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Amie PatelManaging Director, Capital Partnerships

Amie joined Elevar in 2016 and manages and cultivates Elevar’s global partnerships including LP and co-investor relations.

Amie has over 20 years of experience working in a variety of organizations, with a focus on emerging market investing. Prior to Elevar, she was a Vice President with Goldman Sachs Asset Management which she joined through the acquisition of Imprint Capital. Amie focused on the firm’s Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) and Impact Investing capabilities within the emerging markets. Prior to Imprint she was with the Soros Economic Development Fund (SEDF) where she concentrated her efforts on early to growth stage investments. She managed SEDF’s investments in Haiti and worked on several other investment opportunities in Palestine, India and parts of East and West Africa.

Amie also worked with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation as a Presidential Management Fellow and Investment Funds Officer responsible for developing and evaluating top-quartile and first-time emerging market private equity fund managers. Amie began her career as an M&A analyst with Merrill Lynch and First Union Securities, covering the automotive, healthcare and telecommunications industries. She has volunteered in Nepal with Students Partnership Worldwide as a Program Manager working on environmental education and women’s issues.

Amie holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a BS in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She serves as the Finance Chair on the Board of Education Through Music, a New York based non-profit focused on music education. Amie likes to explore new places and hold dance parties with her two daughters.

What drew you to apply for a job at Elevar? Why did you join Elevar?

Ever since I lived in a village in Nepal, I have been looking for ways to leverage my passion to solve problems with my finance skills. I pursued a career in impact investing – and seeking out Elevar was a natural step in my trajectory. The funds were a part of the portfolio that I oversaw and it was a firm that encompassed many facets of what I wanted to be a part of: focus on India, small team and a great reputation for its impact and diligence. 

What are the most and least favorite parts of your job?

I love talking to people and getting them excited about Elevar. What we do and the magic we create is unique, and sharing that with the external world brings me a lot of satisfaction. I also love trying to find ways to partner with other organizations to do more through our companies. My least favorite part is not being able to be in the country and have more interactive time with my colleagues and in the field. 

What makes for a good Elevarian?

A good Elevarian is someone who has decided that they want to spend the best of their professional efforts helping those that are underserved. We are a team that looks to encourage our colleagues to do well and be their best in order to help our entrepreneurs deliver more. We think about how to create long-standing companies that will change the world and challenge conventional thinking. 

Has working at Elevar changed your perspective on things?

Yes! I finally found a place to work that allows me to be me. It celebrates that I can be silly but serious, and creates the space to be both. It’s a culture that doesn’t take anything personally – because we have a mission to fulfill and there is never enough time – we have a lot of work to do.

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