Andrina DaCar Headshot with outline

Andrina DaCar

SENIOR CONTROLLER

joined DHC in September of 2020

I’ve been a controller/CFO for about 20 years, primarily in private equity, venture capital, and start-ups.

Both Anthony and Katy recognize and value expertise, so no one is over-managed. Everyone seems to truly enjoy their colleagues’ company, and Dark Horse has absolutely awesome support staff, too!

The degree to which our global presence really is…global. We’ve got people spread out all over the place and it works seamlessly. The degree to which everyone can come together effectively in a virtual way has impressed me greatly.

I started out thinking I was going to be a pharmacy major, but then an opportunity presented itself: working for Tom Steyer in the early days of 

Andrina with sons at the Super Bowl stadium
This is me with my sons on the very last trip of 2020, although of course we didn’t know that it was [the last trip] at the time. We were so excited to have the 49ers at Super Bowl LIV and you can see from our faces that we were so sure they were going to win! Ah, well, we had a great time anyway.

Farallon Capital. It was too fascinating a job to pass up, so I took a break from school. At the time, the (now massive) company had only five of us: Tom, two partners, a trader, and me. I was the accounting manager and you can imagine how much I learned from the four of them. I changed my focus in both work and school because I found myself to be a natural when it came to numbers.

I took a break to raise my four kids, and when my youngest (my only daughter) started college at Stanford, I went back to both school and work. I found myself working with a variety of smaller companies: venture capital firms, private equity, and some start-ups. It turns out I loved getting incubators up and running and turning them into larger companies complete with all the necessary financial infrastructure.

That’s where the opportunity to really affect change and set up procedures is. I love processes and finding the most efficient and effective ways to work with a business’s strengths.

For most people, a degree precedes their career, and is what gets them where they want to be professionally. I already have the necessary experience to get the jobs I want, so for me further schooling was just for my own edification. Right now I’m finishing a Masters of Science in Healthcare from Johns Hopkins. It was the perfect program for me because (even before the pandemic changed everything) I wanted a hybrid learning environment so that I could continue working while staying in school. At Hopkins I do nearly everything online, but there are three times when we all meet up for an in-person session. You become very close to your fellow students during intense limited sessions like that and I’ve loved every minute of it.

Football, definitely (Niners—Dig Deep!), and travel. I’ve been to 30 of the islands in the Caribbean and my next goal, post-pandemic, is European travel. Also, now that my four kids (three boys and a girl) are grown, my new babies are my dogs. We have three:* a German Shepard, an Akita and an Alaskan Malamute. Somehow, all three of these strong breeds get along beautifully. We hadn’t intended to have so many but after a beloved Malamute of mine died suddenly one day when I was at work, I got another to ease my grief and two of my sons then each wanted a puppy of their own. All three of these rascals—about 300 total pounds of dog!—were born within a month of each other and have grown up together so they’re quite the pack.

*ed note: between the time of this interview and the posting of this profile page, Andrina has added one more canine companion, a puppy: the last descendent of her previous Malamute!

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