Trista Van Tine serves as the Co-founder and Executive Director of Michigan Founders Fund, a nonprofit network that develops unique programming to help company builders succeed with their ventures while connecting them with community needs and providing them with a simple mechanism to ensure a portion of their success contributes to the continued growth and prosperity of Michigan.
In 2020, Van Tine created and launched the state’s first Social Impact Startup Pitch Competition, only Founders Retreat for early-stage companies, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Internship Program to pair underrepresented college students with Michigan-based tech companies and VCs. She is a 2022 Crain’s Detroit 40 Under 40 awardee and was recognized by Corp! Magazine as one of the state’s Diversity Business Leaders in 2021.
Van Tine earned two master’s degrees in global media and communications at the London School of Economics and University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in communications and political science at the University of Michigan.