Team

  Woody Tasch
  Marco Vangelisti
  Kristin Martinez
  Andy Wallerstein
  Esther Park
The Soil Trust is managed by Woody Tasch, with assistance from an Investment Committee comprised of Marco Vangelisti, Kristin Martinez, Andy Wallerstein and Esther Park. As a project of Slow Money, the Soil Trust collaborates actively with Slow Money’s Steering Committee and Advisory Board, and is accountable to Slow Money’s Board of Directors.

Woody Tasch

Soil Trust, Chairman. Woody is the founder and chairman of Slow Money.  He pioneered the integration of asset management and philanthropic purpose in the 1990s as treasurer of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation and founding chairman of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance. For ten years, through 2008, Tasch was chairman of Investors’ Circle, a network of angel investors, family offices, and social purpose funds and foundations that has invested $150 million in 220 early stage sustainability-promoting ventures and venture funds, since 1992. Woody is the author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered (Chelsea Green). He was named one of “25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” by Utne magazine.

 

Marco Vangelisti

Soil Trust Investment Committee Member. Marco studied mathematics at the University of Padova in Italy. He obtained an MBA from the school “Enrico Mattei” in Milan. He was a Fulbright scholar in mathematics and economics at the University of California in Berkeley. Marco worked for 11 years at BARRA in Berkeley – a consulting company developing statistical risk models for equity and fixed income markets around the world. He worked as visual artist on a full-time basis for 5 years. Marco obtained a MFA focusing on the intersection between public art and ecology. He later worked for 6 years for Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co. LLC (“GMO”), managing investment equity portfolios primarily on behalf of large foundations and endowments. Marco left the corporate world in April 2009. He has since helped start and grow the Slow Money Northern California chapter and has served on the Slow Money national steering committee. Marco is a member of Investors’ Circle and an active impact investor in Slow Money projects in California.

 

Kristin Martinez

Soil Trust Investment Committee Member. Kristin Martinez is an early-stage investor and entrepreneur who has spent the past 2 decades working with new ventures as an entrepreneur, investor, director and advisor. She is the founder of Sound Point Ventures, LLC, a venture development and management company operating in Seattle, Washington and Albuquerque, New Mexico since 1998. Through Sound Point, Kristin started Angels with Attitude, the first active angel fund focused on sustainability. Kristin was a director and the first CFO of portfolio company Advent Solar, which was sold to Applied Materials in 2009. After leaving Advent, Kristin was a founder, director and CFO of medical device startup Acoustic Cytometry Systems, which commercialized technology licensed from Los Alamos National Laboratory. The angel-funded company was sold to Life Technologies in October, 2008. She is currently a director of Oscilla Power, Mobius Technologies, and MACH Energy, and an advisor to OneEnergyRenewables. She is a member of the New Mexico Angels, and was a founding member of Seraph Capital, a Seattle angel network for women. Kristin has a BS from Boston University and an MBA from The George Washington University.

 

Andy Wallerstein

Soil Trust Investment Committee member, CEO and Principal of Avalon Trust, a wealth management firm and independent trust company. At Avalon Trust Andy oversees the Company’s strategic direction, ensuring that Avalon maximizes the strength of its independence and continues to build relationships. He is a member of the Avalon investment committee, actively manages client portfolios and conducts investment research. He leads the Avalon team in resolving complex client concerns and coordinates its network of qualified professionals to bring the full resources of Avalon to its clients. Before joining Avalon, Andy was a partner for 16 years at Baldwin Brothers, an investment advisory firm outside of Boston. Andy has been involved in numerous for-profit and non-profit boards. He was the founding Chairman of the Board of the Wolf School, a school for children with learning disabilities, and a founding venture partner at the Rhode Island Foundation. Currently, he is Board Chair of SITE Santa Fe and a member of the Board of The Middlebridge School. Andy received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and an MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.

 

Esther Park

Soil Trust Investment Committee Member, Founder and President of Commons Stock. Prior to starting Commons Stock, Esther was Vice President for Strategy and Business Development at RSF Social Finance. She was responsible for the strategic development of the organization and the expansion of its products and services. As Director of Lending between 2007 and 2011, Esther oversaw a tripling of the organization’s lending activities to social enterprises nationally. Previously, Esther was a senior consultant for ShoreBank Advisory Services, where she provided strategic and financial planning advice for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), particularly small business and affordable-housing loan funds. She also trained lenders internationally in small business lending practices, and underwrote Program Related Investments (PRIs) for private foundation clients. Prior to joining ShoreBank, Esther lived in Nukus, Uzbekistan, teaching English and conducting program evaluation work for the United Nations. Esther received her MPP from University of Chicago and BA in Social Welfare from the University of California Berkeley. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband, Greg, and their two children, Evangeline and Bryce.


Staff

Jake Bornstein

Soil Trust, Senior Associate. Jake worked as part of a small inner team of investment associates at the $130 billion hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, building out a systematic picture of the financial world, refining Bridgewater’s trading strategies and providing strategic advice to large institutional investors. Increasingly convinced of the need to change both the financial and socio-ecological systems, Jake embarked on a research journey across organic farms, forest gardens, eco-villages and transition towns, culminating in a permaculture design certificate from the Permaculture Institute of Italy. Prior to his career at Bridgewater, Jake graduated A.B. summa cum laude from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of public policy, with thesis work focused on the viability of microfinance in the United States, and a minor in continental philosophy.