Woody Tasch is a pioneer of the concepts of patient capital, mission-related investing, and community development venture capital.
He is the dynamic and visionary founder and chairman of Slow Money Institute, a nonprofit headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, with an alliance of national and international chapters. Slow Money was formed in 2008 to catalyze the flow of investment capital to small food enterprises and promote new principles of fiduciary responsibility that support sustainable agriculture and the emergence of a restorative economy.
Tasch is chairman emeritus and former CEO of Investors’ Circle, a network of angel investors, family offices, social purpose funds and foundations that since 1992 has invested in 230 early stage sustainability-promoting ventures and venture funds. During much of the 1990s, he was treasurer of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, where, as part of an innovative mission-related venture capital program, a substantial investment was made in Stonyfield Farm, now the world’s largest maker of organic yogurt.
He is the author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered (2008) and he author of Food Production and Public Policy in Developing Countries (1983). In 2010 he was recognized by UTNE as one of “25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.”
Woody Tasch graduated in 1973 Magna Cum Laude from Amherst College, where he won the Collin Armstrong Poetry Prize.
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