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.

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