Founding Partner, Willow Growth Partners
Deborah Benton is the founding Partner of Willow Growth Partners, which provides early growth capital to entrepreneurs building the next generation of transformative consumer brands and the disruptive technologies that power them. A seasoned consumer retail executive with a specific passion for industries focused on women, she brings many years of operational management experience at the highest level to the firm.
Most recently, Deborah served as President and Chief Operating Officer for NastyGal, online women’s fashion retailer for the millennial set. Prior to NastyGal, Deborah was Chief Operating Officer of ShoeDazzle, an online women’s shoe and accessories company.
Deborah is an active supporter of women’s entrepreneurship in Southern California and currently serves as a Board Director for The Bouqs, Carbon38 and Vow to be Chic. She is also a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. Deborah earned her B.A. and M.B.A. from Queen’s University (Canada).