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JEFF NIXON

Partner

Jeff is an attorney, investment banker, private investor and entrepreneur who formed Interactive Capital Partners in 1997. Jeff built his career on backing passionate teams with disruptive technologies and business models driving large scale positive change in the Internet, Nanotechnology, Cyber Defense and Sustainable Technology industries. Today, Jeff spends most of his time in the clean agriculture, food, water and energy space.

Jeff’s interest in Impact investing began in 1999 as an early angel investor helping build Foundation Source with software services veteran Doug Mellinger. Today, Foundation Source is the leading provider of services for over 1,400+ private foundations in collaboration with major private client groups such as Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Banc One, Wilmington Trust and Wells Fargo. Many of these families have been pioneers in allocating an increasing amount of their overall net worth to investing in companies capable of providing strong social returns along with reliable financial returns. Today this has developed into the $100+ billion Impact investing market.

Prior to founding ICP, Jeff was a General Partner at Southport Partners, assisting IBM with analyzing and executing venture capital investments in new consumer interactive services. Prior to that, Jeff was VP Business Development for Portel Services Network working alongside Hubert Schlafly, father of the cable TV industry as founder of TelePrompTer.

Jeff is a graduate of Colgate University in and Boston University School of Law. Jeff is a registered General Securities Principal with Terra Nova Equities, Inc. in New York City, a FINRA/SIPC registered broker/dealer where he holds Series 24, 7 and 63 licenses.

Erik Jansen

Chairman/Partner

Erik Jansen has more than two decades of successful technology investing experience as co-founder of the venture capital arm of Pequot Capital; a leading multi-billion dollar U.S. registered investment adviser with $16 billion in AUM, and Chairman and member of the Investment Committee of Ultra Capital LLC, an innovative investment firm focused on sustainable real asset projects in the growth sectors of energy, water, waste and agriculture.

Erik is also a founding limited partner in and Senior Advisor to Alpha Venture Partners, a growth stage VC fund backed by several large families, including the Pritzker family in Chicago. Erik also currently serves on Investment Advisory Committee of Connecticut Innovations, the state’s venture and economic development fund. Erik is also a founding member of the Advisory Board of Boundless Impact, a premier market intelligence platform for Impact investors.

Before moving to the USA permanently in 1982, Mr. Jansen held positions with Philips and Procter & Gamble. Mr. Jansen holds a BBA from Nijenrode, the Netherlands School of Business, and an MBA for the Edwin L. Cox School of Business at SMU.

JOE DOBROW

Joe has been on the forefront of retail marketing and the natural foods business for nearly 25 years as the head of marketing for Whole Foods Market, Sprouts Farmers Market, Fresh Fields and Balducci’s. He is also the founder of MBArk (www.MBArk.net), which helps to connect business education and the food business through career networking programs for MBA students and executive education programs for industry leaders.

His first book, Natural Prophets
(www.NaturalProphets.com), an entrepreneurial history of the natural foods industry, was published by Rodale Books in 2014. His latest book, Pioneers of Promotion (www.PioneersOfPromotion.com), focuses on some of the marketing geniuses of the 19th century.

Joe was also a top marketing executive at other progressive brands, including Flexcar (now known as Zipcar) and Discovery Channel. During a richly varied 33-year career, he has been hired by, and worked directly with, some of the country’s most iconic business and sports executives – including AOL Co-Founder Steve Case, Whole Foods Co-Founder and CEO John Mackey, Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., Basketball Hall of Famer Dave Cowens, and legendary cause marketer Carol Cone.

Joe is a graduate of Brown University, and has an MBA from Yale University and served as the Robert A. Fox Executive in Residence at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.

DR. JEFFREY FELDMAN

Jeff, is the Managing Partner of Primary Succession Capital. He served as the President of Everest Broadband Networks, Managing Director at Bulldog Innovation Group, SVP and General Partner at FirstMark Capital, Director and General Partner at Digital Media Capital, and as an Associate at Canaan Partners. Dr. Feldman holds an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management and a Ph.D. and a B.S. from the University of Connecticut.

DOUG MELLINGER

Doug joined the Clarion Private Equity firm in 2013 as Managing Director and Head of Marketing.  Previously, Doug was a Managing Director at Palm Ventures. Doug was the founder, CEO and Vice-Chairman of Foundation Source, the nation’s leading provider of outsourced services for private foundations, serving over 1,400 of the wealthiest families in the US, from 2000 until his retirement in 2011. He has been a career entrepreneur who has founded numerous companies including Enherent (formerly PRT Group), a global software development and services company which he established in 1989 and was CEO until 1999. Doug is a graduate of Syracuse University and is active in the philanthropic and civic sectors through volunteer and board positions and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

TOM BURTON

Tom is a Partner at the law firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo in Boston. In 2004, Tom founded, and currently chairs, the firm’s nationally leading Energy and Sustainability Practice, which serves more than 250 clients. Since 2006, the firm’s Energy and Sustainability Practice has completed more than 400 M&A transactions in this sector totaling over $7 billion, and over 300 venture capital and private equity financings, Clients span markets such as solar and wind, smart grid and energy efficiency, energy storage, water technologies, waste treatment, biofuels, electric vehicles, and green buildings.

Glen Finkel

Glen is a clean tech innovator focused on advanced material technologies that deliver profound breakthroughs in sustainability.  He is the co-founder and president of PURETi Group; the global leader in light activated, air pollution reversal; a co-founder of Toledo Solar – an American manufacturer of thin film solar systems; and a co-founder of Omega Water Sciences –
“the water refinery” for the 21st Century. Glen has been a senior corporate executive in sales, marketing, product development and global sourcing for nearly 40 years. He is an active mentor and networker, and a former clinical psychologist, commercial fisherman, and “shoe dog”. Glen holds a BS degree from the U. of Pennsylvania and an MS in Clinical Psychology.

DARCY TRAVLOS

Darcy is a strategist, business builder and Wall Street finance professional with a focus on disruptive companies in widespread emerging trends. Darcy has advised over 200 companies emerging growth companies in $2.5 billion+ in transactions and financings in the technology and consumer sectors. Trained as an economist at Brown University, Darcy began her career, deep in the data, by modeling Morgan Stanley’s interest rate forecasting model. She then pursued a career in tech investment banking at Kidder Peabody, Wessels Arnold & Henderson, Legg Mason and Soundview Technology Group where she built and ran the wireless/mobile group.

Having lived through many cycles and being aware of seemingly unrelated trends, Darcy has the keen ability to connect dots and to identify and effectively articulate emerging concepts and disruptive technologies early. Retired from investment banking, Darcy leveraged that knowledge to become a well-respected columnist on the topic of disruption, publishing over 100 articles on Forbes.com and over 1,000 investor reports. She is credited as a pioneer in Digital Media, with her research as the basis for the Economist’s Quarterly Survey on Digital Media. She has been interviewed on CNBC and Bloomberg, and has been quoted broadly in the financial press.

Darcy graduated from Brown University with an AB in Economics and then from The Wharton School with an MBA in Finance. Darcy currently serves on the Board of Governors, Board of the Brown Club of Fairfield County and Women’s Launch Pad for Brown University.

TOM BEUSSE

Tom has been CEO of a number of leading media companies including F&W enthusiast publications, Westwood One, Time4 Media enthusiast brands. He also was President of Magazine Publishing for Rodale Inc. overseeing such leading brands as Runner’s World, Backpacker,  and Men’s Health.

Tom’s early career included National Account Management at Sports Illustrated overseeing 40% of all advertising and work with all the major professional sports leagues.

A former professional soccer player, Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature and advertising/public relations from Ithaca College in New York and was captain of Ithaca’s Varsity soccer team.