Laurel Buckner

Ms. Buckner is a Managing Director of Riverstone.  She is based on the West Coast and splits her time between Menlo Park and New York.


Throughout her career as both an investor and operator, Ms. Buckner’s experience has focused on innovative technologies which are disrupting traditional businesses.  Prior to joining Riverstone, she was a Managing Director at WestRiver Group, and co-head of the firm’s Pacific Northwest Fund investing in technology solutions leveraging large data sets to solve complex business challenges.  Prior to WRG, she was Senior Vice President, Managing Director of ATN Ventures, investing in novel technologies and business models that benefited ATN’s worldwide operating subsidiaries in the renewable energy and communications sectors.  Previously, Ms. Buckner founded and ran GCI’s corporate venture fund where she invested in and was on the Board of the Blue Box Group (sold to IBM); Telesphere, (sold to Vonage); and ZipWhip (sold to Twilio).

Ms. Buckner began her career at the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine in Seattle, Washington and has extensive experience in corporate law, tax and mergers and acquisitions.  She is a Governance Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors and currently serves on the Board of TeraGo in Toronto, Canada (TSX:TGO), where she is Chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. 

Ms. Buckner holds a bachelor’s degree from the Colorado College with Distinction, a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver, and an LL.M in Taxation from the University of Washington.