Gisele Garraway, formerly a Senior Vice President at Devonshire Investors, the private equity affiliate of Fidelity Investments, is joining Starfish Initiative as its third President and CEO.
At Fidelity, Gisele identified and evaluated new asset classes and business ventures as well as advised senior management teams of portfolio companies on the creation and implementation of strategic and operating plans. Much of her work focused on the Building Supply & Housing investment platform. Prior to joining Fidelity, Gisele held several positions at Staples Inc including Vice President and General Manager of Canadian Small Business Delivery, and Vice President of Corporate Strategy. One of the first Staples.com leaders, she was responsible for developing profitable growth opportunities; leading the marketing, merchandising and operations for the Canadian online/catalog business; and providing strategic analytics to the heads of Staples’ global ecommerce and retail business units. Prior to her Staples tenure, Gisele was a consultant at Boston-based Bain & Company for several years, where she consulted numerous Fortune 500 companies on strategic, marketing and operational issues.
Outside of commercial pursuits, Gisele has dedicated efforts to various youth-related community causes in Greater Boston. She recently taught operations management at Babson College. Additionally, she worked as an advocate for families with children experiencing homelessness as a board leader of Brookview House in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood. A believer in empowering youth with tools for life, Gisele spent over a decade teaching Sunday school at Myrtle Baptist Church in Newton, MA.
Originally from Petersburg, Virginia, Gisele received an MBA from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA and a Bachelor of Business Administration summa cum laude from Howard University in Washington DC. Gisele is married to Levi Garraway, MD, PhD, Senior Vice President Global Development and Medical Affairs, Oncology at Eli Lilly. Gisele and Levi live in Indianapolis with their two children, Dwight and Darena.