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Mel Strong

Mel has spent her whole life in the sports industry, first as online editor at Runner’s World magazine. She then worked at Nike for 17 years, leading international marketing teams across running, women’s, soccer/football and training. She worked on all of Nike’s digital sports and tracking products, and was most recently vice president and general manager for their skateboarding business.

Today, Mel is managing partner at Next Ventures, a VC fund investing in innovative health, sports and wellness companies. She sits on the board of performance brand PowerDot, is a board member of Women in Sports Tech, and is an advisor for photography app VSCO. Mel and her husband also run a mountain bike tour guiding company in Hood River, Oregon.