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CIO & Managing Director
Chris leads the Firm’s Investment Committee and investor relations functions, in addition to deal sourcing and underwriting. Chris is an investor and executive who has been managing impact investing portfolios since 2010, previously serving as Chief Investment Officer and CEO of New Island Capital Management. At New Island, Chris led a 28-person team to create a multi-asset-class, institutional-scale, 100% impact portfolio, and pioneered strategies in real assets and commercial real estate. Earlier, Chris held investment research positions at Cambridge Associates and Imprint Capital. He was previously the Executive Director of the Mattole Restoration Council, a community-based conservation effort in rural northwestern California. Chris holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BS from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. Chris and his family live on a small farm in Marin County, California where they grow organic fruit and vegetables.
Jessamine leads Alder Point’s impact, ESG, and human resources functions, in addition to deal sourcing and underwriting. Prior to Alder Point, Jessamine led the Alignment Insights team at RMI’s Center for Climate-Aligned Finance. Jessamine previously held the role of Principal, Real Assets at New Island Capital Management, where she led investments in real estate, timberland, farmland, and environmental markets. Other past roles include serving as the CFO and COO for Electric Vine Industries, a microgrid company working in remote communities in Southeast Asia. Jessamine began her career with The Nature Conservancy, where she secured public and private funding for conservation projects. Jessamine holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management, a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of the Environment, and a BS from Georgetown University. Jessamine lives with her family in Louisville, Colorado, where she serves on the City’s Open Space Advisory Board.
Spenser leads Alder Point’s asset management functions, internal operations, and compliance, in addition to deal sourcing and underwriting. Prior to Alder Point, Spenser served as Director of Finance & Business Development for Heartwood Biomass, a forest products manufacturing business working at the intersection of forest restoration and rural economic resilience. Spenser previously held the role of Senior Vice President, Real Assets at New Island Capital Management, where he led both capital deployment and asset management for U.S. timberland, farmland, and environmental markets investments. In past roles, Spenser served as Program Officer for World Wildlife Fund’s climate change work with Fortune 500s and supported USAID projects in Africa. Spenser holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management, a Master of Forestry from the Yale School of the Environment, and a BA from Colorado College. Spenser lives with his family on a former dairy farm, at the foot of the Wallowa Mountains in Northeast Oregon.