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Liesel Pritzker Simmons bio

Liesel Pritzker

Co-Founder & Principal

Liesel Pritzker Simmons is Co-Founder and Principal of Blue Haven Initiative, where she oversees, as an investment strategist, a portfolio focused on holdings that generate competitive financial returns and address social and environmental challenges. The portfolio spans asset classes, from traditional equities and direct investments to philanthropic programs.

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Ian Simmons Bio


Co-Founder & Principal

Ian Simmons is Co-Founder and Principal of Blue Haven Initiative, where he oversees a portfolio focused on investments that generate competitive financial returns and address social and environmental challenges.

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Kelly Escobedo Bio


Managing Director

Kelly Escobedo is Managing Director at Blue Haven Initiative, where she is responsible for overseeing the deployment of capital across the family office’s asset classes, from traditional equities and direct investments to real assets, such as real estate.

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Dave Horwich


Managing Director

Dave Horwich is Managing Director of Blue Haven Civics. He has deep experience in issue advocacy, political engagement, and building issues-based social impact movements.

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Alecia Carey
Executive Assistant to Ian Simmons

Alecia provides administrative and executive support to Ian, including scheduling, travel arrangements and handling information requests. She helps make sure everything is well-organized and completed in a timely manner.

Guillermo Creamer Jr. Bio
Creamer Jr.
Special Projects Associate

Guillermo brings a diversity-forward point of view to his work with the Blue Haven civic and youth engagement portfolios. He helps drive projects that encourage and support voter registration.

Lauren Farello
Senior Operations Associate

Lauren manages special projects for Blue Haven’s portfolios and builds partnerships within and beyond the organization. She supports the Managing Director of Operations.

Beverly Hellner Bio
Operations Coordinator

Beverly manages day-to-day operations at Blue Haven, including project and expense management. She also assists donor-advised fund accounting and execution.

Hari Joy
Senior Associate

Hari works closely with the mission-driven companies in Blue Haven Ventures’ direct investments portfolio while sourcing and conducting due diligence on potential investment opportunities for the firm.

Nick Panagiotou Bio
Operations Assistant

Nick provides administrative support to the Blue Haven executive team, including scheduling, travel arrangements and event coordination. He keeps the office humming.

Simon Thompson
Associate Director of Civics

Simon works on Blue Haven Civics projects aimed at strengthening democracy, driving positive policy change and creating a fairer economy. 

Daniel Wanjira
Strategic Initiatives Analyst

Daniel helps drive Blue Haven’s process for grantmaking and philanthropic investments, from pipeline-building to due diligence and portfolio management. He serves as a point of contact for business partners, grantees, consultants and co-funders and works on strategy development. 

Beza Zenebe
Special Projects Officer

Beza supports the Blue Haven Civics team on projects that promote youth civic engagement, reduce corruption in politics and strengthen democracy. She also oversees the firm’s internship program.

Our Advisors

Blue Haven’s impact investing journey began with an equity portfolio assembled and managed by traditional investment advisors. Transitioning to a portfolio aligned with the values and family-legacy prerogatives of Blue Haven’s founders without sacrificing financial returns required extensive input from best-in-class advisors steeped in innovative approaches to investing. Today, Blue Haven’s dedicated in-house team and its advisors work on sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities that create positive change and deliver financial returns.

Michael Barry Bio
Michael Barry
Senior Advisor

Michael joined Georgetown University as Chief Investment Officer in June 2011 and oversees the university’s investment portfolios, including its endowment and retirement plan. In addition, Michael coordinates the university’s Committee on Investments and Social Responsibility.

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Renée Beaumont
Renée Beaumont
Senior Advisor

Ms. Renée Beaumont is a former Partner at Generation Investment Management, a firm that focuses on sustainable capitalism. Prior to joining Generation in 2015, Ms. Beaumont served as Managing Director and Global Head of Business Development at Providence Equity Partners LLC where she oversaw all business development, marketing and investor relations activities globally across its private equity and credit platforms.

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Lauren Cochran Bio
Lauren Cochran
Senior Advisor

Lauren Cochran is Vice President of the Office of Equity and Investment Funds at the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, America’s development bank. DFC finances solutions to the most critical challenges facing the developing world.

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Chris Jurgens
Chris Jurgens
Senior Advisor

As a Director for Omidyar Network’s Reimagining Capitalism team, Chris leads the firm’s strategy and portfolio of work focused on how corporations and capital markets can contribute to a more inclusive capitalism.

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Chad Larson
Chad Larson, CFA
Senior Advisor

Chad Larson has served as a Senior Advisor to Blue Haven Initiative since 2018. Since 2019, Chad has served as CEO of Kopo Kopo Inc, a leading fintech based in Nairobi, providing payment and credit services for over 20,000 Kenyan businesses.

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Paul Tregidgo
Paul Tregidgo
Senior Advisor

Paul Tregidgo is former Vice Chairman - Debt CapitalMarkets of Credit Suisse based in New York. He obtained his law degree from Downing College Cambridge. He currently serves on the Board of ACCION International, the Advisory Board of the Center for Financial Inclusion and the Council of Global Advisors, Yale School of Management.

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Investing for impact

Blue Haven Co-Founders Liesel Pritzker Simmons and Ian Simmons and their team invest with high standards and expectations across asset classes.

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