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My Story is Her Story is Our Story

Katie Palacio shared her story at InnVision Shelter Network’s Community Update & Benefit Breakfast on March 13, 2014 in San Jose.

My name is Katie Palacio.

I have three children: my 16-year-old daughter Sophia, 9-year-old Georgia, and my youngest Jacob, is seven. In the past I have been a business owner, and a stay-at-home mother.

In my more recent past I was a client at the Villa, an interim housing program for women and children run by InnVision Shelter Network.

I was raised in an upper middle class family in Willow Glen, Naglee Park, and the Rose Garden. My mother and stepfather were very successful business people who were also active philanthropists.

Each Thanksgiving, after the table had been cleared and the dishes washed, our blended family of 11 (yes…11!) would sit down for a meeting to decide which charities would be the beneficiaries of our family foundation. Each of my brothers and sisters and I were allotted $1,000 to give to the charity of our choice.

I was proud to come from a family that was aware of those who had less than us, and willing to help. However, while I was aware of poverty, I was never really face-to-face with it save for the drive-through donation station at Sacred Heart.

I married well, as my mother would say, and started to recreate the life that I had as a child. We had a house in Los Gatos Hills, our children attended high performing schools, and we vacationed in the Bahamas.

My life looked great on the outside. But as we all know, appearances can be deceiving.

My marriage became increasingly abusive, and it wasn’t long before I was estranged from my family, forced to give up ownership of my half of the equity in our home, and taken off bank accounts so I had no access to money.

The emotional and physical abuse from my husband, combined with the death of my mother after a long bout with cancer, left me with a depression so debilitating that often I could not get out of bed. I was ashamed and embarrassed at what my life had come to. In 2011, after 10 years of marriage, I finally had enough.

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#1 New York Times Best-Selling Author, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis; Principal, Mithril Capital and Partner, Revolution LLC


J.D. Vance is an investor, commentator, and author of the #1 New York Times best seller Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, described by the National Review as a “brilliant book” and by The Economist as “one of the most important” reads of 2016. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment have announced plans to produce a movie based on Vance’s book.

Raised by his working-class grandparents in Middletown, Ohio, Vance graduated from Middletown High School in 2003 and then immediately enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in the Marines, he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

When he finished his four-year enlistment, Vance enrolled at Ohio State University, where he studied political science and philosophy, and helped coordinate the university’s bipartisan voter education drive in 2008. After graduating from college, he studied at Yale Law School, where he worked at Yale’s Veterans Legal Services Clinic, providing free legal counsel to veterans of our nation’s wars in Vietnam and Iraq. Vance earned his law degree in 2013.

After a stint at a large corporate law firm, Vance moved to San Francisco to work in the technology industry. He serves as a principal at the leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm Mithril Capital, cofounded by Peter Thiel and Ajay Royan. As an investor, Vance has taken a special interest in the biotechnology industry and other transformative sectors of the economy.

In early 2017, Vance joined as a partner in AOL founder Steve Case’s venture capital company, Revolution LLC, which concentrates on bolstering entrepreneurship and disruptive, high-growth companies outside of the sphere of Silicon Valley. He also returned home to Ohio to found Our Ohio Renewal, a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the state’s opioid crisis and bringing high-quality employment and educational opportunities to Ohioans.

He regularly discusses politics and public policy, having appeared on ABC, CBS, and FOX News, and currently serving as a contributor on CNN. Vance lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife, newborn son, and two dogs, where he works on his nonprofit and investment activities.