About Us

About Us

Our Global Team

Root Capital’s multinational team combines talent and experience with passion, creativity and dedication. Our team works from our six global offices. From rural back roads to corporate boardrooms, our team is committed to supporting our clients and investors.

Board as of September 30, 2013.
  • Founder and Managing Partner, Scopia Capital

    Jeremy is a cofounder and managing partner of Scopia Capital, a hedge fund management company. Prior to entering the financial world, he worked as a freelance journalist and wrote articles on economic, political and social issues for publications including the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, SF Weekly and the Village Voice. Since 2007, he has been active building the impact investing space and providing seed funding to start-up organizations. Jeremy is also the current owner and general manager of Huguenot Street Farm, an innovator and incubator of sustainable agricultural practices and technology. He holds an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

  • President of Brand Management and Senior Vice President, America Online (AOL) (retired)

    Katherine is the former president of brand management and senior vice president of AOL. She began her technology career with AOL in the late 1980s, and ultimately oversaw the development and design of all online content, including news and information, entertainment services, community, and online transactional products. Although she continues to be involved in the technology sector, in recent years Katherine has also devoted time and resources to nonprofit organizations in the areas of economic rights and development. Recently, she has served on a variety of boards, for organizations such as Women for Women International and the Telluride Academy. She is founder of the Ebb Point Foundation, which supports educational, civil and human rights organizations, and president of the board at the Georgetown Day School, a progressive K-12 independent school in Washington, D.C. She holds a B.A. and a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin.

  • Director, Enterprise Bank and Trust Company

    Ken is a serial entrepreneur with experience owning and operating businesses in the banking, footwear, portable restroom, and furniture sectors. He was a director at New Resource Bank and president of the Ansin Consulting Group through June 2012, when he then joined the Enterprise Bank and Trust Company staff as its Community Bank Director. Since the late 1980s, he has served on boards at The United Way of North Central Massachusetts, Fitchburg State College, Applewild School, and Children's Aid and Family Service and Enterprise Bank and Trust Company.  While on the Board of Directors for Enterprise Bank from July 1994 – July 2012, Ken chaired its Asset and Liability Committee. Since 2004, he has directed his efforts towards the international social sector as well as microcredit. He has worked in dozens of developing countries in Africa and Asia for leading organizations including Oxfam, Grameen Bank, Save the Children, Bandhan, BRAC, and Ashoka. Currently, Ken is an advisor for microfinance and private enterprise to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and serves on the advisory council for BRAC USA. He has been a stakeholder at the University of the Pacific Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship since 2011. He holds an M.P.A from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

  • Former Chief Risk Officer, D.E. Shaw & Company

    Peter recently retired from his post as a managing director and the chief risk officer of D.E. Shaw & Company. Previously, he was president, chief operating officer, and chief financial officer at AlphaSimplex Group, a Cambridge-based investment management firm. From 2000 to 2004, he was the chief financial officer at Risk Metrics Group, a New York-based company which specializes in risk management software and data. In 1994, he co-founded New Bond Trading, Inc., an investment management firm specializing in fixed-income arbitrage, and was president of the company until 2000. Prior to that, Peter held various positions at J.P. Morgan & Co., where he worked for fifteen years. In 1987 and 1988, he advised the Presidential Task Force on Market Mechanisms (the “Brady Commission”) which investigated the causes of the October 1987 stock market crash. He received a B.A. in economics from Bowdoin College.

  • Formerly Senior Director of Philanthropic Initiatives, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

    Hank was recently the Senior Director of Philanthropic Initiatives at the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation (PGAFF) where he built and managed a team for work on oceans and energy. Prior to joining the PGAFF, he was a senior officer with the Pew Charitable Trusts. At Pew, he developed and managed land and marine conservation projects in Australia followed by working in Pew’s Planning and Evaluation Group across the organization.  Previously, he was a partner at Ecos, a sustainability consulting firm where he developed broad corporate sustainability strategies, mediated disputes between environmental groups and corporations, and assisted NGOs in developing conservation strategies. Prior to Ecos, he ran his own company, Innovative Environmental Technologies, Inc. and served as U.S. president of the Forest Stewardship Council, director of the World Wildlife Fund’s Biodiversity Conservation Network, and country director for VITA in Somalia. Hank holds an M.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Arizona and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School.

  • Principal, Potrero Impact Advisors

    Dan serves as an adviser on impact investing and social entrepreneurship at Potrero Impact Advisors. Previously, he was the director of investments at the Skoll Foundation, where he led the Foundation’s work on impact investing and played a key role in creating partnerships to advance the field of social entrepreneurship. Prior to joining the Skoll Foundation, he was manager of the Development Marketplace, the World Bank’s social entrepreneurship and innovation program. In 2000, he cofounded the technology venture capital group at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which invested in technology companies with social impact such as DQ Entertainment (an Indian digital animation company), NewPath (an early Indian semiconductor design company), and TRG (a leading Pakistan-based technology service company). He also served on the boards of IFC investees in Russia, Mexico, and Vietnam. Dan began his career with the London-based consultancy L.E.K. Partnership, advising on mergers and acquisitions in a range of industries. He has served in leadership roles in several community organizations in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Dan holds an M.P.A from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. from Dartmouth College. 

  • Chair of the Board, Fauna & Flora International, Inc.

    Melissa Shackleton Dann has over twenty years experience in international environmental policy and program strategy. For over twelve years, she was in private philanthropy with the Wallace Global Fund, serving as Executive Director for three years. She developed all aspects of the Fund’s environmental portfolio, including early engagement on climate change, commodity certification and reform of international financial and trade institutions. She spearheaded the Fund’s first PRI, raising the profile of using capital markets to drive environmental and social change. Melissa has run her own consulting practice for the past five years and works with clients ranging from foundations to nonprofit organizations. In addition to FFI, she also serves on the board of Winrock International.  Formerly she was on the boards the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity where she served as Chair and RARE.  She is a graduate of Columbia University (Masters in Political Economy), Denison University (French and Political Science) and she attended the Institute d’Etudes Politiques in Paris.  Melissa is a Fellow with the Royal Geographic Society. She lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland with her husband, Tom, and their four (nearly grown) children.

  • Executive Director, Center for International Development, Harvard University

    Marcela is Executive Director of Harvard’s Center for International Development which creates, applies, and integrates knowledge about sustainable solutions for global poverty. Previously, she led the Americas region and served on the Executive Committee of the OTF Group, a strategy consulting firm that advises private and public sector leaders on how to improve export competitiveness. At OTF, she also led strategy projects for private companies in corporate strategy, product positioning and market entry, and was responsible for business development, raising over $11 million from donor agencies and foundations for development projects. Prior to working at OTF, Marcela worked with indigenous communities in Bolivia for the World Bank and was a mergers and acquisitions investment banker at J.P. Morgan in New York. Marcela’s native country is Bolivia. She holds an M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a B.A. in economics from Swarthmore College.

  • Partner, Pershing Square Capital Management

    Ryan is currently a partner at Pershing Square Capital Management, a research intensive, fundamental value based investment firm based in New York City. At Pershing Square, he is responsible for identifying, analyzing, and monitoring current and prospective investment opportunities across a variety of industries. Before joining Pershing Square, Ryan was a financial analyst in the technology, media and telecom division at Goldman Sachs. Ryan attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a B.S. in Economics, with concentrations in Finance and Accounting.

  • Partner, Miralta Capital

    Tom is a partner at Miralta Capital,focused on venture capital investments in emerging technology in Canada. He focuses on building strong management teams and sales growth in young technology companies. Tom and his wife, Gail Kaneb, are actively engaged with emerging NGOs that are applying innovative models to entrenched problems in the developing world. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in chemical engineering from Queens University.

  • Founder and Chairman, The World We Want Foundation

    Paul Leander-Engström is Founder and Chairman of The World We Want (3W), a Stockholm based foundation that works with social entrepreneurs in Haiti, India, Latin America and parts of Africa. He was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1966 and is a graduate of the Stockholm School of Economics and the Law School of Stockholm University.  He also attended the Interpreter Academy within the Swedish Ministry of Defense.
     
    Paul’s business activities have mostly focused on Russia where he helped to set up Brunswick UBS, a leading investment bank, as well as Prosperity Capital Management Limited, one of the world’s largest fund managers of Russian equities.  In 2007, he left Prosperity and together with Jacob Röjdmark started Ture Invest, a private investment company that focuses on public as well as private equity transactions in Nordic countries. In addition to being chairman of 3W and Ture Invest, Paul is a board member of Vostok Nafta Investment, an investment company listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange.  He joined the Root Capital Board of Directors in 2012.
     
    In May 2013, his first novel will be released, The Conductor from St. Petersburg, written together with Camilla Grebe and published by Damm Förlag in Sweden.  Two additional novels in the Moscow Noir trilogy are planned to follow.

  • Director Impact Investing at Pershing Square Foundation

    Liz has an extensive background in philanthropy, technology, analysis and market research. She is currently the Director of Impact Investing at the Pershing Square Foundation. Before joining the foundation, Liz served as Senior Vice President at Citigroup, and prior she co-founded and was Executive Vice President of Fulcrum Analytics (formerly, Cyber Dialogue). Liz began her career with the Gartner Group as director of business planning, where she worked with the CEO and executive team analyzing and implementing acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic partnerships for the company. Liz has a B.A. from Columbia University and a Master of Philosophy from Cambridge University in England.

  • Partner, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP

    Juan is a partner at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, based in its Washington, D.C. His practice focuses on advising clients in criminal and civil government investigations, conducting internal investigations, and defending clients in class actions and other civil lawsuits. Juan devotes a substantial amount of time to pro bono matters, including having advised the Colombian government on matters related to victims of the violence resulting from the long war involving the government, FARC, and paramilitaries. He has appeared on CNN, Fox, CNBC, Univision, and NPR. At the age of 37, The American Lawyer selected him as one of the top 50 litigators in the country under the age of 45. Prior to joining Cleary Gottlieb, he was a partner at Clifford Chance. He also served as law clerk to the Honorable Ricardo M. Urbina of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He is a member of the Bars in the District of Columbia and Florida.Juan holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from the University of Miami. 

  • Advisor, Concessional Finance and Partnerships Department at the World Bank

    A Nigerian national and  lawyer by training, Funke is a member of the New York and Nigeria bar associations as well as the United States Court of International Trade. She practiced as an attorney in Washington DC for several years before joining the World Bank in 1997. She first served as the external affairs officer for the Bank's work in Health and Education, developing strategies to raise awareness of the World Bank’s work in health and education. Ms. Oyewole also served as the program coordinator for the Commodity Risk Management group, and team leader for Corporate Affairs at the Global Environment Facility (GEF), where she managed the GEF’s country relations and led the country dialogue with GEF Member countries and external partners, and special assistant to the vice president for Operations and Country Services (OPCS) in the World Bank. She also served as the deputy program manager for the Climate Investment Fund Administrative Unit from 2011 to 2013. The Climate Investments Fund is a $7 billion fund which provides funding to developing countries to address climate change issues. She is currently an Advisor to the Vice President  in the Concessional Finance and Public Partnerships Department of the World Bank where she advises on policy and strategy issues related to management of World Bank Trust Funds.  

  • SVP Development, TechnoServe Inc.

     

    As TechnoServe’s Senior Vice President of Development, Simon is responsible for leading and managing strategy and strategic planning, knowledge management, thought leadership and program development. He is also responsible for managing and incubating innovative programs, such as access to finance for small- and medium-sized businesses. Previously he was TechnoServe’s regional director for Africa. He joined TechnoServe in 2003.
     

    Before joining TechnoServe, Simon acquired business advisory and strategic skills as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he co-led the firm's international development practice. Prior to that, he learned about practical development solutions while working as an economic planner for the Botswana government and a development consultant in southern Africa. He also worked in finance and banking with Barclays Bank plc in the United Kingdom, Côte d'Ivoire and Australia.

    Simon is a founding Executive Committee member of the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a member of the Advisory Board of NextBillion.net, and Board Member of the East African Leadership Initiative Foundation. He holds a Ph.D. in development economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, a master's degree in development economics from the University of East Anglia and a bachelor's degree in economics from Bristol University. Simon is a native of the U.K.

  • President, Breakthrough Strategies

    Gail is president of Breakthrough Strategies, a company focused on coaching, facilitation, experiential training and seminars she established in 1999. Previously, she and her husband Tom Kaneb owned and operated a family business that doubled in size, largely due to their dynamic change management and leadership style. She has subsequently applied this expertise to companies and organizations throughout North America. Previously, she worked in marketing at IBM and was an independent consultant in computer selection and change management. Gail has also founded several nonprofits and currently chairs the board of Tostan, an NGO that empowers African communities to lead their own development. She holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College. 

  • Managing Director, The World We Want Foundation

    Kirsten serves as managing director of The World We Want Foundation, a Stockholm-based philanthropic organization working to advance social and environmental change in developing countries. Kirsten began her career with Procter and Gamble where she held numerous brand management positions including Nordic Business Team Leader of FemPro. She holds an M.P.A. from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. She also holds an M.B.A. from the University of San Diego and a B.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Principal, Just Works Consulting

    Johnathan is dedicated to making the fair trade coffee and natural and gourmet products industries more just for over 25 years. As an independent consultant, he creates and manages projects that help advance social justice issues in the global fair trade community. He is an advisor to numerous fair trade organizations and is co-founder and former executive director of Equal Exchange, a worker-owned, fair trade coffee company. He holds a B.S. in international studies from Lesley University. 

  • Program Manager, Investing in Inclusive Finance, Center for Financial Inclusion at ACCION International

    Deborah is vice president for investing in inclusive finance at the Center for Financial Inclusion, a division of ACCION International. She also manages the Council of Microfinance Equity Funds (CMEF), a membership organization of private entities that make equity investments in microfinance institutions. She is the co-editor of The Commercialization of Microfinance: Balancing Business and Development and the co-author of Alchemists for the Poor: NGOs as Financial Institutions. Prior to ACCION International, she was a banking specialist in the Financial Policy and Systems Division of the World Bank and a commercial banker in Washington, D.C. She also serves on the advisory board for CARS, the assessment and rating system for U.S. community development financial institutions. She holds an M.B.A. from Babson College and a B.S. in Latin American studies from Georgetown University.

  • Research Associate, Harvard Business School

    Jean is a research associate at the Harvard Business School, focusing on developing commercial models to improve the health and economic well-being of low-income sectors in the developing world. This interest grew from five years helping to strengthen microfinance institutions in Latin America with ACCION International. Since then, she has led two social ventures, as executive director of the Interra Project, and co-founder and president of Work in Progress. She has also served as senior vice president of marketing at XACT, and as a financial analyst at Merrill Lynch. She holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Yale University.

  • Foote, Willy
    Founder & CEO

    Willy is the founder and CEO of Root Capital. He began his career on Wall Street as a financial analyst in Latin American corporate finance. Later, he worked as a business journalist in Mexico, where he discovered the challenges faced by cooperatives and small producers who lacked access to credit and markets. He founded Root Capital in 1999. Since then, Root Capital has grown to over 125 employees, with clients across Latin America and Africa, and $100 million in assets. Willy received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (SASE) in 2005, was named an Ashoka Fellow in 2007 and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2008, became a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) in 2009, was listed as one of Forbes’ “Impact 30” in 2011, and is a Henry Crown Fellow (Class of 2012). He is on the Executive Committee of the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Willy holds an M.S. in development economics from the London School of Economics and a B.A. from Yale University.

    Fundraising, Lending, Emerging Markets, Value Chain Finance, Environmental Conservation, Impact Investing
    English, Spanish, Portuguese
    US
  • Senior Vice President of Finance

    Randy manages Root Capital’s accounting, financial planning and analysis, governance and compliance, and treasury activities. He focuses on “impact first”, aiming to strengthen the development of back-office infrastructure to support our increasingly decentralized operations in Cambridge and field offices across Latin America and Africa. He draws on 18 years of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) experience, including posts at American Express and Fidelity Investments, and has performed in Treasury roles at ADP and American Express. He has also provided leadership support to Community Action Partners of Harvard Business School. Randy holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in industrial administration and engineering from Kettering University.

    Lending, Finance, Accounting, Treasury
    English
    US
  • Brody, Liam
    Senior Vice President of Communications & Marketing

    Liam manages Root Capital’s business development activities and oversees fundraising, brand management, and private sector collaboration. He draws on 15 years of experience working in rural economic development and agricultural value chains in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Prior to joining Root Capital, Liam was a program manager and campaign director for Oxfam America. He also served as director of sustainable coffee for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. Liam holds an M.Ed. in social policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.S. in agricultural and extension education from Cornell University.

    Fundraising, Value Chain Finance, Environmental Conservation, Impact Investing
    English, Spanish
    US
  • Gill, Catherine
    Senior Vice President of Investor Relations & Operations

    Catherine manages debt and philanthropy fundraising efforts at Root Capital. Previously, she served as director for the Capital Partners division of the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) and as site director for the agency’s New England region. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Boston University’s School of Management. Catherine holds an M.B.A from the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa (IESE) in Barcelona and a B.A. in ancient Greek from Wellesley College. 

    Fundraising, Impact Investing, Lending
    English, Spanish, French
    US
  • Milder, Brian
    Senior Vice President of Strategy, Advisory & Innovation

    Brian leads Root Capital’s Financial Advisory Services team as well as the Strategy, Knowledge & Innovation team, which includes research & development on new products and services, impact assessment, and field building. Prior to joining Root Capital, he worked as Boston site director for Health Leads (formerly Project HEALTH). He was also an entrepreneur-in-residence for the Nonprofit Enterprise and Self-sustainability Team (NESsT), which operates venture funds to incubate sustainable social enterprises in Latin America and Central Europe. Brian holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in social studies from Harvard College.  

    Value Chain Finance, Agricultural Lending, Emerging Markets, Impact Investing
    English, Spanish
    US
  • Salinger, Darcy
    Chief Credit Officer

    Darcy manages Root Capital’s credit origination and approval processes. As a commercial banker for more than a decade, she worked at TD Bank, RBS Citizens, and Bank of America, where she underwrote and managed credit portfolios across middle market and corporate industries. She also worked at ACCION International for 14 years, serving as director of credit and investment analysis and director of financial analysis. Darcy holds an M.B.A. from Simmons College. 

    English, Spanish, French
    US
  • Nate Schaffran
    Senior Vice President of Lending

    Nate oversees Root Capital's lending operations in Latin America and Africa. He previously served as Root Capital's Vice President for Africa from 2007-2012, launching our operations on the continent, opening regional offices, and building a $20M portfolio. Nate has previously worked in value chain sustainability at  Cooperative Juan Francisco Paz Silva in Nicaragua, and at Fair Trade USA. He holds an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and BAs in Economics and Political Science from Swarthmore College. 

    English, Spanish, French
    US
  • Bollen, Jerónimo
    Vice President of Lending, Latin America

    Jerónimo manages Root Capital’s lending operations in Latin America. Most recently, he worked in sales, co-op management, farmer relations, and credit analysis for Manos Campesinas, a coffee cooperative in Guatemala. He has also consulted to the Max Havelaar Foundation, one of Europe’s leading fair trade certification organizations. Jerónimo holds an M.B.A. from the Universidad Rafael Landívar in Guatemala, as well as B.A. degrees in business communications and international marketing management from universities in the Netherlands.

    English, Spanish, Dutch
    Costa Rica
  • Foote, Willy
    Founder & CEO

    Willy is the founder and CEO of Root Capital. He began his career on Wall Street as a financial analyst in Latin American corporate finance. Later, he worked as a business journalist in Mexico, where he discovered the challenges faced by cooperatives and small producers who lacked access to credit and markets. He founded Root Capital in 1999. Since then, Root Capital has grown to over 125 employees, with clients across Latin America and Africa, and $100 million in assets. Willy received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (SASE) in 2005, was named an Ashoka Fellow in 2007 and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2008, became a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) in 2009, was listed as one of Forbes’ “Impact 30” in 2011, and is a Henry Crown Fellow (Class of 2012). He is on the Executive Committee of the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Willy holds an M.S. in development economics from the London School of Economics and a B.A. from Yale University.

    English, Spanish, Portuguese
    US
  • Senior Vice President of Finance

    Randy manages Root Capital’s accounting, financial planning and analysis, governance and compliance, and treasury activities. He focuses on “impact first”, aiming to strengthen the development of back-office infrastructure to support our increasingly decentralized operations in Cambridge and field offices across Latin America and Africa. He draws on 18 years of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) experience, including posts at American Express and Fidelity Investments, and has performed in Treasury roles at ADP and American Express. He has also provided leadership support to Community Action Partners of Harvard Business School. Randy holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in industrial administration and engineering from Kettering University.

    English
    US
  • Brody, Liam
    Senior Vice President of Communications & Marketing

    Liam manages Root Capital’s business development activities and oversees fundraising, brand management, and private sector collaboration. He draws on 15 years of experience working in rural economic development and agricultural value chains in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Prior to joining Root Capital, Liam was a program manager and campaign director for Oxfam America. He also served as director of sustainable coffee for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. Liam holds an M.Ed. in social policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.S. in agricultural and extension education from Cornell University.

    English, Spanish
    US
  • Gill, Catherine
    Senior Vice President of Investor Relations & Operations

    Catherine manages debt and philanthropy fundraising efforts at Root Capital. Previously, she served as director for the Capital Partners division of the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) and as site director for the agency’s New England region. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Boston University’s School of Management. Catherine holds an M.B.A from the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa (IESE) in Barcelona and a B.A. in ancient Greek from Wellesley College. 

    English, Spanish, French
    US
  • Milder, Brian
    Senior Vice President of Strategy, Advisory & Innovation

    Brian leads Root Capital’s Financial Advisory Services team as well as the Strategy, Knowledge & Innovation team, which includes research & development on new products and services, impact assessment, and field building. Prior to joining Root Capital, he worked as Boston site director for Health Leads (formerly Project HEALTH). He was also an entrepreneur-in-residence for the Nonprofit Enterprise and Self-sustainability Team (NESsT), which operates venture funds to incubate sustainable social enterprises in Latin America and Central Europe. Brian holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in social studies from Harvard College.  

    English, Spanish
    US
  • Salinger, Darcy
    Chief Credit Officer

    Darcy manages Root Capital’s credit origination and approval processes. As a commercial banker for more than a decade, she worked at TD Bank, RBS Citizens, and Bank of America, where she underwrote and managed credit portfolios across middle market and corporate industries. She also worked at ACCION International for 14 years, serving as director of credit and investment analysis and director of financial analysis. Darcy holds an M.B.A. from Simmons College. 

    English, Spanish, French
    US
  • Nate Schaffran
    Senior Vice President of Lending

    Nate oversees Root Capital's lending operations in Latin America and Africa. He previously served as Root Capital's Vice President for Africa from 2007-2012, launching our operations on the continent, opening regional offices, and building a $20M portfolio. Nate has previously worked in value chain sustainability at  Cooperative Juan Francisco Paz Silva in Nicaragua, and at Fair Trade USA. He holds an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and BAs in Economics and Political Science from Swarthmore College. 

    English, Spanish, French
    US
  • Bollen, Jerónimo
    Vice President of Lending, Latin America

    Jerónimo manages Root Capital’s lending operations in Latin America. Most recently, he worked in sales, co-op management, farmer relations, and credit analysis for Manos Campesinas, a coffee cooperative in Guatemala. He has also consulted to the Max Havelaar Foundation, one of Europe’s leading fair trade certification organizations. Jerónimo holds an M.B.A. from the Universidad Rafael Landívar in Guatemala, as well as B.A. degrees in business communications and international marketing management from universities in the Netherlands.

    English, Spanish, Dutch
    Costa Rica
  • Boyle, Brandon
    Vice President of Lending Portfolio Servicing

    Brandon manages Root Capital’s portfolio operations. Before joining Root Capital, he served as a portfolio manager at the Massachusetts Housing Partnership. He also worked at the Capital District Community Loan Fund, where he was responsible for lending and portfolio operations. A former Peace Corps volunteer in Kyrgyzstan, Brandon holds an M.P.A. and an M.B.A. from the University at Albany as well as a B.A. in international studies from American University.

    English, Spanish
    US
  • Tyler Clark
    Global Director of Financial Advisory Services

    Tyler leads Root Link, a Root Capital initiative focused on expanding access to finance and strengthening internal credit systems of agricultural cooperatives. Previously, he managed field financial operations for a water and sanitation NGO and also worked for a Fair Trade, organic coffee importer. Tyler holds an M.A. in leadership and a B.A. in international business from Bethel University.

    English, Spanish
    US

Career Opportunities

Since our founding in 1999, Root Capital, a nonprofit social investment fund, has focused on building a culture that embodies our core values: passionate, entrepreneurial, collaborative, impact-focused, and multilingual (both in the languages our staff speak and in our ability to communicate and partner with small-scale producers and corporate CEOs).

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