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Catherine Gill

As Root Capital's Vice President of Investor Relations, Catherine manages debt and philanthropy fundraising efforts at Root Capital. Previously, she served as director for the Capital Partners division of the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) and as site director for the agency’s New England region. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Boston University’s School of Management. Catherine holds an M.B.A from the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa (IESE) in Barcelona and a B.A. in ancient Greek from Wellesley College.


What's It Like to Run a Coffee Business?

Posted by Catherine Gill  |  Jun 18, 2016 7:30:00 AM

A look at the challenges and decisions that agricultural entrepreneurs experience over the course of a year. 



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Topics: Mexico and Central America, Stories of Impact, Livelihoods

Sustainable Agriculture Depends on Women

Posted by Catherine Gill  |  Jul 23, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Classic Foods

Stella Kimemia of Classic Foods | photo credit: Partners in Food Solutions

Note: This post orginally appeared on the Rachel's Network blog.

It’s an inspiring thing to see a woman-led business increasing livelihoods for women farmers and employees in parts of the world that markets struggle to reach. It’s even more powerful when that business does so while having a positive impact on the physical environment.

At Root Capital, investing in those kinds of businesses – high-impact, gender-inclusive, focused on agriculture – is our sweet spot. We provide loans and capacity-building services to these enterprises in Africa, Asia and Latin America, giving them the critical capital they need, but all too often cannot access, to grow their business and scale their impact.

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Topics: East Africa, Women in Agriculture, Environment

Turning $1 into $5: How Building “Equity” Unlocks Long-Term Impact

Posted by Catherine Gill  |  Jun 15, 2015 4:56:00 PM

“It feels like a scourge from God,” said 58-year-old coffee farmer Nicholas Pineda as we inspected rows of diseased coffee bushes on his farm in remote Santa Barbara, Honduras. Like thousands of other coffee farms across Latin America, Nicolas’ 18-year-old farm was hit with “coffee leaf rust,” a fungus that, over the last several years, has reduced large swaths of verdant coffee country to fields of spindly, leafless plants and has caused more than $1 billion in economic damages.

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Topics: Stories of Impact, Our Community

David Brooks on the Promise of Social Capitalism

Posted by Catherine Gill  |  Feb 2, 2015 3:30:28 PM


We wanted to make sure you saw that you saw David Brooks' recent New York Times Op-Ed on impact investing. This as an important validation of the support you, Root Capital's investors, donors and friends provide, and the impact that this special blend of capital achieves.

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Topics: Our Community

From Inspiration to Action: Celebrating International Women's Day

Posted by Catherine Gill  |  Mar 10, 2014 4:15:00 PM

Producer members of the Savannah Fruits Company, a shea butter cooperative in Ghana

Producer members of Root Capital client Savannah Fruits Company, a shea butter cooperative in Ghana

Early last week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center, the United Nations Office for Partnerships, and Business Call to Action hosted their annual International Women’s Day Forum, a daylong event at the United Nations marking International Women’s Day, which the UN formally established in 1977. The purpose of the annual Forum is to advance global efforts related to women’s economic empowerment. 

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Topics: Women in Agriculture, West Africa, Our Community

Women in Agriculture Series: The Changing Role of Women in Coffee – Part 2

Posted by Catherine Gill  |  Jan 8, 2014 10:02:12 AM

Wesley Weissberg (left) interviewed women leaders and producers working in the coffee industry while in Guatemala.

Wesley Weissberg (left) interviewed women leaders and producers working in the coffee industry while in Guatemala.

Last October, we shared the first audio story in a two part series produced Wesley Weissberg, a longtime supporter of Root Capital and advocate of our Women in Agriculture Initiative.

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Topics: Peace, Women in Agriculture, Mexico and Central America, Livelihoods