Kiersten Zaza Botelho

General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

Kiersten is the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Hercules Capital with effect from January 10, 2022. She is responsible for leading the company’s legal department and providing strategic guidance to the Hercules board members and management team.

From July 2019 to December 2021, Kiersten was a vice president and associate general counsel in the Boston office of Bain Capital Credit, LP. At Bain, she advised the private credit and structured credit groups on transactions, offerings and strategic initiatives, with specific responsibility for Bain’s business development company. Prior to Bain, Kiersten was a vice president in the New York legal department of BlackRock, Inc. from May 2017 to June 2019, where she focused on the firm’s closed-end funds and business development company. Before BlackRock, she was an associate in the investment management group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Boston from September 2013 to March 2017, where she represented public and private investment funds and investment advisers with the structuring and distribution of investment products, and in other regulatory, compliance and governance matters.

Kiersten holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Boston University and a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law. She is a member of the Massachusetts State Bar.