Basil Chidi Funk
Basil Chidi Funk is a Florida-based investor who specializes in fintech and health care, and supports female-founded enterprises. He is also an advisor to several startups in the Bay Area, Oregon, New York and Lagos. Most recently, he was the acting chief operating officer at LendStreet Financial, a lending fintech company that specializes in helping customers get out of financial crisis. Prior to this role, he was the head of strategic initiatives and people operations there. He was also an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
Mr. Chidi Funk has 13-plus years’ experience across management consulting and financial services, specifically consumer lending. Prior to joining LendStreet, he was head of accounting policy at Lending Club and VP/director of mergers and acquisitions and of special projects at OneMain Financial, the largest consumer lender in the country. He also worked at PwC and Ernst & Young on their transaction advisory teams.
Prior to transplanting to Florida, Mr. Chidi Funk was affiliated with several organizations in San Francisco, including the Battery Club, the Urban Services YMCA of San Francisco (board member), the National Association of Black Accountants Bay Area Chapter, the Trevor Project (ambassadors’ council) and the Charles A. Becker Foundation (board member).
Mr. Chidi Funk has a bachelor’s degree in business economics from the University of Arizona, where he graduated with honors and received an Undergraduate Dean’s Award. He also has a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Virginia. He is currently undertaking graduate studies at Stanford University.
He lives in San Francisco with his husband, Ken, and baby, Oliver Michael.