The Management Team
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 innovation 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 & initially began to explore topics around sustainability in the textile & apparel industry through academic research for her degree.
For Leslie, Alante brings a lifelong passion for responsibly produced apparel & textiles, a personal commitment to sustainable development & a 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.