I joined Castanea Partners in 2016, and I’m grateful to be surrounded by incredibly smart, driven, good-hearted founders, management, and colleagues. I currently work with Brew Dr. Kombucha and Tatcha, and previously worked with First Aid Beauty and IPPOLITA.
I started my investing career in the Consumer/Retail Group at Advent International, where I became excited about the constantly evolving nature of the consumer and retail industry and, after working with several amazing founders, was drawn to the passionate entrepreneurs in the industry.
Having grown up internationally in South Korea, Romania, South Africa, and Saudi Arabia, I enjoy coming across new perspectives, and I love that the consumer industry constantly indulges me with new concepts. I’m truly humbled when I discover an upcoming brand that makes me say, “This brand makes so much sense! How did we live without it?” I believe there is always more than one way to solve for a consumer’s need or want which enables creative disruption in the industry.
I graduated from the Jerome Fisher Program at the University of Pennsylvania: a B.S. in Economics with concentration in Finance from the Wharton School and a B.A.S. in Computer Science from the School of Engineering & Applied Sciences.
I live in Boston with my husband (a Massachusetts native) and our rescue dog, Anajo (which means “hug me” in Korean). Outside the office, you can often find me outdoors snowboarding in the winter, at a local coffee shop, checking out a craft brewery, or driving to Providence for my favorite donuts.