Meet Japhet Koteen, SMNW’s Project Manager

Slow Money NW was overwhelmed with the quality of applicants interested in our recent Project Manager opening. We are excited to have chosen Japhet Koteen who has jumped in with a pickaxe and shovel to keep things moving forward at this increasingly fast speed.

Japhet traces his affinity for local food to his childhood on a multi-crop goat farm in rural Oregon. Over the last decade he has started several businesses including a restaurant, hotel, real estate and renewable energy ventures.  He also spent five years working for local community real estate sage, Ron Sher.  He joined Slow Money to try to foster sustainability at the nexus of food, farms, people and finance.

He currently manages the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Individual Development Account (BFRIDA) and New Farmer Loan programs for Slow Money NW, and is working on a food/farm equity investment fund model.  He consults on land use planning and urban development.

Japhet holds a BS in Engineering from Swarthmore College and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Washington.

Slow Money PDX followup

Thanks to all who attended our first Portland event. The NedSpace was perfect, the Hotlips Catering food was yummy, and the presentations exciting and enticing. Thanks again to One PacificCoast Bank for helping sponsor the event.

Just over 40 people attended the event. We had bankers, foundations, equity capital and asset management firms, individual investors, non-profit partners, and our four presenting enterprises. We of course gave an overview of what we are doing and what we see as some emerging national trends. You can download the Slow Money PDX presentation here.

We also found a local lead for Slow Money efforts in Portland. Mailaka Maphalala is the perfect intersection of various efforts in Portland with her Natural Investments work, her partnership with LIONS co-founder and fellow adviser at Natural Investments, James Frazier, her connections with Springboard Innovations, and her genuine enthusiasm for Slow Money efforts around the country.

Malaika has already started planning for the next event in mid June. If you are interested in presenting please Slow Money NW.

Portland event presenters

The Portland event is almost full, only about 5 seats left. If there are any accredited investors out there still interested in attending please contact us. To those who are not accredited, sorry! Please see our post about why this event is structured this way.

We have four exciting businesses to share Wednesday evening:

Thank you to our sponsor One PacificCoast Bank for helping to offset event costs, and for doing the work they do around beneficial banking.

And thank you to NedSpace for donating the space for our event.