Our Team


Hollie Haynes

Hollie Moore Haynes is the Managing Partner of Luminate Capital Partners and is based in San Francisco, CA.  Prior to founding Luminate, Hollie focused on software private equity investing at Silver Lake.  Earlier in her career she worked in private equity at Hellman & Friedman and in investment banking at Morgan Stanley & Co. She graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. in Economics and received an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.  

Hollie serves on the boards of Blackline, Oversight Systems, Fintech, and other private companies.    

Email: hollie@luminatecapital.com


Katherine Dowling

Katherine Dowling is a Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Luminate Capital Partners and is based in San Francisco, CA. Prior to joining Luminate, Katherine was Director and Head of Legal and Investor Relations at Thoma Bravo. Previously, she was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of California for over ten years. Before the U.S. Attorney’s Office she worked at Esprit de Corp. where she assisted in the sale of the company. Prior to Esprit, Katherine was an investment banker at Thomas Weisel Partners, Nationsbanc Montgomery Securities, and Credit Suisse First Boston. Katherine received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, and her B.A. from the University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar with a focus in Economics.

Email: katherine@luminatecapital.com



Sanjay Palakshappa

Sanjay Palakshappa is a Principal at Luminate Capital Partners and is based in San Francisco, CA. Prior to joining Luminate, Sanjay was an investment professional at Thoma Bravo. Before Thoma Bravo, Sanjay was an investment banker at Harris Williams & Co. Sanjay graduated from Washington and Lee University with a B.A. in Economics.

Sanjay serves on the board of Oversight Systems.

Email: sanjay@luminatecapital.com



Dave Ulrich

Dave Ulrich is a Vice President at Luminate Capital Partners and is based in San Francisco. Prior to joining Luminate, Dave was an investment professional at Mainsail Partners. Prior to Mainsail, Dave was a technology investment banker at RBC Capital Markets. Dave received his M.A. in Finance and his B.A. in Economics from Claremont McKenna College.

Email: dave@luminatecapital.com



John Hough

John Hough is an Associate at Luminate Capital Partners and is based in San Francisco, CA.  Prior to joining Luminate, John worked in investment banking at Robert W. Baird and Sandler O’Neill. John graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.B.A. in Finance.

Email: john@luminatecapital.com


Scott Kingsfield

Scott Kingsfield is an Operating Partner at Luminate Capital Partners and is based in Atlanta, GA.  Prior to Luminate, Scott served as President of the Retail Division at NCR. Before joining NCR he held multiple executive roles at Radiant Systems, which was known as the leading provider of technology solutions to the retail and hospitality industry. Scott began his career as a management consultant  with Arthur Andersen and Price Waterhouse. Scott received his B.S. in Engineering from Georgia State University.

Scott serves on the boards of Fintech, Oversight Systems, and PDI.

Email: scott@luminatecapital.com



Mark Pierce

Mark Pierce is an Operating Partner at Luminate Capital Partners and is based in San Francisco, CA. Prior to Luminate, Mark was CEO of MarketLive, an eCommerce software platform provider.  Mark previously led PRA, an application development and consulting firm focused on the retail sector, and was an EVP at marchFIRST.  Earlier in his career, Mark was a Partner at Prophet Brand Strategy and an executive at Accenture and Procter and Gamble. Mark received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, and an M.B.A. from Saint Mary’s College.

Email: mark@luminatecapital.com