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 the Managing Director of Business Operations at Iroquois Valley Farms, Kevin was integral in growing the company from six farms when he joined to over 20 and tripling the number of investors (as of January 2015). As a Co-Founder and Manager of Local Farms Fund, Kevin is bringing the Iroquois Valley Farms investment model on a small scale to 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.
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 Farmer Training at Glynwood, an agricultural non-profit in Cold Spring, NY. He is responsible for Glynwood’s farm apprentice program and the Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator. Dave also contributes to regional farm education and land access efforts, and coordinates on-farm composting and soil fertility for Glynwood’s vegetable operation, pastures and hayfields. 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 financing firm focusing on energy reduction. He has worked with start-ups, established businesses, investors and non-profits to create innovative legal/financing structures aligning the interests of businesses and all stakeholders. Steve co-founded CSRHub which provides corporate social responsibility ratings of nearly 5,000 companies.
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.