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January 23, 2015

Ulupono Initiative Expands with Three New Appointments

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HONOLULU – (Jan. 23, 2015) – Hawaii-based impact investment group Ulupono Initiative today announced three new members of its investment, communications and administrative teams.

Joshua Ross has joined Ulupono as a senior investment associate. He is responsible for evaluating and developing investment strategies, performing due diligence, creating and maintaining financial models, structuring transactions, and providing support and oversight to funded organizations.

Ross brings with him more than 12 years of financial services experience, including six years in institutional private equity investment. Prior to joining Ulupono, Ross was a senior investment analyst at Liberty Mutual Investment in Boston. He holds a MBA from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California, Davis. 

Tyler Kruse joins Ulupono’s communications team as its new communications specialist. In this role, he will assist with communications strategy and tactics, including social media. 

Kruse most recently served as a communications and digital media specialist in Gov. Abercrombie’s administration for the past two years and previously worked at Anthology Marketing Group in its public relations division. A graduate of Waimea High School on Kauai, Kruse earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in marketing from the University of Hawaii Shidler College of Business.

Ulupono has also added Elizabeth Curley as its new office administrator, in which she serves as the office manager and supports the management team. 

Prior to joining Ulupono, Curley worked at the Hawaii Community Foundation. Hailing from New England and most recently from Washington, D.C., she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music and a minor in philosophy from the University of New Hampshire.

About Ulupono Initiative
Ulupono Initiative is a Hawai‘i-focused impact investing firm that uses for-profit and non-profit investments to improve the quality of life for island residents in three areas – locally produced food; clean, renewable energy; and waste reduction.  To learn more, please visit www.ulupono.com or follow @ulupono on Twitter.