ceo and founder, adeft Capital
Carol Melton is CEO and founder of Adeft Capital, a venture capital firm advising and investing in early-stage companies, as well as other U.S. and international business interests. Carol launched Adeft following many years in top management at two global media and entertainment companies. At Time Warner, Carol was EVP for Global Public Policy, overseeing offices in Washington, London, Brussels, Hong Kong and Buenos Aires, and managing a worldwide portfolio for the company's HBO, Warner Bros. and Turner divisions (and previously during her tenure Time Warner Cable, Time Inc. and AOL). Carol also managed domestic and international government affairs for the then-combined Viacom and CBS, where her responsibilities included Paramount, MTV Networks, Showtime and all CBS interests in television entertainment, news and radio. Carol is a board member of JBG Smith (NYSE: JBGS). She also serves as First Vice President and on the board of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., as well as the boards of Halcyon, Georgetown Heritage and the Phillips Collection. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Carol has been a moderator and speaker at numerous domestic and international conferences related to trade, technology and innovation. Washingtonian Magazine has repeatedly named her among the 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington. She holds a J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law, an M.A. in communications from the University of Florida, and a B.A. from Wake Forest University.