Elsa Cortijo

Senior Manager, Business Development

At Root Capital, I’m responsible for supporting our credit team by researching new industries, markets, and products to find potential business opportunities in Latin America. I also generate alliances with other stakeholders to deepen our impact and lead client marketing for Latin America. My background in rural development gave me a solid understanding of the unique challenges and needs faced by agricultural businesses and smallholder farmers. I enjoy contributing to an organization that’s committed to working with these people when others won’t, offering finance and training with a bottom line of community-level impact. I recall meeting the staff of a tiny cooperative that was initially too small to qualify for financing, and watching them grow over several years into a strong business that produces incredibly high-quality coffee. It’s stories of impact like these that make me excited to go to work!