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ABOUT US

Closed Loop Partners is an investment firm focused on building the circular economy. We are reimagining the current linear system, in which billions of dollars are spent annually to landfill valuable commodities, to create circular supply chains that reduce costs, generate revenue, and protect our environment.

Investors include many of the world’s largest consumer goods companies and family offices interested in investments that provide strong financial returns and tangible social impact.

FROM LINEAR

Linear supply chains are costly, susceptible to volatility and harmful to our environment.

TO CIRCULAR

Circular supply chains reduce costs, provide pricing stability and protect our environment.

OUR TEAM

Our team is comprised of industry CEOs, CFOs, investors and former heads of government agencies that have experience across the entire value chain, from design and manufacturing through to collection, sortation and processing of products at end-of-life.  

Ron Gonen

Ron Gonen

Co-Founder and CEO

Ron is the Co-Founder and CEO of Closed Loop Partners, an investment firm focused on the development of the circular economy via investments in sustainable consumer goods and packaging companies, innovative recycling technologies and advanced supply chains. Investors include many of the world’s largest…

Maite Quinn

Maite Quinn

Managing Director

Maite 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…

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…

Michael Gajewski

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 Closed Loop Partners, Michael served 16 years as Chief Financial Officer of Canusa Corporation.  Canusa is a diversified paper, packaging and…

Kate Daly

Kate Daly

Managing Director

Kate is a Managing Director at Closed Loop Partners where she leads our Center for the Circular Economy. The Center is a hub for business acceleration, investment, and research in packaging, food, the built environment, electronics and apparel & textiles and seeks to advance the transition from a linear…

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Caroline Brown

Managing Director

Caroline Brown is a Managing Director at Closed Loop Partners. In this role, she leads the practice for fashion and beauty across investment platforms. Caroline has spent over two decades in the fashion industry. Most recently she was CEO of Donna Karan International (DKI) and DKNY, for LVMH…

Bridget Croke

Bridget Croke

VP, External Affairs

Bridget leads external affairs including investor partnerships, partnerships, communications and special projects at 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…
Bob Milligan

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…

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 Closed Loop Partner’s investments and prospective investments.  Prior to joining…

Allison Shapiro

Executive Director

Allison is responsible for strategic partnerships, capital formation, and fund structuring at Closed Loop Partners. Prior to Closed Loop Partners, Allison spent eight years at J.P. Morgan in structured finance and origination, most recently leading the Corporate & Investment…

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 Fortune 500’s (Nestle, Swiss Re) emerging market strategies to capture growth potential from Asia. At Swiss Re, she led strategic initiatives to promote…

Danielle Joseph

Danielle Joseph

Investment Officer

Danielle is responsible for managing Closed Loop Ventures – an investment fund focused on early stage innovations in the circular economy.  Prior to Closed Loop Partners, Danielle worked on project finance activities with Invex Infraestructura and…

Erik Avni

Controller

Erik is the Controller for Closed Loop Partners and has been with the company since its inception and is responsible for all accounting and tax functions across all the Closed Loop companies. Erik is a CPA with over 23 years of public accounting experience and  4 years in government accounting working…

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…

Allison Sellers

Investment Associate

Allison is an Investment Associate with Closed Loop Partners, responsible for assisting the senior investment management team in the appraisal and execution of investment opportunities across Closed Loop funds. Allison has five and a half years of experience in credit risk management at…

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…

Paula Luu

Project Director

Paula is a Project Director for the Center for the Circular Economy – an R&D, innovation, and investment hub that works with a global network of brands, academia, municipalities, and investors to advance the circular economy…

Jessica Schreiber

Advisor

Jessica Schreiber is an advisor to Closed Loop Partners’ work in the fashion industry. Jessica has worked with New York City’s textile recycling systems for over 8 years as Founder of FABSCRAP and as a Senior Manager…

Hannah Friedman

Investment Intern

Hannah is an Investment Intern at Closed Loop Ventures. She assists with pipeline management, evaluation of prospective companies’ business models, and impact reporting. Outside of Closed Loop, Hannah is the co-founder and Director of Finance for TEDxColumbiaUniversity…

Ben Usher

Intern

Ben is an Intern for Closed Loop Partners. He assists in plastic public policy research and supports the CMC team in operations. Outside of Closed Loop Partners, Ben is on the executive board of the Young Democrats, and a founder of the Invest, Trade, Profit club at Emory University…

Raj Bagaria

Investment Intern

Raj is an Investment Intern for Closed Loop Partners. He works with the CLF team on communicating with upcoming companies, assisting in due diligence for potential investment prospects, and working on pipeline development activities.

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Bruce Usher

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

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

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

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

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…

JOIN THE TEAM

Interested in advancing the transition to a circular economy? Explore our careers page here

Whether you’re an investor looking to support the next innovations in recycling or someone with a project you want to grow with the help of a loan, we’d love to hear from you

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