Tomicah Tillemann steps down from role at Haun Ventures as firm expands advisory network

Quick Take

  • Haun Ventures, led by Katie Haun, is expanding its team of policy-focused advisors as its chief policy officer steps down.
  • Tomicah Tilleman, formerly of a16z, plans to join a non-profit next year and will stay on as an advisor. 

Haun Ventures, the digital asset investment firm helmed by former U.S. federal prosecutor Katie Haun, is broadening its team of policy-focused advisors aimed at founders as its chief policy officer steps down from the position, as confirmed by the company to The Block.

Tomicah Tillemann, who previously worked as the global head of policy at a16z, is transitioning away from his full-time role and is set to join a non-profit organization next year. Tillemann is best known for his work in Washington, having worked for the White House and across U.S. Senate and Congressional campaigns, according to his biography. He joined the State Department in 2009 as then served as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's speech writer. 

Despite this change, he will maintain ties with Haun Ventures as an advisor, continuing to work with the firm's portfolio of companies through its Founder Advisory Network. For instance, Tillemann plans to conduct a founder day in D.C. early next year.

The firm disclosed three new members of this network to its portfolio founders. Joe Yum, formerly an FBI Special Agent, is joining the advisory network, boasting extensive experience leading investigations encompassing transnational organized crime, financial crime and national security threats. Ken Bagchi, another former special agent with the FBI, is joining the group after a two-decade career. 

James Burnham, leveraging his background in supervising litigations of national importance for the government, recently advocated for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in support of Coinbase’s lawsuit against the SEC, is also joining the group.

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