Meet the Team

Janice Shade

The Initiative for Local Capital

Janice is a social entrepreneur and financial innovator who, after 17 years climbing the corporate ladder, set out as an entrepreneur to create new models for conscious commerce. Since 2006, she’s launched or co-founded for-profit and non-profit ventures that share common themes of economic justice and local economic resiliency, including Local First Vermont, TrueBody Products, Milk Money, and the National Coalition for Community Capital. Her latest venture is The Initiative for Local Capital, an innovation lab to explore, test, and share programs that promote economic justice for all.

Eric Becker

Clean Yield Asset Mgmt

Eric manages client portfolios and oversees Clean Yield Asset Management’s investment and portfolio management discipline. Eric has been engaged in social and environmental investing since 1993. He joined Clean Yield in 2009 after 16 years as an equity analyst and portfolio manager for Trillium Asset Management in Boston. Eric is a founding member of the Slow Money movement and co-founded Slow Money Boston and Slow Money Vermont, which seek to connect investors and entrepreneurs in the service of building a healthier and more robust food system.

 

Lane Fury

Co-op Fund of New England

Lane joined the CFNE team in 2017 as a loan and outreach officer covering Vermont and New Hampshire. After graduating from the University of Washington in 2012, Lane began diving into alternative finance as a collective member of Regenerative Finance and member leader with Resource Generation and then working in microfinance at a CDFI in Vermont for two years. 

Simeon Chapin

VSECU

Simeon conceptualizes, directs, and implements a comprehensive and diverse community presence and engagement strategy in alignment with VSECU’s mission, vision, values, and brand. Prior to VSECU, Simeon was Director of Communications & Sales at Farmers to You, and Communications Officer at the Institute for Sustainable Communities. He is a Board Member of Vermont Heritage Financial Group. 

 

Cindy Delgatto

Windham Grows

Cindy Delgatto is the Program Manager for Windham Grows where she shares her deep community roots and genuine belief in the power of relationships. Cindy is a multifaceted professional who has enjoyed the diversity and creativity of working in hospitality and food industries, shared the passion for craftsmanship in the wine and spirits business and most recently has served as a regional workforce developer for individuals with barriers to employment. One common thread is her commitment to excellence in service and a mission to create connected spaces for people and businesses to thrive.  Cindy is a proud member of the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary and serves on the Executive Board of the Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce.  Originally from the Catskill Mountains, Cindy and her husband Leonard happily call Brattleboro home and when she is not organizing, planning or collaborating in her community she is spending time with her three grown children, one very spoiled dog, in her vintage camper exploring new place or grounded in her garden.

Will Belongia

VT Community Loan Fund

Will has served VT Community Loan Fund as Executive Director since 2004, and prior to that was Chief Financial Officer of VCLF for 11 years. Will is a Council Member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Board Member of the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative in VT, and Governing Board Member of Vermont Rural Ventures.

Karin Chamberlain

Clean Yield Asset Mgmt

Karin oversees the research and implementation of Clean Yield’s alternative and community investments, focusing on food and agriculture in Vermont and Greater New England. She started her career in sustainable investing in 1997 as a social research intern at Trillium Asset Management while pursuing her master’s at Tufts University. After graduation, she spent 10 years with KLD Research & Analytics. Karin is a council member of the Vermont Women’s Fund.