JT Vaughn

Venture Investment Manager


JT Vaughn is a venture investment manager with Cherokee and director of the Cherokee Challenge. The Cherokee Challenge is a competition and accelerator designed to launch high impact environmental startups. Through the Challenge, Cherokee invests seed stage capital in a portfolio of environmental startups. Mr. Vaughn also works to develop brownfield real estate and other venture investment opportunities for Cherokee.

Mr. Vaughn is on the Board of Directors of ABAN, the Advisory Board of the HUB Raleigh and is an Ambassador for the Center for Entrepreneurial Development (CED). Previously he worked with Selam Awassa Business Group, the Center for Creative Leadership and Cherokee Gives Back, all in Ethiopia. Mr. Vaughn received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, with a minor in Entrepreneurship, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.