Kathy Gerlach

Chief Operating Officer

Harvard, UCLA, McKinsey, AirBNB

Kathy brings a passion for operations, 10 years of experience growing teams and companies, as well as an academic research background to Arena.

Most recently, Kathy founded Ovally as CEO, which helped fertility patients from all over the world access more affordable, high-quality care.

Previously, she was in a global operations role at Airbnb, leading the development and rapid scaling of Airbnb Concerts. She spent four years prior driving growth for technology and e-commerce companies as an Engagement Manager at Mckinsey & Co.

Kathy holds an A.B. from Harvard College, an M.A. from UCLA, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Cognitive Neuroscience. Her interest in AI stems from teaching statistics and focusing on goal-directed simulations in her doctoral research.

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