ACFC Closes Series A and Welcomes New Investors, Including Christina Aguilera, Jay Shetty, Gabrielle Union, Shawn Johnson East, and Rachel Zoe02.16.22
Today, Angel City Football Club (ACFC) announced the club raised its Series A financing with participation from Seven Seven Six, the investment firm founded by Lead Founding Investor Alexis Ohanian, several existing owners, Initialized Capital, and a diverse group of new investors. The latest investor round includes actor, producer and advocate Gabrielle Union and her daughter, 3-year-old influencer Kaavia James Union Wade, singer-songwriter Christina Aguilera and her fiancé, investor and executive at MasterClass Matthew Rutler, #1 New York Times bestselling author, purpose coach, Chief Purpose Officer of Calm, podcaster, and former monk Jay Shetty, Olympic Gold Medalist and gymnast Shawn Johnson East and husband, former NFL star Andrew East.
In addition, new investors Rachel Zoe and husband Rodger Berman are investing via venture capital firm Rachel Zoe Ventures. Zoe’s company CURATEUR is also an ACFC sponsor. Marisa Sharkey and Bianca Gates, whose company Birdies is ACFC’s official jersey sleeve partner, founder of women’s ready-to-wear fashion brand A.L.C. Andrea Lieberman, and other notable owners include Blythe Haaga, Paul and Catalina Haaga and family and social entrepreneur Betsy Williams.
"We are honored to welcome these investors to Angel City FC,” said Julie Uhrman, ACFC Founder and President. “They are an incredibly diverse group of individuals whose life and work align with the mission of our club. Each of our new investors are committed to supporting our purpose to set higher expectations on and off the pitch through the impact we are making in the community and on the women’s game. This group joins our incredibly active and passionate roster of founding investors, and we couldn't be more excited that they are part of the Angel City family.”
The group is also joined by former XFL LA Wildcats President Heather Brooks Karatz and husband real estate executive Theodore Karatz, sports executive Ben Gumpert, and President of Business Operations of the Los Angeles Dodgers Andrew Friedman; venture capitalists Michael Sidgmore, Jess Lee, Lydia Jett,Aaron Wong, Daniel Karubian, Megan Hyatt and Spark Capital General Partner Nabeel Hyatt, and venture firm Carta Ventures; impact investor Jaclyn Forough; entertainment executives Natalie Bruss, Anna DerParseghian, Jesse Sisgold, Kristina Brittenham, and Brent Weinstein; CEO and Founder of Hawke Media Erik Huberman; investors Renee Noto, Brian Weissert, Mina Faltas, and Brett Winton; entrepreneurs Josh Spear, Carol Koh Evans, Linda Xie, Andy Kleinman, Sriram Krishnan, and Brendan Brazier; business executives Bridgit Lombard, Darren Hite, Ime Archibong, and Brenda Shanks; and finance attorney Marisa Stavenas.