Nate is a corporate and securities attorney and entrepreneur with over seven years of experience working with start-ups, real estate ventures, and social enterprises. He is also a licensed real estate broker who has represented clients in residential purchase transactions and commercial and residential leasing. Nate served as associate general counsel to a Fortune 200 residential developer and also to a small private equity real estate investment company. Nate has a law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law and an economics degree from the University of California at San Diego. Nate is also an attorney at Katovich & Kassan Law Group.
Kim is an attorney with over 15 years of experience representing start-up enterprises, small- and medium-sized businesses and Fortune 500 companies. Kim is Co-Chair of the East Bay Women In Business Roundtable and sits on the Board of Directors of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. She is the former Board Chair of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel and volunteers with the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Housing Negotiation Project. Kim is also a member of the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom.
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.
Lisa began her corporate marketing career after completing her MBA from Southern Illinois University, working in oil products marketing and economics for Royal Dutch Shell, then becoming an oil and banking industry specialist and national account manager for AT&T Information Systems. During her childrearing years, she was a teacher, event manager and fundraiser, and writer/editor for various independent film education projects including PBS American Experience, San Francisco Film Society, and the California Film Institute. She currently produces a bi-weekly public affairs program on KALX called Method to the Madness that focuses on Bay Area innovators and is working on the Sacred Lands Film Project with Berkeley filmmaker Toby McLeod, a film project that examines the importance of protecting sacred spaces around the globe. Lisa is also Managing Director – Marketing Services at Katovich & Kassan Law Group.
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.
Before joining Cutting Edge Capital Andy Bamber worked internationally for close to ten years. He began his career working on grassroots initiatives in community development and education as a Peace Corps volunteer in Azerbaijan. He was development manager at the Eurasia Foundation in Almaty, Kazakhstan, a non-profit organization that promotes social entrepreneurship in the countries of the former Soviet Union. He was the publications editor on USAID-funded economic growth projects in Montenegro and Central Asia. He currently works with the Agrarian Trust on researching and writing about land access strategies for America’s next generation of sustainable farmers. Andy has a BA in Geography from University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MA in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies from University of Texas at Austin.
Fletcher has over 16 years of experience in business and market and product development. The majority of this time has been spent in the tech sector working with product and service companies, large and small, international and national, public and private, mature and new, interacting with clients in numerous industries. He also spent several years in corporate development for a public television station, where he initiated and managed the organization’s relationship with Businesses for Social Responsibility. Fletcher lives in Rhode Island, is active in the local social enterprise and food policy communities, and serves on the board of a start-up food co-op in Providence.
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.
Natalia Falcon is Cutting Edge Capital’s Staff Accountant. She graduated cum laude from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, with a degree in Art History and Biology. Before moving to California, Natalia was an Americorps volunteer with New York Restoration Project, a not for profit organization dedicated to restoring parks and community gardens in underserved neighborhoods in New York City’s five boroughs. She is currently completing San Francisco State University’s Certificate in Public Accountancy and hopes to be a CPA candidate in 2015. Natalia is also Staff Accountant at Katovich & Kassan Law Group.
Rebekah is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) with over 20 years experience in a wide range of capital market activities. She has been a consultant on strategy, funding, and finance to a variety of start-ups, small businesses, and nonprofits that pursue environmentally and socially responsible strategies. An entrepreneur herself, Rebekah founded a workforce housing nonprofit in Idaho and has co-founded two other socially responsible ventures. She volunteers as an advisor to start-ups and small businesses through her association with the Clean Tech Open and Pacific Community Ventures. She currently assists in teaching Capital Markets to MBA candidates at Presidio Graduate School, where she received her MBA in sustainable business management practices.
Sarah Isabel specializes in strategic planning, sustainability, diverse stakeholder engagement, community outreach, and behavior change initiatives. Sarah Isabel has facilitated conversations (in English and Spanish) around global issues with diverse stakeholders from various nations, multinational companies, nonprofit organizations, and governments. She has worked with several cities and counties on the strategic design and implementation of climate action and sustainable community plans. Sarah Isabel works with the private sector offering management consulting, start-up business launch support, strategic planning, innovative metrics, and sustainability management system development. She also assists in teaching sustainable venture creation in the capstone MBA course at Presidio Graduate School, and has taught in the green MBA program at Dominican University of California. Sarah Isabel has an MBA from Dominican University of California.