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Jonathan Shafer

Co founder and Chief Investment officer

Prior to co-founding CommonGood Capital, Jonathan was Senior Vice President of Operations at CNL, a leading alternative investment asset manager, where he directed all operational aspects of CNL’s $4 billion multi-strategy alternative investment product line, including both private credit and private equity.

Jonathan spent the six years prior to joining CNL in West Africa where he invested in and led multiple double bottom-line businesses.  During that period, Jonathan served as Managing Director of Africa Felix Juice,  a community-farming focused manufacturer of fruit juices for the European market and co-founder of First Step, a 50 acre special economic zone in Sierra Leone focused on attracting manufacturing businesses to the impoverished nation.  He also co-founded and served as CFO of Samshi Afrika Ltd., where he secured more than $200 million in investment capital.

Jonathan began his career as a private equity associate at publicly traded MCG Capital, where he underwrote and placed more than $300 million of equity and debt capital in 15 middle market private companies.  Jonathan also underwrote frontier market private equity investments for Developing World Markets.

Jonathan serves as a board member of World Hope International, a Christian relief and development organization, and also as the Chairman of the Board of First Step Economic Opportunity Zone.

Jonathan holds a Master of Business Administration from the Yale School of Management where he was a recipient of the Henry F. McCance Entrepreneurial Fund Award. He also received a Bachelor’s degree Summa Cum Laude in Economics from Loyola University (Chicago).

Following five moves in their first decade of marriage, Jonathan and his wife Ryanne have settled in Orlando with their two young children where they enjoy the many benefits of Florida living.