earned a B.S. in Physics and Computing from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada, and an M.B.A. from California Coast University.