Founder, EcoMundi Ventures & THRIVE Natural Care
Through Ecomundi Ventures fund, Alex and his team brought to life Thrive Natural Care, an innovative natural personal care company that is helping thousands of consumers ditch their synthetics to look better and live healthier. Prior to Ecomundi Ventures, Alex was the founding Director of Sustainability & Corporate Citizenship at Nestlé Waters North America, the $4B division of the world's largest consumer water company. At Nestlé Waters, Alex developed the vision and strategic plan, and provided hands-on leadership to build the corporation's first sustainability program from the ground up during a time of intense social scrutiny. He created a broad network of partnerships with corporate, policy, regulatory, and nonprofit water organizations to advance sustainability & innovation. His success in aligning financial, environmental, and social strategies within the 8,500-person corporation played a key role in expanding Nestlé Waters' reputation for excellence in the consumer package goods industry. Prior to Nestlé, Alex was Director of Philanthropy at The Nature Conservancy, where he helped raise a record $75MM in private capital for two of the largest watershed conservation projects in the organization's history. Alex developed the vision, strategic plan and provided leadership for the 9-person fundraising team that increased annual giving revenue 1,250% over four years and completed the most successful corporate conservation campaign in state history. Alex's other environmental contributions include co-development of an ecotourism business/funding model for Gabon's president and leading conservation group, creation of a five-year business plan for Big Bend National Park, and publication of a field guide to birds. Alex earned his B.A. with academic honors at Duke University, and a master’s degree in environmental management from Yale University.