Andy’s professional experience begins in Azerbaijan, where he spent two years working on grassroots initiatives in community development and education as a Peace Corps volunteer. This led to graduate study of the former Soviet Union, its complex history, politics, language, and socioeconomic contexts. To put theory in motion, Andy then devoted the next several years to project development and program management with international organizations such as the Eurasia Foundation, Chemonics, Global Communities, World Vision, Handicap International, and American Councils for International Education. From these engagements, Andy was able to hone many skills, from Russian language fluency to developing a keen sense for the ways that finance and community can be mobilized together. In Oakland, working on partnerships at Cutting Edge Capital, Andy found a place where these many trajectories can come together. He continues to consult internationally and even manages to speak Russian from time to time on excursions around the Bay Area. Andy holds an MA from the University of Texas, Austin and a BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Follow Andy on Twitter.
Nicole Grabos, an Indiana University Alumni, graduated with a BS in Geology and a Communications Minor. Her diverse experience includes management, communications, and environmental consulting. Prior to joining Cutting Edge Capital, Nicole had previously worked as an environmental consultant for Roux Associates Inc. As a staff geologist, she supervised construction development on multiple brownfield real estate sites across the Bay Area. Nicole’s additional experience includes the management of two adjoining businesses, Thrive Acupuncture and Marquette Perk & Pantry, where she created financial & operational systems, developed marketing strategies, and specialized in client relations.
Seth has over 30 years of experience in energy risk and commodity portfolio management, market design, utility delivery, renewables, and demand-side management services. He was the chief risk officer of an electricity clearinghouse he helped found in 2005 that was acquired by NASDAQ OMX in 2010. He has been an energy consultant to businesses, utilities, and government agencies and has served in a variety of management roles at both investor-owned and municipal utilities. He is currently assisting a number of startup energy and environmental technology companies with business and market development and helping the Near North Community in Chicago, IL with a community needs assessment for program outreach. Seth holds an MS in Decision Sciences from the University of Memphis and is a registered Energy Risk Professional by the Global Association of Risk Professionals.
Kristin has over fifteen years experience in strategic planning, finance, operations, marketing, training, and business transformation. Recent projects including Climate Action Plans for local governments, Sustainable Operating and Implementation Plans for the private sector, and Greenhouse Gas Inventories using the Local Government Operating Protocol from ICLEI. Kristin’s technical background includes seven years at a Big 6 Accounting and Consulting firm where she worked as a Senior Manager specializing in the hospitality, real estate, and manufacturing industries. Kristin holds an MBA from the University of San Francisco and an Executive MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School where she is an adjunct professor of Sustainable Urban Economic Policy and Development.
Scott has spent over 20 years as a venture capital fund manager, first with publicly-traded Capital Southwest Corporation and more recently with private venture firm Triton Ventures, and he has managed corporate finance and acquisition programs for a public software company (Vignette Software, acquired by OpenText) as well as for a Fortune 100 private company. He has served as director on over a dozen venture-backed company boards and several non-profit boards, was a founding organizer of Slow Money Texas / Slow Money Austin and remains active in business and non-profit activities, including Slow Money, in Texas as well as in his new home in the Bay Area. Scott has Series 79 and 63 investment banking credentials and does investment banking and financial consulting with Pasadera Capital when not dabbling with winemaking and microlending through Rockroom Wine Company.