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Monika Mantilla, Esq.

Ms. Monika Mantilla is the President and CEO of Altura Capital Group and a partner with Small Business Community Capital (SBCC). Altura Capital is an innovative investment boutique that specializes in emerging managers and the quickly expanding emerging domestic market. Ms. Montilla has over 21 years of domestic and international management and investment management experience. The clients of Altura include some of the largest institutional investors in the country and the world. Altura provides Emerging Manager research, analytics, portfolio construction, monitoring of manager services to institutional investors in U.S. and across the globe. Altura is the creator of the Altura Emerging Manager Information Platform, which institutional investors can access analytics, statistical, and qualitative data of more than 2,000 emerging managers across all asset classes.

To seize the opportunities in the growing emerging domestic markets, in partnership with the principals of Savile Opportunity Fund LP, Altura launched a $120 million small business community capital debt fund (SBCC). SBCC will provide $1 to $12 million in debt and equity capital to promising small and mid-sized companies, focusing on minority-owned firms and entrepreneurs located in LMI communities. SBCC has received an SBIC impact program green light letter from the SBA and is currently raising $40 million in private capital and, upon licensure by the SBA as an SBIC, will access up to $80 million in debenture leverage.

Ms. Mantilla’s investment management career is widely complemented by her successful general management career and a lifetime of involvement in community issues. Nationally recognized as a researcher, leader, and innovator in the area of capital and diversity, she has been deeply involved in a variety of national initiatives to grow and expand the small, emerging and diverse institutional money manager category. Ms. Montilla and her team have led a number of research and transformative advocacy initiatives to channel investments, strategic resources, and investment management opportunities to underserved markets that exhibit high growth and societal transformation potential. She has spearheaded many industry white papers and two important white papers about Latinos in Financial Services and Investment Management that have become a widely recognized industry resource. Her passion is bringing capital, strategic resources and expanding opportunity for highly promising entrepreneurs, all of which she believes can bring significant returns to investors and great economic impact potential for cities, states, and the country. She has been invited by the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee to address challenges and trends related to Hispanics in financial services and is frequently invited to speak at national and international top-level industry and academic events.

Ms. Montilla and Altura have won numerous awards and recognitions for their research, entrepreneurial success and leadership in building financial capacity in minority communities, including the “2010 Hispanic Heritage Award”—the highest honor for Latinos by Latinos—in the business category, the 2010 “Entrepreneur of the Year” (New York State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce), the 2010 “New York City Entrepreneur of the Year” (Latina Style Magazine and Business Series), the 2012 Women of Excellence Award (New York Women Chamber of Commerce), the 2006 “Business Woman of the Year” (New York-Westchester Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s), and the 2003 “Excellence in Financial Services” award (the Hispanic Magazine’s).

In 2009, 2010 and 2011, Latino Leaders Magazine recognized her as one of the 101 Most Influential Leaders in Hispanic U.S.A. In 2011 she was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce as a member of the International Trade Advisory Center (ITAC), a unique public-private partnership jointly managed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Office of United States Trade Representative that engages business leaders in formulating U.S. trade policy.

She sits on the board of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization, and on the Corporate Diversity Task Force established by Senator Menendez.

Ms. Mantilla holds an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York and a J.D. from the Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá, Colombia.