ComCap for sliderOn May 4th and 5th, Hatch Innovation is bringing together experts from across the state convening the first statewide conference on raising community capital through Oregon’s new crowdfunding law, ComCap:Oregon.

During Tuesday’s daylong summit, expert panels, presentations, and workshops focus on the three key constituencies
who are the main ingredients in creating a successful road map to strengthen Oregon’s economy:
Ecosystem Builders, Entrepreneurs, and Citizen Investors.

Sessions are designed to share knowledge of what’s working, and to address the gaps in Oregon’s ecosystem for local investing.

Introducing the speakers for a Citizen Investor session: Investing in the New Economy. Join this session to learn about how to be a resilient, wise investor in these changing times.

christopher-peckChristopher Peck Speaker
Natural Investments LLC

Christopher has long history with natural investing, beginning as an investor in Working Assets mutual funds in 1987 while still in college. In 1998 he became an investment advisor, opening his own firm, Holistic Solutions, to teach classes in holistic financial planning and advise clients on all areas of sustainable personal finance. He joined Natural Investment Services in 2004 and in 2007, he, Hal and Michael joined forces as equal owners and managing directors in the re-named Natural Investments LLC. He holds the Accredited Asset Management Specialist designation from the College of Financial Planning, is a certified educator in Holistic Management, and has led workshops, classes and training in a broad range of personal finance topics. He has taught finance at the nation’s first Green MBA program, socially responsible investing at the Santa Rosa Junior College, and taught a popular class for many years on sustainable local entrepreneurship at New College of California. Christopher is a member of the Social Investment Forum, the Bay Area Social Investment Forum, the Financial Planning Association, and Green America (formerly Co-op America). Christopher has written for or been featured in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Natural Health, the Green Money Journal, Sonoma County’s Press Democrat, In Practice, the Permaculture Activist, and is a sought after speaker and presenter, having dazzled groups of 3 to 300 at the Marin County Fair, the Sustainable Enterprise Conference, West Coast Green, the Petaluma Green Fair, SolFest, GreenFest, EcoFest, and a feast of other festivities. More of Christopher’s writing and presentations can be found at his personal website christopherpeck.com.

Marco VangelistiMarco Vangelisti Speaker
Essential Knowledge for Transition

Marco came to the US as a Fulbright scholar in mathematics and economics at the University of California in Berkeley. After a stint in the financial industry, Marco worked as visual artist on a full-time basis for 5 years and obtained a MFA focusing on the intersection between public art and ecology. He later worked for 6 years managing investment equity portfolios primarily on behalf of large foundations and endowments. In April 2009 Marco left the finance industry and has since been instrumental in the formation and development of the Slow Money Northern California chapter. He is sharing his experience doing direct Slow Money investments with communities around the country to help them increase their capacity for local investing. Marco is currently developing Essential Knowledge for Transition – a curriculum for engaged citizens to understand the money and banking system, the economic system and the financial system and how we need to transform them.