TRELLIS CAPITAL L3C — Fund Manager
Trellis Capital L3C was established by Kevin Egolf to fund, promote, support and manage sustainable, responsible, regenerative, impact investments. As the manager of Local Farms Fund, Trellis Capital L3C handles the day-to-day operations of the fund including fundraising, internal accounting and farmer diligence. Trellis Capital L3C reports to directly to a Board of Directors.
Kevin Egolf is an impact investing professional focusing his efforts on socially responsible farmland investing. His passion for sustainable agriculture and extensive finance background naturally led him into the growing impact investing field and towards agriculture. Through Iroquois Valley Farms, a leader in triple bottom line impact farmland investing, and Local Farms Fund, an early stage farmer land access venture in the NY Foodshed, Kevin helps investors achieve financial returns while providing social and environmental benefits alongside the investment gains. As a Co-Founder and Manager of Local Farms Fund, Kevin is bringing his extensive impact investing experience to a small scale and for local early stage farmers. Local Farms Fund is opening the doors of private investments to all investors, including non-accredited, following the principles of Slow Money.
Jesse Voremberg hails from Brooklyn where he lives in a sea of concrete and constantly longs for days out on pasture. His passion for farming grew from several international volunteering stints on farms, and truly blossomed after a yearlong livestock apprenticeship at Glynwood in the Hudson Valley. Following a seven-month foray into whole animal butchery, he switched gears and put on a white collar. Currently working for Happy Valley Meat Company, whose mission is to improve the lives of the people and animals that feed us, he spends most of his days talking to chefs about why they shouldn't use commodity meat. At Local Farms Fund, Jesse uses his experience working within the local food system, to spread the word about the work LFF does for farmers, their communities, and land. When not talking to people about meat or impact investing, you can find Jesse in the rock climbing gym or at the movies.
Board Of Directors
Steve Fondiller (Chairperson) -
Steve Fondiller is Chair of the Board of Local Farms Fund. He led the committee that created LFF. His other investments focus on sustainability, fair trade, social justice and similar positive impacts. Integrating impact values into social enterprise DNA and practices are among his special interests.
His secular activism has spanned from divestment from South Africa, to opposition to nuclear power, to support for fair trade. Steve was in the Unitarian Universalist ministry (early supporter of AIDS awareness and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights) and was a librarian. He has been an expert for the Food + Enterprise Summit and Foodstand Spotlight. He is a member of Foodshed Investors NY and has been a member of Slow Money since 2010. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School, a Master of Library and Information Science from St. John’s University (NY), and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Vassar College. Steve lives in the lower Hudson Valley.
Kevin Egolf (Manager Seat)
Aileen Gribbin -
Aileen Gribbin, a Partner at Forsyth since 2007, has over 20 years of experience in the affordable housing and community development field, including positions with government agencies, not-for-profit development organizations and the nation’s first affordable housing REIT. Since joining Forsyth, she has been a development and financial advisor on over $1 billion in affordable housing development and preservation transactions for a broad range of both for-profit and not-for-profit clients. Prior to joining Forsyth, she was an Associate Commissioner with the NYC Department of Housing, Preservation & Development where she was responsible for the executive management of the agency’s Division of Housing Finance. Aileen has a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from the New York University Stern School of Business, a Master of Urban Planning degree in Housing Policy from Hunter College of the City University of New York and a Bachelor of Science degree in Resource Economics from Cornell University. Ms. Gribbin is currently also serving on the Board of Citizen’s Housing and Planning Council, and the New York State Association for Affordable Housing.
David Llewellyn -
Dave is the Director of Farm Stewardship at Glynwood, an agricultural non-profit in Cold Spring, NY. He is responsible for Glynwood’s farm apprentice program and serves start-up farm businesses through the Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator. Dave also contributes to regional farm education and land access efforts, and develops Glynwood's land use strategies to ensure best management practices. Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Susquehanna University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Purchase College.
Stephen Filler -
Steve Filler, an attorney with business and financing expertise, has a deep commitment to sustainable agriculture. He leads legal and business development at Joule Assets, a firm focusing on energy reduction, community choice aggregation and community solar. He has worked with start-ups, established businesses, investors and non-profits to create innovative legal/financing structures aligning the interests of businesses and stakeholders. Steve co-founded CSRHub which provides corporate social responsibility ratings of nearly 5,000 companies.
Jeffrey Potent -
Jeffrey Potent, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs, teaches corporate sustainable development, sustainable agriculture, and related subjects at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and the Earth Institute. Mr. Potent advises graduate students, contributes to the Columbia University Seminar Series on Sustainable Finance, serves on several non-profit boards and hosted an annual forum on sustainable agriculture. He consults and speaks publicly on corporate and agricultural sustainability and water quality. Mr. Potent formerly led corporate partnerships for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Water in Washington DC. Earlier in his career, he served as EPA/US Department of Agriculture (USDA) liaison and regional director of the USDA National Integrated Water Quality Program, facilitating collaboration among Land Grant Universities, EPA, USDA, industry associations and other agencies and universities.
Timothy Biello (Farmer Seat) -
Tim began farming in 2006. He has worked on and managed farms in the Adirondacks, in Central New York and in the Hudson Valley. Tim started farming with draft horses in 2009 and bought his first team in 2010. If he's not on the farm, Tim loves swimming in the Hudson River and visiting his family in Ticonderoga (where, if possible, he'll be swimming and cliff jumping in Lake George). Otherwise, he's probably on the farm.