Citizen Mint

ABOUT CITIZEN MINT IMPACT INVESTING

A better way to invest for a better world

Recognizing the lack of access most investors have to private market impact investments – Citizen Mint was founded and built on accessibility and impact. Our team handpicks and deeply researches each investment for both positive impact and financial return. We’re creating new and more direct pathways to invest, and we hope you’ll join us.

Impacting the world,
one investment at a time.

Over the last decade, there’s been a shift in the industry. With societal and environmental changes, clients want to align their financial resources with personal values. That’s why we created Citizen Mint — a platform built to connect investors with private market opportunities that change the world, one investment at a time. 

Josh Hile, Citizen Mints’ CEO and CIO has spent the last ten years managing and consulting with both ultra-high net worth individuals as well as the pensions and 401k plans of Fortune 100 companies. Most recently, he was Director of Investment Strategy and Research at a $16B registered investment advisor (RIA). While there, Josh led efforts around Sustainable & Impact Investing capabilities, where it was proved time and time again that positive impact and solid returns can coexist.

After seeing these trends, it became clear – private capital is needed to solve global challenges. And if Josh didn’t create a new system, his clients would never hit their set goals, and the problems that affect our planet would never truly be solved.  

Josh found exceptional, like-minded co-founders and teammates to help build a platform that expands access to investment opportunities, yielding both positive social and environmental effects and financial returns.

Whether it’s affordable housing, development loans to underserved communities, or tackling global challenges around energy, water, circular economies, sustainability, and healthcare — Citizen Mint knows that the power of investors coming together will increase the impact we can have on our world.

Providing access to change the world

In the past, opportunities to invest in social and global challenges were reserved for private markets and the elite few. But this model is slowing down progress. We believe that more access to these worthwhile projects can create quicker societal and environmental impact while also giving clients a solid financial return.

Investing in the future we believe in

Ultimately, we envision a future where all investing is impact investing. We believe investors not only care where their money is going but also look to affect challenges they face locally, regionally, or globally. This change will shift the asset management industry, and we are excited to be the conduit for a better future. 

“Citizen Mint connects investors with private market opportunities, creating the positive societal and environmental change they want to see, all while securing their financial future.

Meet the team

We envision a future where all investing is impact investing

CEO & CIO

Josh Hile CFA, CPA

Prior to Citizen Mint, Josh was the Director of Investment Strategy & Research at Laird Norton Wealth Management, a $16 billion registered investment advisor (RIA) headquartered in Seattle, WA. He was instrumental in developing, maintaining, and improving LNWM’s impact and sustainable investing capabilities for both public and private markets. He was further responsible for worldwide sourcing, ongoing due diligence, and the monitoring of all equity asset managers as well as real estate, private equity, private debt, and venture capital opportunities. Prior to this, Josh worked at Russell Investments performing due diligence on fund managers for Russell’s mutual fund and consulting divisions (Russell advised on $2.2 trillion). Josh has a B.A. in Business Administration and an M.B.A. from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. In addition, he is both a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

CTO

Marshall Dunford

Before joining Citizen Mint, Marshall worked as a software engineer across various industries and guided multiple projects from concept to millions of active users. As employee #7 at MedBridge (200+ FTEs), he worked closely with the CEO and led the Patient Engagement team, building a core product used by healthcare professionals and patients throughout the country. In other roles, he has led initiatives to increase scalability and security, integrate large enterprise systems, and build marketing funnels across a range of mediums. Marshall has a B.S. in Informatics from the University of Washington.

VP of Marketing

Kelly Rogan

Previously, Kelly was the Creative Director for a climate action marketing agency – building and scaling marketing strategies to solve complex client challenges. After obtaining her B.A. from Towson University, Kelly kicked off her career by moving to Spain and taking over a tech startup, leading both marketing and growth. From there, she began consulting for mission-driven organizations, combining her data-driven and creative skills to build unique strategies for industry-leading solutions.

Board Advisors

Ken Willman

Ken has over 30 years of experience in global financial services as a lawyer and senior executive. He is the former Chief Legal Officer of Russell Investments where he was responsible for the Compliance, Global Risk Management, Government & Community Relations, Internal Audit and Legal Departments.  Ken led Russell Investments’ preparations to become a signatory to the United Nations Principles of Responsible Investment and was active in its diversity efforts. Prior to joining Russell Investments, Ken spent 16 years with Goldman Sachs in London and Hong Kong which included serving as General Counsel of the Investment Banking Division and General Counsel of Asia-Ex Japan. Ken serves on the boards of Covenant House International, the University of Puget Sound, and The 5th Avenue Theatre. He holds BA and BS degrees from the University of Puget Sound and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania where he also studied at The Wharton School.

Lisa Nitze

As Vice President of Marketing, Investment, and Community Partnerships at Nitze-Stagen, Lisa is responsible for branding, community engagement, and partnership development. Lisa has 30 years of experience leading organizations and initiatives seeking to develop and implement strategies for positive social change. Having started and led four nonprofits, Lisa was most recently CEO of Seattle Social Venture Partners, working with nearly 600 philanthropists to invest in social change in the Puget Sound region. Lisa Chairs the Seattle Metropolitan Improvement District Ratepayers Advisory Board (MID) and serves on the Boards of SCIDpda, SODOBIA, Historic Seattle Foundation, and Weld. Lisa holds a BA degree from Harvard and an MBA from Stanford.

Larry Hile

Larry was previously an audit partner at Deloitte and head of the Technology, Media, and Telecommunication (TMT) practice for Washington State. He was also the chair of the Fast 50 and Fast 500 program for Washington, recognizing the fastest-growing companies in the state. Larry has vast experience across numerous industries and was responsible for overseeing all venture capital, clean tech, software, hardware, internet, life science, and telecom clients in Washington. In addition, Larry was a board member for private cloud provider Blue Box which IBM successfully acquired in 2015.

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