John has over 30 years of experience as a securities lawyer and entrepreneur. John was General Counsel at the Pacific Stock Exchange and Boston Stock Exchange and was the Chief Regulator Officer for the NASDAQ subsidiary regulating options. He also served as General Counsel for two technology startups where he participated in both public and private financings. He has represented and dealt with major securities regulators and governmental entities, including, among others, the SEC, FINRA, state regulators, Congressional banking and finance subcommittees, the CFTC, and emerging/developing country governments as an advisor and consultant in capital market development. He was part of the team that designed and introduced the iShares ETF product to Barclays Bank. Check out John’s blog on Huffington Post.
Kim Arnone has 18 years of experience working with start-up enterprises, small and medium-sized businesses, and Fortune 500 companies to solve business, legal, and capital raising challenges. She works with for-profit businesses, non-profit entities, and cooperatives to help them identify the best way to design a capital raising strategy that works with clients’ business strategy, market plans, and long-term goals. Kim is Co-chair of the East Bay Women in Business Roundtable and sits on the Board of Directors of the Oakland Chamber of Commerce. She is the former Board Chair of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel. Kim lives, works, and plays in Oakland, and is committed to helping her community be vibrant, socially responsible, and inclusive.
Brian is an attorney with over twenty-five years of experience working for nonprofits, start-ups, and publicly-traded companies. He has served as General Counsel for RSF Social Finance, Clean Power Finance, and LendZoan; and before that as Corporate Counsel for Sybase and Catellus Development Corporation. Brian earned his J.D. from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law and started his legal career with the North Bay law firm of Gaw Van Male. Brian is a member of the California Bar and serves on the board of the Mount Diablo Music Education Foundation.
Faiza began her career as a community organizer in Seattle, WA. Mission driven work has always been at the center of her professional career. She has worked in the Bay Area non-profits in both finance and operations for the last eight years. The executive producer and host of The Third Space Show, Faiza is a talented communicator and idea generator. She was previously the operations manager at Tikkun Magazine, where she improved the operational systems, processes, and policies in support of organization’s mission. Her prior experience includes working as a research at UC Berkeley and a multi-year consulting engagement with the Earth Island Institute in support of their annual fundraiser. Beyond finance, the scoop of her work at Cutting Edge Capital is identifying and fostering community partners while maintaining a balanced budget and playing a lead organizing role in the launch of its new nonprofit, Cutting Edge Institute. Faiza holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Finance from UC Berkeley. GO BEARS!
Operations & Communications
Nicole, 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.
Michael H. Shuman
Michael H. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and one of the world’s leading experts on community economics. He has authored, coauthored, or edited eight books. His most recent book, published by Chelsea Green, is Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Move Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity. His previous book, The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition (Berrett-Koehler, 2006), received a bronze prize from the Independent Publishers Association for best business book of 2006. He helped co-found Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), which represents 30,000 local businesses in North America in 80 communities, and is now a Fellow there. A prolific speaker, Shuman has given an average of more than one invited talk per week, mostly to local governments and universities, for the past 30 years. He has lectured in almost every U.S. state and eight countries. Read more about Michael Shuman on his website.
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