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. Greg is a co-founder and former managing director of Summit Partners in Menlo Park, California. In 1984, Greg helped found the firm, one of the nation’s leading private equity and venture capital firms, which has raised over $15 billion in capital since its inception.

Greg holds a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Political Economy from Williams College and a master’s degree in Business Administration, with distinction, from Harvard Business School.

Through his work in venture capital, Greg has served on the boards of more than 40 public and private companies. Greg’s non-profit activities have included service on the boards of Williams College (chair), The James Irvine Foundation (chair), Cleveland Clinic, ITHAKA, New Profit, MASS MoCA, Opportunity Fund (chair), The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Schwab Charitable Foundation, The Sobrato Family Foundation, and The Silicon Valley Community Foundation (chair).

In addition to his other work, Greg teaches sophomore Analytic Geometry and Trigonometry at Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto, California. He worked with the school to fund, design, and construct its performing arts facility.

A graduate of a 1998 25-day NOLS Outdoor Educator course in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, Avis has been involved in fundraising for NOLS, chairing the most recent campaign. He has established an annual scholarship program at Eastside for students to participate in NOLS courses. In 2016, eleven students participated. 

Avis and his wife, Anne, a NOLS graduate, have three children who are also all NOLS grads: Emily is a Resident in pediatrics at Columbia University; Charlie graduated from Princeton in 2014 and works in San Francisco; and Freddy graduated from Stanford in 2016 and works in Los Angeles.