Meet Our Team

We are a community of unconventional problem solvers. We’re humanitarians and environmentalists, philanthropists and investors, farmers and feminists.

These photos were taken at Root Capital's Global Retreat in 2015 in Cambridge.


Willy Foote

Willy Foote is founder and CEO of Root Capital, a nonprofit impact investor that offers farmers around the world a path to prosperity by investing in the agricultural businesses that serve as engines of impact in their communities. Root Capital provides these businesses with the capital, training, and access to markets they need in order to grow, thrive, and create…

Alexandra Tuinstra

Alexandra is responsible for overseeing our global Advisory program, working closely with our global Lending team to ensure both teams’ strategies and operations are aligned. Prior to joining Root Capital, Alexandra worked as Farmer Finance Manager at the Rainforest Alliance, and as Coordinator of SEFAS, a technical assistance program promoting financial services for sustainable agriculture. She holds a MSc. Development Studies with…

Brian Milder

Brian leads Root Capital’s research & development on new products and services, impact assessment, and field building. Prior to joining Root Capital, he worked as Boston site director for Health Leads (formerly Project HEALTH). He was also an entrepreneur-in-residence for the Nonprofit Enterprise and Self-sustainability Team (NESsT), which operates venture funds to incubate sustainable social enterprises in Latin America and…

Daniel Rivera

Daniel leads the ACCDER office in Peru. His experience and skills include financial analysis, project evaluation and monitoring and economic research. Previously, he worked as a financial manager at Rainforest Trading and as a loan analyst at Banco del Trabajo, both located in Peru. He holds a B.A. in economics from the Catholic University in Peru.

Fred Kiteng’e

Fred oversees lead generation, loan application processing, and client relationship management in East and Southern Africa. Previously, he worked at GroFin as a senior business development manager and at Standard Chartered Bank as a small and medium enterprise manager. He holds a B.S. in banking from the University of Kenya.

Jared Chase

As the Chief Operating Officer, Jared is responsible for overseeing Root Capital’s accounting, reporting, budgeting, financial planning and analysis, treasury, governance, information technology, enterprise risk and compliance activities. Prior to joining Root Capital, Jared held multiple senior management roles at State Street Corporation, including Chairman of State Street Global Alliance, Head of Global Treasury, Liability Management, Money Markets & Derivatives, and Managing Director…

Mireille William

As Advisory Services Manager, Mireille leads our Advisory operations in West Africa, including implementing projects in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation and Partners in Food Solutions. Previously, she served as the CEO of SEMFIN, a Senegalese microfinance institution providing financial and non-financial services to entrepreneurs living in rural areas. In addition, she held several positions at Citibank including Head of Cash…

Amy Mullen

Since early on in college, I knew that I wanted to work in nonprofits in order to explore my interests in global development and sustainable environmental management. As I began my career with the Sierra Club in 1998, I saw the important role that fundraising and donor stewardship played in the success of an organization and its ability to accomplish…