What we do
Avivar Capital (Avivar) is a U.S.-based SEC registered investment advisory firm focused on managing impact investment portfolios and developing impact-driven funds and families of funds on behalf of clients. Avivar assists foundations, banks and other institutional investors in the design and execution of impact investing strategy for financial, social and environmental return. The firm’s professionals bring domestic and international experience to serve as investment strategists, deal and fund structurers, asset managers, due diligence providers, coaches, trainers, market researchers, facilitators, and evaluators.
Portfolio Management & Advisory Services
Avivar’s portfolio management practice provides impact investing portfolio management solutions for institutional and private clients. Services range from a fully outsourced impact investing CIO model to organizationally integrated services supporting targeted aspects of the investment process (sourcing, due diligence, structuring, closing, monitoring, etc.). Avivar’s advisory practice covers a range of client impact investing needs, from strategy design to implementation, evaluation and review. Advisory client relationships begin with dialogue to understand an organization or family’s mission, social and/or environmental mandate; financial, program and geographic priorities; human and financial resources; organizational design; existing partnerships; and other matters important to how the entity advances its work. Avivar is also a leading provider of impact investing training and coaching services. We develop customized training for board, staff, donors, clients and/or partners of individual institutions, as well as the broader field including philanthropies, health systems and banks.
Fund Development & Syndication
Avivar’s fund development and syndication practice works with clients to develop impact investment funds and families of funds that coordinate the range of capital necessary to build healthy, vibrant and sustainable communities or catalytic sectors. We structure, coordinate and manage institutional quality funds and/or investment vehicles that aggregate capital at the scale at which institutional investors need to deploy it while retaining the ability to redeploy that capital in communities or sectors at the scale at which those entities can absorb it.
Meet our Team
Tina N. Castro, CFA
Tina is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Avivar Capital, bringing over 15 years of experience in the fields of finance and investment management. Tina co-leads the firm’s overall business activities and serves as an impact investment advisor to Avivar’s clients providing guidance on the development and execution of impact investing portfolios and funds.
Celeste Abou Negm
Celeste Abou Negm is an Associate Intern at Avivar Capital. She is currently pursuing her MBA at UCLA Anderson School of Management, where she is also a Forte Fellow. At Anderson, Celeste serves as the Vice President of Community Relations for the Anderson Real Estate Association.
Marc is a Senior Partner with Avivar Capital and former Program Director for Loans and Affordable Housing at Marin Community Foundation (MCF). As a Senior Partner with Avivar Capital, Marc focuses on maximizing community foundation impact and leveraging community knowledge.
Lisa Richter is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Avivar Capital. Lisa co-leads Avivar’s overall business activities, bringing over two decades of fund management and investing experience spanning asset classes, return expectations, geographies and issue areas, and frequently incorporating place-based or sector focus to increase equitable access to opportunity.
Daniel is a Managing Partner of Avivar Capital, with 20 years of economic development and real estate experience. He currently consults on the redesign of FreshWorks Fund 2.0, as well as the Michigan Good Food Fund, both statewide food financing initiatives. He is retained by clients to attract new retail enterprises, such as banks and supermarkets, to underserved communities.
Brian Wasige is an Associate Intern at Avivar Capital where he is assisting the team research venture investments in the education arena. He is currently an MBA candidate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, focusing on Finance and Social Innovation. Brian founded and leads the Impact Investment Group at Anderson.
Director of Operations
Theresa is the Director of Operations for Avivar Capital where she helps develop and monitor the firm’s internal business operations and systems. She comes to Avivar Capital after supporting a $50M impact portfolio at Omidyar Network. Theresa holds an MBA and MA in Global Affairs from Yale University. She earned her BS in finance and in interdisciplinary business management with a marketing minor, magna cum laude, from Miami University.