Board of Directors
Slow Money NYC is managed by a Board of 11 volunteer Directors.
Derek Denckla, Co–Chair. Derek helped found a Slow Money chapter in the Fall of 2010 which has grown to 1,000 Followers on Meetup.com. He is startup advisor, impact investor and serial sustainable entrepreneur. He co-founded Foodshed Investors New York, an angel investor network focused on funding local, sustainable food business. He is Senior Advisor to Mouth, MetaMenu, Liddabit Sweets, FarmStock, Brooklyn Food Works and Egg Restaurant. Denckla provides advisory services and private equity through his firm Denckla Projects. In the past, Denckla ran a green real estate development company and built Greenbelt, the first LEED Gold building in Brooklyn, NY.
Brian Kaminer has served as the boards’s co-chair from 2011 to 2013. Slow Money has been one of the key organizations inspiring him to think, relate and invest differently. His company Talgra is focused on cultivating sustainable investments, from sustainable food to renewable energy. Brian has a growing portfolio of community and impact investments. He is the co-founder of Foodshed Investors New York, an angel investor network focused on funding local, sustainable food business. Brian recently launched Invest With Values, a free educational website that is “The Investor’s Gateway to Positive Change” helping people align their money and values. Brian has consulted on award winning energy conservation projects. In 2010 he participated in the NYU-Poly Cleantech Executive program. His background includes 17 years in the brokerage business. Brian focuses his personal and professional life on positively aligning the social, environmental and economic impacts of his choices and actions.
Claude Arpels has spent most of his career in the luxury goods industry. An MBA from Columbia University, he worked for many years as an executive in his family business Van Cleef & Arpels, then as CEO of the Italian fashion companies Redwall and Alessandro Dell’Acqua, and most recently Managing Partner of the children’s furniture business NettoCollection. Upon selling this last business, and graduating from the French Culinary Institute, Claude decided to dedicate himself to his interests in food, the environment, and social enterprise. Slow Money represents the perfect nexus of these diverse interests. In addition to the SMNYC board, Claude is a founding member of Foodshed Investors New York (FINY), a local angel investor network. He is also Co-Chair and board member of Taste of Tribeca and a member of New York’s Community Education Council for District 2. Passionate about the arts, Claude is the Board President of the avant-garde music ensemble International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). Claude also owns a property in Chatham, NY, which he is slowly renovating and turning into a diversified sustainable farm.
Erica Dorn is Managing Director of esty.org. She is a mission-driven entrepreneur and community development consultant with expertise in access to capital, marketing, and sales strategy. She is an outspoken proponent for building stronger local economies by supporting local businesses that rebuild food and fiber-sheds and create quality local jobs.
She helped launch the first peer-to-peer US lending program for Kiva.org and later went on to lead New York lending and business development for Accion, the leading U.S. microlender. Erica has provided access to capital and business coaching to hundreds of small businesses, including urban and rural farms, food carts, breweries/distilleries, small food manufacturers, and restaurants.
Erica is an Adjunct lecturer at Baruch in Business Management and Social Entrepreneurship. She is a Coro alumni for the leadership NY program in 2013 and runs an 85 member CSA program for the distinguished Staten Island Farm, El Poblano Farm.
Jon Zeltsman is President of Down to Earth Market, formerly Community Markets, a family business managing 20 farmers markets throughout Westchester and Rockland Counties and New York City. The business was conceived and founded by Miriam Haas, his wife, and Jon began full time participation in 2002. He has been an instrumental partner in crafting this mission driven venture into a sustainable small business. Just prior to full time involvement with the company he earned a culinary certificate from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City
For ten years prior to taking an active role in Down to Earth Market, Jon worked in various capacities consulting with small scale manufacturers. He introduced a program of management consulting services to the Industrial Technology Assistance Corp., a New York City firm which had traditionally focused its efforts on delivering industrial engineering services to the manufacturers. He was a principle of a project team that designed and launched an employee owned woodworking company in Vermont, filling a void left by the closing of an Ethan Allen furniture plant.
Studying geography in college, embracing the humanizing forces of craft based industry, and believing that local / regional economies are essential to a healthy global society have been drivers of Jon’s life philosophy. Small is indeed beautiful .
Brian Halweil is the editor-in-chief of Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End, Edible Long Island and Edible Manhattan magazines. His writing has focused on organic farming, biotechnology, hunger, and rural communities. He is hte author of Eat Here: Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket, and he lives in Sag Harbor, New York, where he and his family keep a home garden and raise oysters.
Guillaume Gauthereau is a business leader, serial entrepreneur, and a social conscious activist. Guillaume was the CEO and co-founder of Totsy, where he successfully raised over $45M in financing, built a team of over 100 people, and became the 2nd largest US private sale website dedicated to moms and kids. Prior to Totsy, Guillaume worked in several executive roles for luxury and retail brands (LVMH, Nestle, Colgate), including the distinction of being the youngest CEO for an international luxury retail company (Lalique). Guillaume is a partner in Jacqueline & Jerome, a line of super fresh vinaigrette, the founder of New York Bee Sanctuary and the Chairman of Sequoia Lab, where he advises companies with sustainable and socially responsible interests on growth and brand strategies. He also serves on numerous boards including Grameen Bank America, Friends of UNFPA, Slow Money NYC, Foodstand, NRDC NY Council, e2 Environmental Entrepreneurs, BrickHouse Security, GustOrganics, and Ayoka Productions. Guillaume has received extensive recognition in the global media for his achievements, as well as numerous awards, including being named NYC Venture Fellow and a finalist for the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2012. He teaches Meditation & Mindfulness to individuals and corporations. He has a PhD from the Ecole Nationale Veterinaire de Maisons-Alfort, Paris.
Christopher Washington, Managing Director of Radicle Farm Company, has co-founded three urban agriculture farms totaling over 140,000 sq.ft. across traditional and hydroponic grow space, and has managed both large and small teams. Christopher speaks across the nation and had a chance to address the Clinton Global Initiative focused on “Market Based Innovations,” and is featured in the book “The Coming Prosperity: How Entrepreneurs Are Transforming The Global Economy.”
Caitlin Dourmashkin has spent the last eight years focused on supporting local manufacturing and small businesses development as the Director of Planning and Community Development for EVERGREEN, an industrial development non-profit organization in North Brooklyn. In 2011, Caitlin founded the Small Food Producers Network as a monthly meet-up for emerging food manufacturers. Over the past three years, The Network has grown to over 300 businesses, and services now include regular business development workshops and direct one-on-one consulting around finance and strategic planning. Caitlin holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University.
Wen-Jay Ying is the Program Director and Founder of Local Roots NYC, a mission driven organization that creates a local food culture through an alternative CSA model and various events such as pop up supper clubs and an annual music and food festival. The Local Roots CSA has 15 locations throughout NYC, supports over 10 local farmers, and feeds approximately 450 families with sustainably grown produce and small-batch value added products. In 2014, Wen-Jay received the Entrepreneur of the Year award from former Mayor Bloomberg. Previously, she worked at Red Jacket Orchards where she set up the first fruit-only CSA in NYC and was an Americorps VISTA at Just Food as their CSA Resource Associate. Wen-Jay attended Boston University for her undergraduate with a major in psychology. In her free time, she also books concerts, plays music, and hangs out with her corgi.
Christine Rico is a social entrepreneur, growth strategist and financial consultant to growth phase businesses with a social impact mission. Her company, Waste to Wealth Ventures, serves businesses across sectors. But Christine’s love of good healthy food and commitment to building a sustainable food systems has led her to a concentration of work with food producers and other food-related enterprises. Christine is a bike-commuting, fruit and vegetable grower who lives in Brooklyn.
Thanks to previous volunteer Board / Steering Committee Members:
Sam Kressler, 2011-2012
Scott Budde, 2011-2012
Nicole Reed, 2011-2013
Amy Cortese, 2012-2014
Lindsay Greene, 2012-2014
Kerry Gendron, 2011-2013
Jennifer Grossman, 2013-15