Jessica Long Joins Closed Loop Partners as CSO & Managing Director


January 25, 2021

The investment and innovation firm is focused on the development of the circular economy.

January 25  – Jessica Long, former Managing Director of Sustainability & Responsible Business at Accenture, has joined circular economy investment and innovation firm Closed Loop Partners as Chief Strategy Officer & Managing Director. Jessica will be managing strategic projects, expanding partnerships with corporate partners and advising portfolio companies on their growth.

Most recently, Long led Accenture’s sustainability and responsible business practice across North America, helping companies in resources, food, fashion and technology advance their ESG goals, drive economic value through responsible business and scale circular business models. In addition to working with Fortune 500 companies, she drove multi-stakeholder efforts with the World Economic Forum and the United Nations Global Compact. Prior to that role, Jessica was based in East Africa, leading the company’s work at the intersection of business, international development and emerging markets.

Long has authored several papers and studies, including the recently published book The Circular Economy Handbook: Realizing the Circular Advantage. She is a regular contributor to the World Economic Forum and her work on circular economy and sustainable business has been featured in CIO, Harvard Business Review, Global Finance, GreenBiz, Bloomberg, ICIS, Disruptor League, Forbes and several podcasts.

“Jessica will deepen and expand our ability to drive value for our investors and portfolio companies,” says Ron Gonen, CEO of Closed Loop Partners. “As market forces and growing consumer demand drive the transition to a circular economy, we are thrilled to have Jessica join the Closed Loop Partners team in advancing the strategic growth of the firm.”

Closed Loop Partners is a New York-based investment firm comprised of venture capital, growth equity, private equity and project finance, as well as an innovation center focused on building the circular economy. By providing an arc of capital, the firm accelerates the growth of early-stage companies through to established companies, bridging gaps and fostering synergies to scale the circular economy. The firm has built an ecosystem that connects entrepreneurs, industry experts, global consumer goods companies, retailers, financial institutions and municipalities.