Mitchell Lench, Treetops Capital
Mitchell Lench founded Treetops Capital in 2008 to help small businesses succeed. He runs Treetops Capital’s fund management businesses in sustainable agriculture and aquaculture. Lench is also responsible for co-management of the Gawa Microfinance Fund, which invests in rural and agricultural-focused microfinance and financial institutions focused on small and medium enterprises across the developing world. Prior to founding Treetops Capital, he was managing director in the structured finance group at Bank of America’s investment bank in London. He then joined Credit Suisse in New York where he ran global syndicate and a multi-billion dollar trading book. He earned a master’s degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a BS from the State University of New York at Binghamton. More recently, he served as an advisor at the 2015 Fish 2.0 conference in San Francisco, where he helped select and pool viable, impact-oriented seafood businesses for investors to consider for investment. He moved to Maine in 2010 and lives in Cape Elizabeth with his wife, two children, and their dog, Skylar.