Closed Loop Partners invests in sustainable consumer goods, advanced recycling technologies and the development of the circular economy.



Ron Gonen

Co-Founder and CEO

Ron is the Co-Founder and CEO of Closed Loop Partners, an investment platform that invests in sustainable consumer goods, recycling and the development of the circular economy. Investors include many of the world’s largest consumer goods companies and family offices interested in investments that…


Michael Gajewski

Managing Director

Michael is a Managing Director at Closed Loop Partners where he oversees due diligence and CFO functions for the firm.Prior to joining to Closed Loop Partners, Michael served 16 years as Chief Financial Officer of Canusa Corporation.  Canusa is a diversified paper, packaging and commodities company that expanded…


Bob Milligan

Managing Director

Bob has over 40 years’ experience in the Waste Industry. Entering the waste industry in 1970. The first 14 years he owned and operated his private waste company.In 1984, Bob merged his waste company with BFI Waste Systems. Bob held executive positions with BFI and Allied waste for 21 years. in the PA / NJ markets…

Chris Cui

Director, China Programs

Chris has 12 years’ of cross-sector experience in financial service and philanthropy sectors in Asia, Europe and the U.S., advising Fortunate 500’s (Nestle, Swiss Re) emerging market strategies to capture growth potential from Asia. At Swiss Re, she led strategic initiatives to promote…


Bridget Croke

VP, External Affairs

Bridget leads external affairs including investor partnerships, partnerships, communications and special projects at the Closed Loop Partners. She has been working on sustainability, circular economy and turning waste into value for 20 years through organizations including Fair Food Project of Philadelphia…
Maite Quinn

Maite Quinn

Managing Director

Maite Quinn is a Managing Director at Closed Loop Partners. Her areas of focus are in identifying industry trends, deal generation, due diligence and portfolio management. Ms. Quinn has been a leading executive in the recycling industry for over 15 years.  Most recently, she was the Director of Business Development and Sales…


Ellen Martin

VP, Impact and Strategic Initiatives

As Vice President for Impact and Strategic Initiatives, Ellen is responsible for tracking progress and impact of the Closed Loop Fund portfolio, and generating actionable insights for portfolio partners, investors, municipalities, and industry. She is also a member of Closed Loop Fund’s due diligence team. Ellen directs research…


Danielle Joseph

Investment Officer

Danielle is an Investment Officer with Closed Loop Partners, responsible for managing the Closed Loop Ventures Pipeline and supporting underwriting, investment activities, and portfolio management across Closed Loop funds.  Danielle has four years of experience in environmental-sector growth equity investing…


Kate Daly

Center for the Circular Economy

Kate Daly is Executive Director of the Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners. The Center, which launches in 2018, incubates innovative startups and links entrepreneurs to academia, industry, and government in order to advance the transition from a linear take, make, waste economy…

Martin Aares

Managing Director

Martin is a veteran sustainability investor with a strong track record in private equity, venture capital and project finance.  He has co-founded two investment funds and held leadership positions in several growth companies.  He spent nine years at Novus Energy Partners, a clean energy growth equity firm he co-founded in 2007…

Alicia Mandelkow

Alicia Mandelkow

Chief of Staff

As Chief of Staff, Alicia manages the coordination of initiatives across Closed Loop Partners, contributes to special projects and partnerships and supports due diligence and portfolio management of the Closed Loop investments and prospective investments.  Prior to joining the Closed Loop team, Alicia served…

Luba Shabal

Director, Research & Due Diligence

Luba supports due diligence and research projects for Closed Loop Partners. She is an environmental engineer and prior to joining Closed Loop Partners worked at Covanta, focusing on the recycling of metals, and at EcoStandard Group as a sustainability consultant. She graduated…

Daniel Liswood

Director, NextGen Consortium

Daniel is the Director of the NextGen Consortium at Closed Loop Partners. Daniel brings a decade of experience advancing corporate sustainability programs and climate change mitigation solutions with Fortune 500 clients, real estate owners and investment managers, NGOs, and local…

Georgia Sherwin

Communications Associate

As Communications Associate, Georgia works on spreading the word about Closed Loop Partners and its work in the development of the circular economy and the impact investing space. Prior to joining Closed Loop Partners, Georgia worked in Business Development and Marketing at…



Bruce Usher

Bruce Usher is The Elizabeth B. Strickler ’86 and Mark T. Gallogly ’86 Faculty Director of the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School in New York City, where he teaches MBA students on the intersection of finance, social and environmental issues. Professor Usher is a recipient of the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. From 2002 to 2009, Usher was CEO…


Fred P. Keller

Fred P. Keller is Chairman and CEO of Cascade Engineering, a leading multi-business manufacturer in the transportation, office furniture, renewable energy and recycling industries, primarily with plastic injection molded products with 1000 employees in five U.S. and Europe locations. A materials science engineer by training, Keller founded the Company in 1973…


Brett Jenks

Brett Jenks is the CEO of RARE Conservation. Based in Arlington, Virginia, Brett oversees Rare’s global effort to equip people in the world’s most biologically diverse areas with the tools and motivation they need to protect their natural resources. Brett leads Rare’s organizational development, from strategic planning to program development and fundraising…


Mark Cirilli

Mark Cirilli is Co-founder, Managing Director of Mission Point Capital. He leads MissionPoint’s overall strategy and chairs the firm’s investment committee. In addition, Mark serves as a managing director and is member of the investment committee for MissionPoint Capital Partners, a private equity firm he cofounded that specializes in clean energy and that is an affiliate of MissionPoint…


Karine Khatcherian

Karine Khatcherian has a multi-faceted background in business and project development, deal execution, origination, and research/strategy. She co-leads NewWorld Capital Group’s investments in Environmental Opportunities and brings a strong record of successful investments in the power, renewables and infrastructure sectors, having led or participated in due diligence…



Rob Kaplan

Co-Founder and Managing Director

Rob is Founder and CEO of Circulate Capital, an impact investment management firm dedicated to financing companies, projects, and infrastructure that prevent the flow of plastic waste to the world’s ocean and advance the circular economy. Prior to Circulate Capital, Rob co-founded and was…

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