Founder & CEO, Defy Ventures
Catherine Hoke is the CEO and founder of Defy Ventures, a NYC-based entrepreneurship program and incubator that recognizes that many former drug dealers and gang leaders can become successful, legal entrepreneurs. After graduating from UC Berkeley, Catherine worked in venture capital and private equity. She left the corporate world at age 27 and founded Prison Entrepreneurship Program, Defy’s predecessor. A former California State Wrestling Champion, Catherine still competes in submission grappling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu in her spare time.