LAURA WALKER LEE
FULL PRESS BIOGRAPHY
Laura is a globally-minded thought leader who has successfully worked at the intersection of entertainment and finance for over ten years.
In 2020, she launched MADRE VENTURES which sources investment capital and provides strategic support to early-stage and mid-cap enterprises that are solving significant social, environmental and technological challenges – profitably. The fund’s central thesis is, “What would it look like to help one billion people?” and it seeks to support that thesis through the verticals of green energy, mindful technology and social justice.
In addition to MADRE VENTURES, Laura is the co-founder and CEO of AG Capital, a fund that focuses on the advancement of culture by way of world-class creators, impactful storytelling and unique live events. Founded in 2015 AG Capital has financed and produced projects for Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Ava DuVernay, Rob Siegel, and Beau Willimon amongst others.
Prior to all of this, Laura was a film finance agent at Creative Artists Agency. From 2007-2014, which was a pivotal time for a burgeoning class of independent financiers, she had the privilege of representing and structuring deals for a bastion of funds; among them were companies like Annapurna, 2929 Entertainment, Silver Reel Entertainment and FilmNation.
During her time at CAA, Laura had the privilege of negotiating on behalf of top tier talent such as Meryl Streep, Matthew McConaughey, Joel Edgerton, Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman, Viola Davis, Julia Roberts, Julianne Moore, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Sean Combs, Justin Timberlake and many others. She was able to help these talent clients by functioning as their conduit to reliable financing sources in the independent world.
When Laura joined the Film Finance Group at CAA in 2007, the group was managing less than $10M of financing transactions a year. She took to structuring the everyday function of the group, managed & evaluated all of the P&L sheets for the department’s growth, and was integral to strategically focusing Motion Picture agents on a better way of doing business outside the traditional studio system. By the time Laura exited for AG Capital in 2014, the Film Finance Group was managing more than $1B in transactions a year.
Among those transactions, Laura was involved in the packaging, financing and/or distribution deals for films such as DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, AMERICAN HUSTLE, STILL ALICE, THE MASTER, SPRING BREAKERS, UNDER THE SKIN, ZERO DARK THIRTY.
Today, Walker is a strong advocate for building community and trust within the entertainment and finance industries. To that end, she has funded or sourced financing for companies like Allbright and Array Now. She also dedicates time to non-profits such as Defy Ventures.
Before her time at the agency, Laura worked in Austin as an Assistant Director to filmmakers Asif Kapadia, Richard Linklater, Peter Berg and Robert Rodriguez.
Originally from Texas, Laura currently resides in Los Angeles California with her husband, Jordan Wayne Lee.