DURHAM, N.C. — Intersouth is investing some of the $275 million venture fund it closed on last week to expand its staff.

In an attempt to capitalize on growing opportunities in and around Washington, D.C., Intersouth is adding Hannah Chang as an associate. Chang, a former Cisco executive and a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, will work out of Intersouth’s office in Reston, VA.

Chang’s addition gives Intersouth 11 full-time venture professionals.

“Intersouth has recognized the investment opportunity the greater DC region represents for a long time, and Hannah’s hire is further proof of our commitment to this region’s entrepreneurial potential,” said Don Rainey, who leads Intersouth’s Reston office, in a statement. “Our entire investment team is active in the region, but having another pair of feet on the ground full-time will ensure that we are able to work with our entrepreneurs efficiently and effectively.”

Chang, who recently completed her MBA at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, had worked previously for Cisco where she was involved in the firm’s defense and aerospace manufacturing group. She had been employed by Andiamo Systems, which was acquired by Cisco in 2003. Andiamo focused on data storage.

After graduating from West Point, Chang served as a Captain in the U.S. Army and was deeply involved in communications. She helped develop the largest tactical voice, video and data network in the Pacific Theater and also served in a forward-deployed platoon that dealt with multi-channel satellite and radio communications.

“Having closed our seventh fund last week at $275 million, we believe this is an ideal time to expand our team,” said Mitch Mumma, an Intersouth partner. “Hannah’s broad industry experience will allow us to continue building upon our position as a leading early-stage investor in the Southeast.”

Chang will look to identify potential investments in information technology companies.

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