Monika Mantilla

Ms. Mantilla has over 25 years of domestic and international company building and investment management experience. Her investment management career is widely complemented by a lifetime of involvement in community wealth creation and economic development. Monika’s passion, to which she has dedicated the last 20 years of her life, is to build financial capacity in minority communities by providing entrepreneurs and investment managers with capital, strategic resources and opportunity, all which can bring significant returns to investors and at the same time great economic impact potential for cities, states, corporations and the country.

Nationally recognized as an innovator in the area of capital and diversity, Monika leads multiple initiatives to grow and expand the small, emerging and diverse institutional money manager category, as well as to channel investments and strategic resources to entrepreneurs in underserved markets. She has spearheaded many industry white papers and two white papers about Latinos in Financial Services and Investment Management that have become a widely recognized industry resource. She is a frequent presenter at National and International forums, and has been invited by the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee to address challenges and trends related to Hispanics in financial services.

Altura Capital is an investment management firm that specializes in emerging managers and the quickly expanding emerging domestic market. Altura provides institutional investors the knowledge and tools to invest with high performing small, entrepreneurial, minority and women owned investment firms and businesses. Altura is the creator of the Altura Emerging Manager Information Platform, through which institutional investors can access analytics, statistical and qualitative data of more than 2,000 emerging money managers across all asset classes.

To seize the opportunities in the growing emerging domestic markets, Monika along with a group of partners and stellar investors launched a $120 million SBIC impact fund (SBCC). SBCC provides $1 to $12 million in debt, mezzanine and equity capital to promising small and mid-sized companies, focusing on women and minority owned firms and entrepreneurs located in LMI communities. SBCC is playing a pivotal role in developing an ecosystem of entrepreneurs, advisors, investors, co-investors, large corporations, trade associations and young talent, all coming together to harness opportunities in growing markets such as the Hispanic and WMBE markets.

Monika and the firms she leads 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 2015 “Woman of the Year” (New York City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce), 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), the 2003 “Excellence in Financial Services” award (Hispanic Magazine).

In multiple years Latino Leaders Magazine has recognized her as one of the 101 Most Influential Leaders in Hispanic U.S.A. and one of the Top 15 Latinos in Finance. 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 that engages business leaders in formulating U.S. trade policy. She sits on the Board of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, USHCC, where she Chairs the Capital Committee, and on the Board of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. She serves on the Capital Advisory Board of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

Ms. Mantilla holds an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York and a J.D. from the Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá, Colombia. She can be reached at mmantilla@sbccfund.com, or connect with her on Twitter at @alturacap.