Entrepreneurs in the consumer space bring an unparalleled level of passion and energy to their businesses and I joined Castanea in 2018 for exactly this reason.
I love collaborating with our entrepreneurs and their teams to help build the next generation of passion brands and am currently working with Simms Fishing and 4moms.
Before entering the consumer world, I started my career at BlackRock Private Equity Partners, where I helped to invest in companies across a wide range of industries. As I always loved perusing the grocery store shelves to see what new products entrepreneurs are bringing to market, I decided to combine my joy of brand discovery with my career. Prior to Castanea, I worked for DOM Capital Group, a family-backed growth equity firm that specializes in food, beverage and restaurant investments. I have also worked in the strategy and finance functions of inspiring, high growth brands, including Rent the Runway and Frontera by Chef Rick Bayless.
I studied finance and psychology at the University of Dayton, where I met my husband, and received my MBA from Harvard Business School. Born and raised in Michigan, I grew up a classically trained dancer, where I learned what it feels like to pursue a passion. While no longer dancing, I am still an avid supporter of the performing arts. Outside of the office, you can find me road tripping around New England, hiking with our lovable dog, Ziggy, or hitting the slopes in the winter.