NAPA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Venture capital firm and small business lender Advantage Capital announced today that Ryan Brennan will join the firm as Managing Director. Brennan will lead efforts to foster access to capital and economic development in underserved communities across the country. He will also join the leadership of the firm’s fundraising team and spearhead new initiatives to strengthen and develop internal talent and assets. Brennan will be based in the firm’s Napa, California office.
“We are thrilled to welcome Ryan back to the firm,” said Steven Stull, president at Advantage Capital. “He has a thorough understanding of the public-private partnerships and economic development incentive programs that businesses and communities need to facilitate growth, create jobs, and sustain strong local economies. With his deep experience working to measure and improve economic impact in challenged communities in the U.S. and overseas, Ryan will help us build upon our position as a leading impact investor.”
Brennan was most recently the chief operating officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the development finance arm of the U.S. government. While at OPIC, he drove the creation and adoption of the Impact Quotient (IQ), an innovative method of measuring and improving impact in projects around the world. Brennan also led business development across the Western Hemisphere and facilitated billions of dollars in direct investment to Central America’s Northern Triangle countries.
Prior to joining OPIC, Brennan held numerous leadership roles at Advantage Capital, where he helped advance the firm’s capital formation initiatives to support small business growth and economic stability for individuals and communities. Brennan holds a bachelor’s degree from Truman State University and has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Commenting on his new role, Brennan said,“There are world-class entrepreneurs and business owners ready to grow their companies where they were launched, in every corner of the country and in between, often outside of major metropolitan centers. Advantage Capital actively looks to drive capital to these underserved areas, facilitating measurable, powerful social impact alongside financial returns. I am excited to join Advantage at a time when demand for impact investing strategies such as ours have hit unprecedented levels, with enormous potential for continued growth and societal change.”
About Advantage Capital
Advantage Capital provides financing to established and emerging companies located in communities underserved by conventional sources of capital. Since 1992, the firm has invested more than $3 billion in companies from a diverse array of industry sectors and has helped support more than 50,000 jobs. Learn more at www.advantagecap.com, or via Twitter or LinkedIn.
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