Brian Trelstad is a Partner at Bridges Ventures, an innovative specialist fund manager with $450M under management dedicated exclusively to using an impact-driven investment approach to create superior returns for both investors and society at-large. Brian became a partner at Bridges in the fall of 2012 to raise an investment fund that would focus on businesses that operate in or serve underserved communities in the United States.
Until January 2012, Brian Trelstad was the Chief Investment Officer of Acumen Fund, a $75M social investment fund investing in innovative social enterprises in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa delivering critical health, water, energy, agriculture and education services to the base of the pyramid. He also defined Acumen's work measuring social and financial return and was a founding executive committee member of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE).
Prior to Acumen Fund, Brian was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in their New Jersey office, where he focused on health care and was actively involved in the firm’s pro bono work in New Jersey and nationally with environmental organizations. He has co-founded and advised several early-stage technology companies and social enterprises and was the lead environmental staffer for President Clinton's Corporation for National Service in the mid-1990s. He is a graduate of Harvard College with a BA in Social Studies, Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, and the University of California's College of Environmental Design.
He is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, where he has also moderated a Socrates Seminar on the emergence of the impact economy, and was the first impact investor to be selected as a Kauffman Fellow of the Center for Venture Education. In the spring of 2012, Brian taught a course at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School on social entrepreneurship.