Yinka Faleti (TAMS), St. Louis, Missouri, has joined Ascend Venture Capital to work toward funding start-ups by founders from marginalized communities. Yinka earned a degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He was a captain in the U.S. Army and led deployments in Kuwait. A graduate of the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, he served as prosecutor at the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office and litigation attorney at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner law firm. He also has served in several roles at various non-profits in the St. Louis area — including executive director of Forward Through Ferguson and senior vice president of United Way of Greater St. Louis.