Lauren "Lorny" Pfeifer

Lorny is a Venture Capital investor, researcher, and data scientist based in San Francisco.  Lorny is a Venture Capital investor at Maschmeyer Group Ventures(MGV), a single-family office, focusing on early-stage venture capital funds andstartups. Prior to MGV, Lauren was an Associate for 500 Startups in their SeriesA program helping companies with growth and distribution. Before venture,Lauren worked in corporate data analytics and startup operations in LosAngeles.

Lorny is an advocate for promoting inclusion within tech, venture capital, and limited partner institutions. As a member of the World Economic Forum’s GlobalShapers hub in San Francisco, she is currently leading two projects on enhancing gender parity within the next generation of limited partner institutions as well ascreating an inclusive future in the field of artificial intelligence.

She is enthusiastic about the future of intelligent systems and humans and builds robots in her free time. Lauren is the creator of “Machines + Intelligence” a blog covering AI and robotics research from around the globe and is also currently a returning student studying electrical engineering and computer science (part time). Last year she was a Deep Learning Diversity Fellow for USF's Data Institute in Spring 2018 and continues to be an active organizer for Latinx in AI. Lorny is passionate about using AI for good and spends most of her research concentration at the insersection of computer vision and health. She's built solutions such as an anxiety attack chatbot, using satellite imagery to identify water bodies to reduce the spread of malaria. She presented her most recent work, a classification model to detect tick-borne skin lesions, at the Latinx in AI workshop at NeurIPS 2020.

As an alumna of both, Lauren actively recruits students for NASA’s CommunityCollege Aerospace Scholars program and the Fulbright Research program. In her free time she enjoys painting with robotics, falconing, playing blues music, and dancing ballet.