Grace M. Kataoka

Partner, Impact and ESG Investing Research and Advisory

Grace was most recently the Founder and Principal of Amala Paradigm, a sustainability advisory firm where she advised foundations, family offices/ultra-HNWIs, corporations, on impact investment, corporate responsibility strategy development, sector specific impact pipeline, and arts initiatives in the US, Asia and Europe. She has worked with social enterprises, start-ups, accelerators, and impact funds through fundraising. Previously, Grace was the Head of Asia Pacific Corporate Social Responsibility and Foundation initiatives at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong and Head of Corporate Sustainability and Corporate Philanthropy divisions for Shinsei Bank in Tokyo where she oversaw community investment, arts and culture initiatives, ESG integration, impact investing product development, strategic multi-stakeholder partnerships, and responsible business practices for the Asia-Pacific Region. In this capacity, her teams seeded and provided capacity building to hundreds of social enterprises and innovation platforms across Asia as a pioneer corporate sponsor.  Grace has 20+ years of non-profit management and private/investment banking experience having previously worked at Salomon Brothers, BNP Paribas, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in the United States and Asia.

Grace is a Triple Bottom Line Investing (TBLI) Group Ambassador and has been a member of CSR Asia Community Investment Round Table, ASRIA, CDP, Asia Society and the American Chamber of Commerce CSR Committee.  She graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington with a BA in Political Science and BA double major in Japanese and Chinese Language & Literature and East Asian Studies, where she spent the first two years exclusively in the Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Menahem Pressler, founding member of the Beaux Arts Trio.  She holds an MA in Performing Arts Administration/Non-profit Management from New York University and an Executive Education Certification in Corporate Social Responsibility from Harvard Business School.  

Mission-Driven Executive Team

Diverse in experience, united in mission. The Kind Capital team brings 100+ years of combined experience across industries and leadership roles, authentically mission-driven to leverage our skills to catalyze positive sustainable impact while driving financial returns for our partners & investors. We have experience working with early stage companies through large Fortune 500 conglomerates across the full spectrum of asset classes, including structuring program-related investments (PRI), mission-related investments (MRI), social impact bonds (SIB) and income share agreements (ISA).

John Duong

Founder & CEO

Dr Jason Buchanan

Venture Partner and SWOT Team

Debbie McKeon

Partner and Senior Advisor, Strategic Partnerships

Kimberly M. James

Director, Head of Metrics & Evaluation

Thomas Hornbeck

CTO and Venture Partner

Lori M. Ruffin

VP of Entrepreneur Services

Grace M. Kataoka

Partner, Impact and ESG Investing Research and Advisory

Ash Sharma

Director, Sustainable Investments and Corporate Responsibility

Jenna Fuentes

Community Engagement Manager

Advisory Council

Andre Bennin

Jennifer Oertel

Melanie Audette

Joe Fuller

Rich Krygiel

Thomas Terdjman

Ted Mitchell

Sonal Shah

Karen Tay

Meredith Finn

Senior Workers of Talent (SWOT)

Joy Profet

Superpower: COO & Comms

Ray Wilburn

Superpower: Finance & Compliance

Keith Aikens

Superpower: Comms, Racial Equity

Marissa Lowman

Superpower: Product & Innovation

Isaac Segal

Superpower: EdTech, Entrepreneurship, Management

Lucia Weathers

Superpower: Strategic Comms

Maria Del Toro

Superpower: Philanthropic Fundraising, Strategy, & Management

Jocelyn Sargent

Superpower: Philanthropy, Racial Equity/EDI, Leadership
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