Slow Money NYC (SMNYC) is a start-up non-profit network organization, part of a national Slow Money movement. 

Slow Money NYC is managed by a very part-time Network Coordinator and a volunteer Board of Directors installed formally in January 2016 after acting as an Advisory Board since 2011.

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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Brian Kaminer

Brian Kaminer is the founder of Talgra and creator of Invest With Values. Talgra consults with people and organizations looking to align their money and values through sustainable, community and impact investments. Invest With Values is an educational website for investors learning to create positive change with their money and investments. Brian is an active impact investor. His background includes 17 years in the brokerage business. He also serves on the board of Gross National Happiness USA.

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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.


Jon Zeltsman

From architectural woodworking to farmers markets. Jon’s path has been a 40 year entrepreneurial exploration. The two common themes of his work are cellulose (from wood to vegetables) and business, with a culinary detour along the way. Whether operating his own business or consulting with others, his focus is on what it takes for a small business to work well. Currently Jon is president of Down to Earth Market which was founded by his wife Miriam Haas in 1991. It is a unique company that manages multiple farmers throughout Westchester and Rockland Counties and New York City. In his home community of Ossining, Zeltsman is deeply involved with downtown development activities.


Rachel Crawford

Rachel Crawford has a decade of experience in brand and web strategy, helping companies better demonstrate their vision and value proposition through smart content. She currently collaborates with small businesses, agencies, and nonprofits to develop modern, sustainable content and marketing strategies. Her love of food has simultaneously led her to work as a freelance personal chef, small-scale caterer, and frequent host of elaborate dinner parties. A west coast native, she is a graduate of NYU and currently lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

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Doron Goldstein

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Stephanie Miller

Stephanie Miller is a long time marketing technology maven now applying her digital marketing expertise to the foodtech space. Particularly interested in how data can be used to connect eaters and food producers, she is looking to support ventures that have food/lifestyle data that can be used for product development, advertising and new revenue streams. She helped launch New Food Economy, the business magazine of the food movement, managed US social media for (a nonprofit aiming to eliminate food waste) and directs business growth and marketing for several food business start ups. She has helped produce the Good Food Spotlight pitchfest event for the Slow Money NYC impact investment group since 2016. In past lives, she has led market and product development for enterprise technology at Teradata and Return Path, and consumer products and services at RealNetworks and the DMA.

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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.