Founder & Managing Partner
Karla brings 15 years of experience strengthening, scaling and investing in companies in emerging markets. She served most recently as Interim Investment Director at VilCap Investments where she led initial investments in early-stage companies in Mexico, Ghana, Kenya, & the US. She supported a portfolio of over 30 companies, cultivated new investor relationships & raised capital for the fund. She also prepared early-stage FinTech and HealthTech entrepreneurs to raise capital through Village Capital’s Mexico-based accelerator program.
Prior to this, Karla was Associate Director of The Eleos Foundation, managing investments from 71 investors, into early stage social enterprises. She also worked at Building Markets in Afghanistan, supporting SMEs in post-conflict areas, the World Affairs Council, & the United Nations Sustainable Commodity Initiative for the coffee sector. Karla holds a Master’s Degree in Development Economics from University of Rome in Italy & a Certificate in Financial Management from Cornell University.
Karla has dedicated her career to using business as a force for social good. Early on she developed a deep passion for reforming production practices across industries to improve working conditions & protect the environment. Her passion for supply chain reform, deep concern with the state of the apparel industry & her love of beautiful clothes, led her to create Alante Capital in an effort to spur innovations that can have lasting positive impacts on people & the planet.
Leslie brings with her 10 years of experience working in financial institutions. Most recently, Leslie was Vice President of Sustainable Finance at JPMorgan Chase & Co. where she developed & led the Capital Strategies Initiative for Sustainable Finance in the Americas, & was involved in the management of & value creation in the Social Finance Principal Investing portfolio.
Prior to JPMC, Leslie spent 7 years at Credit Suisse, primarily focused on the evaluation of Debt Capital Markets in Emerging Markets, including coverage of sovereign and corporate clients. She helped issuers in Latin America & the Caribbean raise funds in the international capital markets, managing transactions from pitch through due diligence, structuring & execution. Leslie holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
For Leslie, Alante combines her lifelong passion for responsibly produced apparel, personal commitment to sustainable development & honed affinity for finding efficient solutions to complex challenges The textile & apparel industry is a passion of Leslie’s that is practically inherited. Her grandfather’s family owned the cotton gin, general store, & a clothing store in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. Leslie’s mother spent her career in the apparel industry & ingrained the importance of vintage, quality, & sustainable sourcing…& also taught Leslie everything she knows about shopping in souks, bazaars, & markets all around the world.
Eileen Fisher has partnered with Alante as an investor & chief advisor. She is the Founder & Chairwoman of EILEEN FISHER, INC.
In 2016, the company became the largest women’s fashion organization to be certified a B Corporation, having met high criteria for social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. EILEEN FISHER is the largest B Corp in the state of New York. In 2015, the company announced VISION2020 a bold 5-year plan that addresses sustainability and human rights. In keeping with Eileen's belief in collaboration, VISION2020 calls for co-leading with other brands to transform the fashion industry.
Given Eileen’s commitment to the development and growth of the whole person, she recently launched LIFEWORK - a personal transformation initiative that invites participants to explore purpose, mindfulness, and embodiment through a variety of online and in-person workshops and events. LIFEWORK programs are offered to company employees, business organizations and the public.
In 2017, Parsons New School of Design honored Eileen at their annual gala for her work in sustainability. Eileen was selected to join the Steering Committee for New York State's Inaugural Council on Women and Girls. Launched by Governor Andrew Cuomo, the committee was formed to ensure that government policies and programs protect women's rights and equality advancement in the state. Eileen was presented the Force for Good Award by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) in February 2016. She is a 2012 inductee into the Social Venture Network Hall of Fame.
Jackson joins the team after spending three years as an Analyst and Program Coordinator at Quona Capital, a VC firm decoupled from Accion, focused on tech-enabled financial services for underserved populations in Emerging Markets.
Previously, Jackson was a Summer Associate at Omidyar Network, conducting research on the Future of Work, and a Quantitative Researcher at the Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI), in Cape Town, South Africa, where he reviewed government Social Protection schemes. He is a graduate of Williams College, with a B.A. in Economics and a concentration in Environmental Studies.
Jackson is an active member of the impact investing community and has a passion for scalable solutions that can have measurable environmental & social impact. He also coached Women's Ultimate Frisbee at Georgetown University, and he enjoys spending time in the mountains, whether skiing or backpacking.
Carolyn Kim Allwin
Co-founder & Managing Director, Elysian Advisers
Impact investing consultancy providing strategic & financial advice. Carolyn is also a social impact investor, entrepreneur & advisor to early stage companies.
Former In-house counsel at GoldenTree Asset Management, and tax attorney at Ernst & Young.
Hedge Funds Care Grants Review Board, the Choate Rosemary Hall Alumni Executive Board and the Akilah Institute for Women Board.
Senior Director at Tideline
Advises large institutions on impact investment strategies
Former Executive Director & Head of Principal Investments for the Sustainable Finance business unit of JPMorgan Chase.
Previously, on JPMorgan’s Investment Bank in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Consumer & Retail Coverage groups.
On the Board of WaterEquity (an affiliate of Water.org)
Kate Dillon Levin
VP Sales & Marketing, Ecosphere+
Ecosphere+ builds markets for standing forests, incentivizes sustainable business models & responsible supply chains
CSR Consultant to apparel brands, former fashion model & advocate for improved sustainability in the industry
Previously worked on REDD+ & sustainable land use at Fundacion Natura Bolivia, UNDP Equator Initiative, Code REDD/Stand For Trees, and Stockholm Environment Institute
CEO & Managing Partner of EcoEnterprises Fund
EcoEnterprises Fund invests in the sustainable use of natural resources in Latin America
30 years experience in the field of impact investing
Prior to EcoEnterprises, directed Technoserve’s environmental business advisory service
Former Vice Chairman - Debt Capital Markets, Credit Suisse
During his 30 years with the bank was head of both Emerging & Global Debt Capital Markets & founded & co-chaired the Bank’s Impact Investing Advisory Council.
Sits on the Board of ACCION, Advisory Board of the Center for Financial Inclusion, & the Council of Global Advisors of Yale School of Management
Impact finance advisor & investor in early stage companies
Managing Director of Global Partnerships /Eleos Social Venture Fund
Led the impact investment portfolio as Executive Director & founding board member at the Eleos Foundation
Seasoned Private Equity investor, and Co-founded & sold Spanish-language media company & a national Hispanic marketing & public relations firm
Co-Founder & CEO of Project JUST
Project JUST works to shift demand towards positive practices & ethical brands
10 years working at the intersection of business & social impact
As an Acumen Global Fellow, managed a smallholder farmers program for organic & fair trade produce, including cotton in Uganda
Co-founder & CEO of Zady
Zady is an e-commerce platform & lifestyle destination for conscious consumers that believe in products with solid construction, the best materials, the lowest environmental footprint, the highest labor standards and timeless style
Founder of The Bootstrap Project, a non-profit dedicated to revitalizing craft traditions
CEO of Liztex
Liztex is a Guatemala-based, vertically integrated textile producer operating the largest textile mill in Central America
37 year veteran of the textile industry, holding C-suite positions with Kaltex America, UCO Raymond Denim, & Avondale Mills
Expert operator in global, diversified textile manufacturing
Founder, Science Director & CEO of Apeel Sciences
Apeel is a material sciences company that reduces reliance on pesticides, increases quality, & prolongs shelf life of produce.
Ph.D. in polymer physics with, won the premier US polymer physics prize in 2012
Leads award-winning team of scientists and engineers using natural, plant-based formulas to protect produce from post-harvest loss
CEO & Founder of Toad & Co
US-based producer of socially & environmentally friendly outdoor industry lifestyle brand, founded in 1996.
In 1997 led Toad & CO to co-found Planet Access Company, which provides adults with developmental disabilities job training and work opportunities. The PAC warehouse, located in Chicago, is a full-time third-party logistics provider, managing Toad & Co’s and other brand's inventory.
Board member of the Outdoor Industry Association since 2000, Chair 2016 & 2017.
Consultant, Investor & Former COO Deckers
Served as COO of Deckers Brands, a publicly traded global footwear company. Saw the company through international expansion & move to e-commerce and omni-channel capabilities
Over 25 years executive management experience across industries, in both public & private companies of various sizes.
Holds board & advisory positions with 4 private companies & is founder of Dash Brands, a fast-food company in China
President & CEO of CO2Nexus, Inc (dba TERSUS Solutions)
TERSUS Solutions commercialized a water-less textile & apparel processing technology platform.
Worked in sustainability & cleantech as both an entrepreneur and investor for the past 20+ years.
Founder & Director of Advent Technologies, the U.S. cleantech venture division of Itochu Corp. Director of Global Technologies LLC, the exclusive licensor & commercialization entity of a pioneering CO2 technology & an economist with USEPA in Washington, D.C.
President, Eclectic Electric, Inc.
Eclectic Electric led large scale e-commerce projects for companies including SapientNitro, Warner Music Group's Rhino Records, Guthy-Renker, & Santa Monica startup incubator Science Inc.
Founder of Mylennium, offering products and services that help people manage and protect personal and professional digital assets during their lifetime and beyond.
Former President of Wilshire Designs, supporting Liz Claiborne & Jordache to successfully launch into consumer eyewear. Founded eyeOTA developing an international sales & distribution network for Isaac Mizrahi / Chanel, Hanae Mori Paris & others.
Mattel's lead developer on TRON: Maze-A-Tron.
Creative Strategist, Facebook's Creative Shop
Influences luxury and fashion advertising across all of Facebook's plaftorms (Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, Whatsapp and Oculus) by providing consultation on everything from art direction and content to the development of creative learning agendas that turn campaigns into learning opportunities for brands.
More than 14 years in fashion and media, began as a fashion editor at WWD/W Magazine.Co-founder and CCO at Kess Agency and, most recently, VP of Creative at Havas Sports & Entertainment
Alante is committed to the values of communication, transparency, and partnership. To ensure these values are upheld in all of the work we do, Alante relies on a spirit of teamwork. Headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, Alante also has an office in New York City. With a small, remote and bi-coastal team, Alante provides a flexible and progressive work environment, with offices located in two great co-working spaces, and flexible travel between both locations.
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