Gregory M. Avis

Board Chair

Gregory M. Avis

Greg is a NOLS graduate, a former member of the NOLS Advisory Council, and served on the NOLS Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2008 and again from 2014 to the present. In 2020, Greg was elected to serve as Board Chair.

Greg is managing partner of Bangtail Partners, a private investment firm. He is a cofounder and former managing director of Summit Partners, a leading private equity and venture capital firm, which has raised over $20 billion in capital since its inception.

Greg has served on the boards of more than 45 public and private companies. His non-profit work has included service on the boards of Williams College (chair), Cleveland Clinic, ITHAKA, the James Irvine Foundation (chair), MASS MoCA, the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), New Profit, Accion Opportunity Fund/Opportunity Fund (chair), the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Schwab Charitable Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation (chair (2007) and interim president (2018)), and Sobrato Philanthropies/ Sobrato Family Foundation.

Through Bangtail Partners, Greg has recently spearheaded a number of projects in Montana and environs, including the rejuvenation of three hotels and a theater, the development of a workforce housing project, and supporting contemporary art through Tinworks Art.

Greg has also taught mathematics at Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto for 20 years. He has established an annual scholarship program at Eastside for students to participate in NOLS courses. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in political economy from Williams College and a master’s degree in Business Administration, with distinction, from Harvard Business School.

A graduate of a 1998 25-day NOLS Outdoor Educator course in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, Greg has been involved in fundraising for NOLS and has served as chair of both the Governance and Presidential Search Committees.

Greg and his wife, Anne, a NOLS graduate, have three children who are also all NOLS grads: Emily is a physician in New York; Charlie works for a software company in Bozeman, Montana, and Freddy is a composer in Los Angeles.