Slow Money NYC (SMNYC) is a start-up non-profit network organization, part of a national Slow Money movement. SMNYC is managed by a part-time Network Coordinator and a volunteer Board of Directors installed formally in January 2016 after acting as an Advisory Board since 2011.

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Our Board

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Claude Arpels

After spending 20 years in fashion and luxury businesses, Claude chose to dedicate himself to his interests in food, the environment, social enterprise, and the arts. He has become an avid impact angel investor, particularly in businesses with a sustainable food and agriculture mission. Claude is the Co-Chair of Slow Money NYC and a founding member of Foodshed Investors New York, which recently merged with Investors Circle. He also serves as Board President of International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the nation’s pre-eminent contemporary music ensemble.

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Derek Denckla

Derek Denckla is the principal and founder of Denckla Projects, launchpad for several social impact enterprises, a multi-media arts and curatorial practice and sustainable business advisory services. Derek was co-founder of Slow Money NYC, serving as its Director from 2011-2016, spearheading many of our unique educational and investing platforms, including Good Food Spotlight, Food + Enterprise Summit (2012-16) and Foodshed Investors of NY (now operating as the Food Committee of Investors Circle NY). Currently, Derek is enrolled in an Masters of Fine Art in Creative Writing at the New School for Social Research, where he hopes to develop his inter-disciplinary practice of poetics embracing visual art, movement and music.

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Christine Rico

Christine Rico, co-chair, is a social entrepreneur, growth strategist and financial consultant to growth phase businesses with a social impact mission. Her company, CFO on Speed Dial, helps food companies improve profits while they innovate with flavor, sourcing and creating a more sustainable food system. Christine is also mentor in New York City’s WENYC program (women’s entrepreneurship NYC) and was a 2015 Agent of Change at the Centre for Social Innovation. Christine is a bike-commuting, fruit and vegetable grower who lives in Brooklyn.


Doron Goldstein

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David Robinov

Since 1981, David Robinov has been a serial entrepreneur. He owned six successful retail natural markets in the New York area and also developed a Chinese herbal-based cola, China Cola, that became one of the top selling soft drinks in the Natural Products Marketplace. David has served as a Director at both Reeds, Inc. and Mary's Gone Crackers. He also co-founded Organic Brands, LLC and developed the product line Mediterranean Organic. With Farm To People, David wants to give back and support this new generation of small-batch producers.


Logan Yonavjak

Logan has worked with a variety of investment firms on a suite of projects ranging from ESG product development, the development of social and environmental impact metrics methodologies, and a variety of renewable energy and conservation finance deals. She currently works with CREO Syndicate, a network of family offices that invest to solve global environmental challenges. Logan is a Startingbloc Fellow, a Property and Environment Research (PERC) Fellow and a Kinship Fellow and has also been a freelance writer for Ashoka Changemakers, Forbes, ImpactAlpha, Nextbillion, and TriplePundit. Logan received her Masters in Forestry and MBA (with a concentration in Asset Management) from Yale in 2016.