Our Team

Our team is comprised of former industry CEOs, CFOs, senior executives of government agencies and fund managers with an average of 20+ years of operational and investment experience.

Closed Loop Partners

Ron Gonen

CEO

Ron is the Founder and CEO of Closed Loop Partners, a New York-based investment firm comprised of venture capital, growth equity, private equity, catalytic…

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Bridget Croke

Managing Director

Bridget leads external affairs including investor partnerships, industry partnerships, communications and special projects at Closed Loop Partners.

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Kate Daly

Managing Director

Kate leads the Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners, an innovation center for research, analysis and collaboration to accelerate the transition to…

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Michael Gajewski

Managing Director

Michael is on the management teams of the Closed Loop Leadership Fund and Closed Loop Infrastructure Fund.

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Talia Jarvis

Chief Legal, Compliance & Administrative Officer

Talia is the Chief Legal, Compliance and Administrative Officer at Closed Loop Partners, overseeing the legal, human resources and compliance teams across the firm. 

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Danielle Joseph

Managing Director

Danielle is the Managing Director of the Closed Loop Ventures Group, the seed and pre-seed investment division of Closed Loop Partners…

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Jessica Long

CSO & Managing Director

Jessica leads strategic initiatives across Closed Loop Partners, working across all investment platforms…

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Jennifer Louie

Managing Director

Jennifer is responsible for managing Closed Loop Partners’ debt investment funds.

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Herb Northrop

Managing Director, Development

Herb is an industry veteran with more than 42 years of experience in the recycling, environmental and waste industry.

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Boaz Schweiger

Managing Director

Boaz is a Managing Director at Closed Loop Partners and works as a Venture Partner with the Closed Loop Ventures Group investment team…

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Tazia Smith

COO & Managing Director

Tazia Smith is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) & Head of Capital Partnerships at Closed Loop Partners, responsible for…

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Erik Avni

Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance & Accounting

Erik is the Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance & Accounting for Closed Loop Partners. He has been with the company since its inception and is responsible for all…

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Alicia Mandelkow

Chief of Staff

As Chief of Staff, Alicia manages the day to day operations of the company, including Human Resources and IT.

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Amy Wagner

CFO & EVP of Business Development & Operations

Amy is the Chief Financial Officer of Closed Loop Partners and the Executive Vice President of Business Development and Operations at Circular Services…

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Renée Winters

Senior Business Operations Consultant

Renée joins the Closed Loop Partners team as a Senior Business Operations Consultant. Renée brings…

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Elena Spinelli

VP Accounting, Circular Services

Elena is Vice President of Accounting at Circular Services, Closed Loop Partners’ operating group and the largest privately held recycling company in the U.S.

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Kim Tran

Executive Director, Operations & Development

Kim is the Executive Director of Operations and Development at Closed Loop Partners’ Center for Circular Economy, an innovation center for…

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Daniel Liswood

Senior Project Director

Daniel is a Senior Project Director at the Center for the Circular Economy where he manages the NextGen Consortium, a multi-year partnership of…

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Carol Lobel

Senior Director

Carolina is a Senior Director at our Center for the Circular Economy. Prior to joining Closed Loop Partners…

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Paula Luu

Senior Project Director

Paula is a Senior Project Director at the Center for the Circular Economy – Closed Loop Partners’ innovation center that leverages research…

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Sarah Pamplona Santos

Senior Project Director

Sarah is a Project Director for the Center for the Circular Economy, Closed Loop Partners’ innovation…

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Matt Pundmann

Senior Project Director

Matt is a Senior Project Director for the Center for the Circular Economy – Closed Loop Partners’ innovation center that leverages…

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Lauren Rodriguez

Senior Director, Partnerships​

Lauren is on the Corporate Partnerships team, where she supports relationship management and…

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Luba Shabal

Senior Director

Luba is head of Impact Measurement and Management, leading impact assessment and reporting for Closed Loop Partners’ portfolio companies across investment vehicles.

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Georgia Sherwin

Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships

Georgia works across platforms at Closed Loop Partners on strategic initiatives and partnerships, helping to connect the dots and facilitate…

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Michael Arnett

Director, Fund Finance & Accounting

Mike manages Closed Loop Partners’ investment funds’ accounting, financial reporting, taxation and compliance.

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Greg Budetti

Investor Relations Director

Greg is a Director on the Capital Partnerships team at Closed Loop Partners, focused on business development…

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George Freyermuth

Director of Investments, Circular Services

George is the Director of Investments at Circular Services – Closed Loop Partners’ operating group and the largest…

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Raymond Hugel

Director

Ray is responsible for supporting the activities of Closed Loop Partners’ private credit funds with a focus…

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Kate Krebs

Director of External Affairs

Kate leads the Closed Loop Beverage Fund’s efforts to leverage infrastructure investments across the country to drive forward a circular system for…

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Aakash Pai

Director of Strategic Finance

Aakash manages Closed Loop Partners’ growth plans, budgets and financial forecasts. 

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Jackson Pei

Director

Jackson is a Director on the Closed Loop Leadership Fund team. He supports the…

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Kristin Taylor

Director and Origination Lead

As Director and Origination Lead, Kristin is responsible for lead generation…

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Anh Giang

Project Innovation Director

As the Project Innovation Director at the Center for the Circular Economy, Anh leads innovation pilots and consumer behavior labs across…

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Bea Miñana

Communications Director

Bea leads communications at Closed Loop Partners, across all investment platforms and the Center for the Circular Economy…

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Bob Anderson

Vice President

Bob Anderson supports sales and operations for Closed Loop Commodities Group, as well as several of Closed Loop Partners’ portfolio companies.

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Tim Horchar

Director of Business Operations

Tim joined Closed Loop Partners as Director of Business Operations after serving on the SMR acquisition team…

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Stephen Klemann

Director of Sales

SK has over 27 years of experience in the solid waste/recycling industry, as an innovative, proactive leader…

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Meredith Vass

Director, People & Talent

Meredith Vass is the Director of People & Talent. She is responsible for recruiting talent while providing a stellar…

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Aly Bryan

Investor, Ventures Group

Aly is an Investor on the Closed Loop Ventures Group team –– the seed and pre-seed investment division…

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Anne-Marie Kaluz

Investor, Ventures Group

Anne-Marie works as an Investor on the Closed Loop Ventures Group team, focusing on seed and pre-seed investments that push forward…

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Malikah Mack

Senior Accountant, Circular Services

Malikah is on the Circular Services team, where she manages accounting for the operating group…

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Derek Trott

Senior Associate

Derek is an Associate on the Closed Loop Leadership Fund team. He supports the investment team in…

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Amanda Hendy

Venture Partner

Amanda joins the Closed Loop Ventures Group as a Venture Partner where she will be sourcing deals…

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Andrew McColm

Venture Partner

Andy works on the Closed Loop Ventures Group investment team to support sourcing, diligence, and portfolio…

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René Paula

Venture Partner

René works on the Closed Loop Venture Group investment team to support sourcing for U.S. consumer packaged goods companies.

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Caroline Barry

Program Manager

Caroline is a Program Manager at the Center for the Circular Economy, the firm’s innovation hub …

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Carol Grzych

Program Manager

Carol is a Program Manager at Closed Loop Partners’ Center for the Circular Economy, where she supports data analysis…

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Marissa Kostoglou

Program Manager

Marissa is a Program Manager for Closed Loops Partners’ Center for the Circular Economy, the firm’s innovation…

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Sonia Mahajan

Program Manager, Strategy & Engagement

Sonia is a Program Manager at Closed Loop Partners’ Center for the Circular Economy, working…

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Theresa Mullaley

Program Manager

Theresa will support data analysis and content creation across key priority areas of infrastructure, community engagement…

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Brendan Keefe

Analyst

Brendan works across the firm’s group of private credit and catalytic capital funds, and is involved in all aspects of the deal cycle…

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Lillian Childress

Associate

Lillian is our Circular Economy Strategy Associate, working on targeted growth opportunities …

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Utsab Roychowdhury

Associate

Utsab Roychowdhury is an Associate with Closed Loop Partners’ buyout private equity arm. He supports the investment team in all aspects of…

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Stephanie Boriskin

Office Manager, Operations & Compliance Associate

Stephanie manages the operational needs of and the office at Closed Loop Partners.

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Interns

Ioana Solomon

Closed Loop Ventures Group Intern

Ioana is an intern with Closed Loop Partners’ Ventures Group. She is currently a first-year MBA student at the Yale School…

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Advisors

Cherish Changala

Advisor, Closed Loop Infrastructure Fund

Cherish is the Vice President of Sustainability and Public Affairs for Revolution.

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Mark Cirilli

Advisor, Closed Loop Infrastructure Fund

Mark is Co-founder, Managing Director of Mission Point Capital. He leads MissionPoint’s…

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Bennett Cohen

Advisor

Bennett is an Advisor at Closed Loop Partners focused on advancing circular solutions for fashion, material innovation, supply chain technology, food & agriculture.

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Tom Frantz

Advisor

Tom is currently the Director of Advanced Materials Development at…

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Yuly Fuentes-Medel Ph.D.

Advisor, Closed Loop Ventures Group

Dr. Yuly Fuentes-Medel is an advisor to Closed Loop Partners’ work in the fashion industry. She catalyzes…

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Michael Jones

Advisor, Closed Loop Infrastructure Fund

Michael is Vice President, Lending Business Development at RSF.

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Fred P. Keller

Advisor, Closed Loop Infrastructure Fund

Fred is the Founder and Chair of Cascade Engineering which he started in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1973.

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Bruce Usher

Advisor, Closed Loop Infrastructure Fund

Bruce Usher is The Elizabeth B. Strickler ’86 and Mark T. Gallogly ’86 Faculty Director of the Social Enterprise…

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Careers

Interested in advancing the transition to a circular economy? Learn more about job opportunities at Closed Loop Partners.

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