Pipeline Fellowship Team

Natalia Oberti Noguera

Natalia Oberti Noguera

Founder & CEO

Dubbed “The Coach” by Marie Claire, Natalia (aka Ms. Oberti Noguera) is Founder and CEO of Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing bootcamp for women that’s changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women social entrepreneurs. Natalia holds a BA in Comparative Literature & Economics from Yale. She has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Mashable, Newsweek, Reuters Money, TechCrunch, The New York Times, and Fast Company’s Co.Exist Change Generation series. Natalia was named to the Forbes list “Top 20 Women for Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter,” as well as Latina.com’s “25 Latinas Who Shine in Tech.” Women’s eNews recognized her as one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century for 2012 and Fortune highlighted her as one of the “55 most influential women on Twitter.” You can find Natalia on Twitter (@nakisnakis).

 
 

Ann Murray

Ann Murray

Communications Lead

Ann Murray developed her expertise in online publicity, social media marketing, and influencer outreach at leading agencies such as M80 Marketing (U.S.) and ThinkJam PR (UK/US). She has coordinated campaigns for major film, consumer, and tech brands, such as 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Big Heart Pet Brands, Warner Brothers, CNN, Unilever, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Mass Mutual, and The J.M. Smucker Company. Ann has also worked with Harvard digital media researcher Dana Boyd, and has served as a blogger for Comcast, Condé Nast, Huffington Post, and Gawker. Ann holds a BA in Psychology from UCLA and an MA in Strategic Public Relations from the University of Southern California. Her grad school thesis focused on the scalable business impact of social networking and blogger outreach.

 
 

Ranya Karafilly

Ranya Karafilly

Community, Design, & Tech Lead

Ranya brings a diverse skillset to Pipeline Fellowship, with a foundation in design and communications. In 2011, she founded Small Mammoth Design, a graphic and web design studio, and has developed a loyal client base including Pipeline Fellowship and Berklee Press (the publishing arm of Berklee College of Music). Previously, at Express Publishing, she led her team in the creation of the ELTon Award-winning ‘Blockbuster’ multimedia activity series, then at Spandidos Publications she coordinated the launch of two new medical journals and revamped the company’s workflow. Ranya is from Montreal, Canada, where she obtained a BA in Communication Studies from Concordia University. She currently divides her time between continents, accompanied by her husband and cat. You can find Ranya on Twitter (@RanyaKarafilly).

 
 

Stephanie Littlefield

Stephanie Littlefield

Program Coordinator

At the end of 2014, Zirtual (a woman-led startup!) matched Stephanie with Pipeline Fellowship and she currently serves as Program Coordinator. Previously, Stephanie worked as a tutor focusing on science and math with students ranging from elementary school-age to college-age. She enjoys maintaining her vegetarian/vegan food blog and inspiring healthy eating through her Instagram. Stephanie holds a BA in International Studies with a focus in European studies and a minor in Physics from Humboldt State University. While in college, she played baritone and trombone for the Marching Lumberjacks, held executive positions with Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority, Inc., and was a fierce, passionate player on the womyn’s rugby team. Stephanie resides in the Bay Area with her partner. You can find Stephanie on Twitter (@S_Kleinesfeld).

 
 

Julia Smith

Julia Smith

Special Projects Manager

Julia Smith has been collaborating with Pipeline Fellowship Founder & CEO Natalia Oberti Noguera since 2010, when they teamed up to produce a well-received NYC-based TEDxWomen event that live-streamed the inaugural TEDWomen Conference and created a platform for nine diverse innovators to share their stories. In addition to her work with Pipeline Fellowship, Julia serves as the Community Development Manager for NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network, after having launched her Chicago-based consulting practice. Previously, Julia worked at Idealist.org as a Communications Manager and co-founded 826DC, an education nonprofit. She holds a BA in Theatre and Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. You can find Julia on Twitter (@juliacsmith).