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Merline Saintil

Merline Saintil

Co-founder, Black Women on Boards; Lead Director of Rocket Lab, A Space Exploration Company
Merline Saintil is the Lead Director of Rocket Lab, a space exploration leader. Her role at this public company is a distinction held by only a handful of Black women in the world. From her humble beginnings in Haiti, she would stumble upon computer science in college and later discover a passion for both product and technology. She earned a Carnegie Mellon master's degree and ultimately became a Silicon Valley COO. "The trajectory of my career and lift in one generation is improbable," she says, "but it's not impossible." She authors a monthly newsletter, Lifting As We Climb, in which she interviews leading minds and has meaningful conversations with her friends and colleagues (VCs, CEOs, board members, founders, CXOs, and more) focused on a centralized theme around leadership principles. Merline is a long-time angel investor, helping fuel the early success of more than 40 innovative startups and is now expanding further by starting a $50 million fund. She enjoys advising CEOs and founders and in 2022 Fortune celebrated the scope of her influence by naming her one of the Most Powerful Women in business.

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