Speakers

Lauren Cooks Levitan

Chief Financial Officer

Faire
Lauren Cooks Levitan is the Chief Financial Officer at Faire, a curated wholesale marketplace connecting more than 50,000 local retailers with thousands of emerging and established brands. Lauren has more than 20 years of strategic, financial, and operational experience at some of the most transformative brands in the retail industry. Lauren’s operational, financial and strategic experience across the retail industry will help Faire strengthen the marketplace as the company continues to scale.
 
Prior to joining Faire, Lauren was most recently the CFO at Fanatics, where she oversaw accounting, financial planning, strategic analysis, and investor relations to drive ongoing multi-channel growth across all divisions of the company. While at Fanatics, Lauren played an important role in the company’s substantial growth and diversification from 2015 through 2019. She helped the multi-channel licensed sports leader secure multiple financing rounds including equity stakes from the NFL and MLB, and oversaw the integration of six strategic acquisitions. 
 
Throughout her career, Lauren has played a critical role in the evolving retail landscape. Lauren co-founded and served as the Managing Director at Moxie Capital LLC, a private equity firm that specialized in advising consumer-facing businesses in the wholesale, retail, and e-commerce industries. Earlier in her career, she was the first equity analyst to apply retail industry experience to the emerging online retail channel while a Managing Director at Robertson Stephens. She also built the consumer retail franchise of Cowen & Co., where Lauren served as Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst. 
 
A long-time advocate for women-owned businesses and women in leadership, Lauren has served on the Advisory Committee of the Stanford GSB’s Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) and was Co-Chair of the Duke University Northern California Women’s Forum. She has served on the board of directors (Audit Committee member) for e.l.f. Beauty, Inc. (NYSE: ELF) since 2016.
 
Lauren has also spent time in her career at Crate & Barrel, the Gymboree Corporation, and Goldman Sachs. She holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BA in Political Science from Duke University. She will be based in Faire’s San Francisco office.