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Brian Trelstad

Bridges Fund Management

Brian Trelstad is a Partner at Bridges Fund Management’s U.S. Sustainable Growth Fund, an investment fund dedicated to impact and sustainable investing; he also serves on the firm's board. He is also a co-chair of the Impact Capital Managers, a network of over 50 market rate impact investors in the United States managing over $5B in AUM. Brian joined Bridges in 2012 after having been the Chief Investment Officer at Acumen Fund, where he oversaw the investment of $50M into portfolio companies in India, Pakistan, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and Ghana. Prior to Acumen, Brian was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, a program officer at the Corporation for National Service and helped start several for-profit and non-profit social enterprises. He serves on the boards of several of his portfolio companies at Bridges and two non-profits: VisionSpring and Candid.  Brian is also a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School teaching courses on impact investing and social entrepreneurship.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Brian is a graduate of Harvard College with an AB in social studies. He received a Master's in city and regional planning from the University of California Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business.

Brian served his fellowship as a member of Kauffman Fellows Class 12 under mentor Hunter Boll of Acumen Fund in New York. He was later a mentor to Rodrigo Teles (Class 14) and Gabriella de Sales van der Linden (Class 26).