Beth Johnson

Founder and Program Director

Beth connects portfolio companies with aligned investors, philanthropic funders, and non-profit organizations to help ventures leverage their human and financial resources. She provides intelligence and analysis on social and environmental impact opportunities and guides pipeline development to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the greater Charlottesville area.

Beth founded Blue Morning in 2017 after working at blue moon fund, a private sunsetting foundation that focused on biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies across the geographies of Asia, Tropical Americas, and North America. During her time, she worked closely with program and investment staff to help blue moon build a fully mission-aligned investment strategy and supported the development of spin-off organizations. Beth graduated with a BA in Art History from Hollins University. She volunteers with New City Arts Initiative and Community Investment Collaborative in addition to serving as a mentor at the iLab at University of Virginia.


Rebecca Haydock

Senior Business Advisor

Rebecca leads the overall strategy of Blue Morning and assists with the assessment of companies, assignment of resources, and preparation of portfolio companies for presentation to funders and key asset providers. Additionally, she advises on the building of strategic alliances or licensing structure and execution.

Rebecca has mentored companies in and around Charlottesville for several years and has served as the Screening Committee Chair for Charlottesville Angel Network. Prior to her work as an angel investor, she assisted companies in business development, financial planning and investment from early stage planning through exit, in positions in economic development and through the SBA and Department of Defense. She has been COO of two early-stage technology companies which included a micro-encapsulation technology that is now in use in hospitals across the country, assisting in the prevention of anesthesia induced hypothermia. Rebecca was trained as a contract management and license professional through CMA, managed a portfolio of 20 companies at Technology Management & Funding in Princeton NJ, and was a multi-time speaker at national technology conferences on the topic of technology commercialization.