our team

Experienced operators focused on growth strategies.


Melialani james

Meli James is a founding partner of Mana Up. James is also currently the president of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association (HVCA). Previously, James has been the head of new ventures at Sultan Ventures, as well as program director of XLR8UH. Born and raised in Honolulu, Meli lived in Silicon Valley for over ten years; there, she co-founded and contributed to numerous startups, including Nirvino—a number-one-ranked wine app, an Apple Platform Top 100 app, and a Top Ten Lifestyles app (during its time). James is a graduate of Punahou School and Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.

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brittany heyd

Brittany Heyd is a founding partner of Mana Up. She is also General Counsel at Union, a software company based in Washington, DC. Before Mana Up, Brittany was cofounder and Managing Director at 1776 and worked on economic policy at the Obama White House. Heyd holds a Juris Doctor / Masters of Public Policy from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of San Diego.


Mia Harrie

Mia Harrie is a project manager at Mana Up. Born in China and raised in Oregon, Harrie graduated in May 2017 with a BBA in International Business and Finance from the University of Hawaii. While in college, she served two years as the President of the Hawaii Student Entrepreneurs Club (HSE) at UH, a club dedicated to helping students learn how to start and grow their own businesses. She is also on the founding team of a new startup called FLTR Glasses.