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Acumen America

Acumen America backs entrepreneurs focused on addressing the root causes of America’s poverty crisis. We see opportunity where others see risk and the potential for systems change where others see red tape. 

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Our Leadership

Catherine Casey Nanda

Catherine co-leads Acumen America. Prior to co-founding Acumen America, she launched Acumen’s West Africa office in Accra, Ghana, and Latin America office in Bogota, Colombia, and served as chief of staff to Acumen’s CEO. Catherine also helped build social enterprises in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania, which included expanding HealthStores’ clinics in rural Kenya. Catherine holds a BA with Highest Honors from Princeton University and an MPP from Harvard University, where she was a Catherine B. Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship.

Amon Anderson

Amon co-leads Acumen America. Most recently, Amon worked on Acumen’s Global Portfolio team out of New York. Prior to that, Amon led Acumen’s agriculture and water/sanitation investing in East Africa. Amon was based in Nairobi for four years where he originated, diligenced, and managed a number of investments, building the agriculture portfolio from scratch. Prior to joining Acumen, Amon worked in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with Cherokee Investment Partners, developing an impact investing strategy and building a community of entrepreneurs. Amon holds a bachelor's with Highest Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead-Cain Scholar, and a MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received the Frances & Arjay Miller Fellowship in Social Innovation and the Miller Social Change Leadership Award.

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Acumen America backs entrepreneurs building innovative solutions to the urgent challenges of unequal workforce development, health inequities, and financial instability.