Adjunct Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship
In January 2018, Rapp was named the CEO of Surgical Solutions by private equity firm Sterling Partners. Within six months, she was named one of Crains Chicago’s “Notable Women in Health Care” (June 2018).
Starting in 2014, Rapp also joined the ranks as a lecturer-in-management at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business teaching a course on the Global Dynamics of the Wine Industry.
From 2005 to 2015, Rapp served as the founder and CEO of Bottlenotes, Inc., the leading interactive media company in the U.S. wine, craft beer, and artisanal spirit industries.
Starting in 2015, Rapp has also served as the Managing Partner at AJR Ventures, a strategic advisory firm for Fortune 500, $500MM+ privately-held companies, and private equity firms on their new business unit/new market development, digital, and e-commerce strategies.
Rapp was named in Inc. Magazine's “30 Under 30” coolest entrepreneurs in America" (September 2008) and one of the wine industry’s top 25 of 100 most influential people by Intowine.com, from 2012 to present. Bottlenotes also received the “Best Advertising and Marketing Company” and the “People’s Choice Award” at the Empact 100 in September 2013 at the United Nations, honoring the top 100 companies with founders under 35.
Rapp earned a BA in Political Science and the History of Art from Yale University in 2000 and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 2005. At Yale, she earned the Frank M. Patterson prize for the best essay on the American political system for her senior thesis on public housing reform in Chicago.
Rapp serves on the national Board of Trustees for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the country’s preeminent contemporary dance company; and for Spark Program, an organization that provides transformative apprenticeships for middle school students in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia. She is honored to have been appointed by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to serve on the board of the Illinois Housing Development Authority.
When not immersed in business and civic life, Rapp loves to run track, do yoga, ski fast, and try as hard as possible to decipher a slider from a curve ball from her husband, 1990 MLB World Series champion and current partner at X10 Capital, Hal Morris. Alyssa and Hal are the proud parents of Audrey Margaret Morris (age 6) and Henriette Daniella Morris (age 4).