John May (Director Emeritus)

New Vantage Group

John May is the managing partner of New Vantage Group, a McLean, VA firm that innovatively mobilizes private equity into early-stage companies and provides advisory services to both funds and private investors. May has been at the forefront of the angel investor movement and his experience in private equity capital over the last 20 years ranges from venture capital fund management to angel investing to overseas consulting.

In 1991, he co-founded the Investors’ Circle, a national nonprofit group of 150 family and institutional investors working to grow the social venture capital industry. Additionally, in 1996, he co-founded and became executive director of the Private Investors Network, an angel network sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association, which he led until 2002. In 1999 he co-founded The Dinner Club, an investment group of 60 regional angels who collectively invested in early-stage ventures, followed by the eMedia Club, and in 2000, the Washington Dinner Club.  In 2003, he created Active Angel Investors, a mid-Atlantic fund with 60 active angels that was merged into New Dominion Angels in 2012. He was managing general partner of Calvert Social Venture Partners LP, the Mid-Atlantic Fund of Funds LP, and an advisor to three other early-stage funds.  In 2006 he became director and general partner in Seraphim Capital, a 30 million £ venture fund based in London.

He is chair emeritus of the Angel Capital Association, is a lead instructor for their “Power of Angel Investing” seminar, and is co-chair of the World Business Angels Association.  He is the co-author of two books, Every Business Needs an Angel and State of the Art: An Executive Briefing on Cutting-Edge Practices in American Angel Investing. In the fall of 2002, the Batten Institute at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business appointed May a Batten Fellow.  In 2010 he was awarded the industry award, the Hans Severiens Leadership Award by the Angel Capital Association. He has lectured extensively on venture capital and angel investing and has presented talks and seminars in over 20 countries.

He received a BA from Earlham College and a MPA from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.