Joel Gragg brings more than 13 years of successful lending and private equity investing experience within the middle market and technology sectors to ORIX USA. As a Director for ORIX Growth Capital’s West Coast investment team, Mr. Gragg is primarily focused on the group’s investment activity in San Francisco and the Silicon Valley region.
Before joining ORIX USA, Mr. Gragg was a Business Line Manager for Bridge Bank’s technology division throughout San Francisco and the Pacific Northwest. While there, he helped build and lead a top-performing banking team focused on providing growth capital and other lending solutions to venture-backed startups and emerging growth technology companies.
Prior to his time at Bridge Bank, Mr. Gragg served as a Senior Relationship Manager for Wells Fargo & Company in the Technology and Venture Banking group, where he held a lead role in driving the engagement of venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and other service providers to support the group’s visibility and market penetration within venture capital and startup communities. Before that, Mr. Gragg was a principal for HCAP Partners, a middle-market private equity firm. Throughout his career, he has been involved in nearly $500 million of debt and equity commitments to more than 75 companies.
Mr. Gragg received a Bachelor of Science in Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis and a Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship from San Diego State University.