Management Team

Karla Mora  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. 

Karla Mora 

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 Harwell Managing Partner 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. Alante brings Leslie a lifelong passion for responsibly produced apparel, 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.

Leslie Harwell

Managing Partner

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.

Alante brings Leslie a lifelong passion for responsibly produced apparel, 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.


Advisors 

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Maxine Bédat

 

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, an organization dedicated to changing the lives of artisans in developing countries.

Juris Doctorate degree with honors from Columbia Law School.

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Amy Bell

 

Senior Advisor at Tideline

With Tideline, Amy advises large institutions on impact investment strategies

Former Executive Director & Head of Principal Investments for J.P. Morgan’s Social Finance business unit

Began career in forensic accounting, & as a banker in J.P. Morgan’s Mergers & Acquisitions and Consumer & Retail Coverage groups

Master's of Professional Accounting, University of Texas 

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Natalie Grillion 

 

Co-Founder & CEO of Project JUST

Project JUST works to shift demand towards positive practices & ethical brands

Decade of experience at the intersection of business and social impact, worked in sustainable community development in West Africa & the US. As Acumen Global Fellow, managed a smallholder farmers program for organic & fair trade produce, including cotton in Uganda

BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, Cornell University MBA

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Keith Hull

 

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 

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Tammy Newmark

 

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, Tammy directed Technoserve’s environmental business advisory service

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James Rogers 

 

Founder, Science Director & CEO of Apeel Sciences

Apeel is a material sciences company that provides solutions for produce growers to reduce reliance on pesticides, increase quality, & prolong shelf life

Ph.D. in polymer physics with, won the premier US polymer physics prize in 2012; dual undergraduate degrees in Materials Science & Engineering & Biomedical Engineering

Leads award-winning team of scientists & engineers

 

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Gordon Seabury

 

CEO & Founder of Toad&Co

US-based producer of socially & environmentally friendly outdoor industry lifestyle brand, founded in 1996.

Board member of the Outdoor Industry Association since 2000, Chair 2016 & 2017.

Prior to Toad&Co., career in business management and consulting. Undergraduate degree in Psychology, & Wharton MBA in Entrepreneurial Management and Finance

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Jim Villanueva

 

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, having invested in multiple industries across North and South America. Co-founded & sold Spanish-language media company & a national Hispanic marketing & public relations firm

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Zohar Ziv

 

Consultant, Investor & Former COO Deckers

Over 25 years executive management experience across industries, in both public & private companies of various sizes. Former COO of Deckers, seeing the company through international expansion & move to e-commerce and omni channel capabilities

Co-founder & board member of Dash Brands  in China. Currently holds board positions in and is advisor to 2 private footwear brands, a digital media company and a private therapeutic apparel company

 

Job Openings 

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. 

INVESTMENT ANALYST

Alante Capital seeks an experienced Investment Analyst to assist with sourcing and analyzing new investment opportunities, tracking the market, and supporting portfolio companies. The position is based in Santa Barbara, CA and will require a small amount of both domestic and international travel.