About our

Alternative Asset Approach

Investment Strategy

Back to the basics of alternative investing: we seek to find new investments that offer compelling returns with significant diversification

We seek to discover investments ahead of the crowd
We are well positioned to source and diligence assets that are not well known

By being early to non-institutional assets and themes, Cordillera seeks to extract compelling returns before capital significantly competes those returns down.

We seek to find diversifying assets
We search for investments that march to the beat of their own drummer

By finding investments whose risks are non-correlated with traditional markets, we seek to create a portfolio that provides investors with significant diversification.

Team extension for our partners
We act as a thought partner for our investors

Beyond the investments that we make, we provide a “team extension” to our investors, sharing insights, co-investments and ideas in the niche, non-correlated arena.

Our Team

MANAGEMENT TEAM AND PARTNERS

Agustin “Gus” Araya, CFA

Co-Founder & Co-Managing Partner

Agustin “Gus” Araya is a Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner of Cordillera Investment Partners. He is responsible for directing Cordillera’s overarching investment strategy alongside his co-founders. He also serves as a director of Cordillera portfolio companies.

Prior to founding Cordillera, Gus was a Partner at Makena Capital Management where he was responsible for Makena’s Natural Resources investments and a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee and Private Equity team. Prior to that, he was an Associate Director of Private Assets at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and held various finance roles at Intuit, Horsley Bridge Partners and D.A. Campbell Company.

Gus holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Gus is a CFA charter holder.

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Chris Heller

Co-Founder & Co-Managing Partner

Chris Heller is a Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner of Cordillera Investment Partners. He is responsible for directing Cordillera’s overarching investment strategy alongside his co-founders. He also serves as a director of Cordillera portfolio companies.

Prior to founding Cordillera, Chris was a Partner at Makena Capital Management where he served as the Portfolio Manager for the Makena Liquid Endowment Funds and was a senior member of the firm’s Absolute Return investment team and Investment Committee. Prior to Makena, Chris worked at the Stanford Management Company in a variety of investment roles. He started his career at Merrill Lynch in debt capital markets and investment banking.

Chris earned a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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Ashley Marks

Co-Founder & Co-Managing Partner

Ashley Marks is a Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner of Cordillera Investment Partners. She is responsible for directing Cordillera’s overarching investment strategy alongside her co-founders. She also serves as a director of Cordillera portfolio companies.

Prior to founding Cordillera, Ashley was a Partner at Makena Capital Management where she was a senior member of Makena’s Real Estate investment team and served as the Portfolio Manager responsible for a Makena Real Estate Fund. She was also a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. Before Makena, Ashley was an Associate at MacFarlane Partners, a real estate private equity firm in San Francisco, and held previous positions at MacFarlane Partners and Robertson Stephens in the Technology Investment Banking group.

Ashley earned a BBA in Finance from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Taylor Kauer

Partner

Taylor Kauer is a Partner at Cordillera Investment Partners. Prior to joining Cordillera in 2015, Taylor held roles in corporate finance, financial planning and analysis, and accounting at Stryker Corporation. Prior to joining Stryker, Taylor worked for ERCI, an environmental consulting firm focused on managing and remediating environmental liabilities for clients in the energy and automotive industries. Taylor earned a BA in Economics and Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Our Team

INVESTMENT AND OPERATIONS TEAM

Nateanah Albury

Investor Relations Associate

Nateanah Albury is an Investor Relations Associate at Cordillera Investment Partners. Prior to joining Cordillera, Nateanah was a Senior Client Associate at Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) on the socially responsible investments team serving foundations, endowments, and ultra-high net worth clients. Before joining RBC, Nateanah was a Client Service Associate at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, where she worked closely with high net wealth families. Nateanah received her BA in Business Administration and Fine Arts from Hofstra University, where she played NCAA Division 1 Basketball. She received her MS in Sports Administration from Georgetown University.

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Angela Dailey

Operations Analyst

Angela Dailey is an Operations Analyst at Cordillera Investment Partners. Prior to joining Cordillera in early 2022, Angela was an Experienced Associate at PwC working on the Asset and Wealth Management team with a focus in Financial Services industry, specializing in Partnerships and Corporations. She earned a BS in Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting and Financial Management from Sonoma State University. Angela is currently pursuing her CPA.

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Megan Larkin

Operations Senior Associate

Megan Larkin is an Operations Senior Associate at Cordillera Investment Partners. Prior to joining Cordillera in 2020, Megan was an associate at PwC on the Industry Tax Practice team and focused on corporate tax issues. She earned a BS in Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting from San Francisco State University. Megan is a CPA.

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Rachel Levi

Director and Head of Investor Relations

Rachel Levi is Director and Head of Investor Relations at Cordillera Investment Partners. Prior to Cordillera, Rachel was a Managing Director at Cowen Investment Management (CIM), serving on the CIM Operating Committee. Prior to Cowen, Rachel served as Head of Investor Relations at Hoplite Capital Management, and on the investor relations teams at Marshall Wace and Karsch Capital Management, where she was also a member of the Investment Team. Rachel earned a BA in Psychology from Smith College. She is on the board of Neighbors Together, a non-profit committed to ending hunger and poverty in three of the lowest-income areas in Brooklyn, where she resides.

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Ned Scadden

Director

Ned Scadden is a Director at Cordillera Investment Partners. Before joining Cordillera, Ned was an investment professional at Seacoast Capital where he focused on growth oriented and special situations investing. Prior to Seacoast, Ned was an M&A investment banker at Alantra Partners where he advised middle market companies across a broad range of industries. Ned began his career as a strategy consultant at Booz & Company (now PwC’s strategy practice). Ned earned a BA in Economics, Finance, and History from McGill University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

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Josh Thompson

Manager

Josh Thompson is a Manager at Cordillera Investment Partners. Prior to joining Cordillera in 2018, Josh was an Associate Director at Cornerstone Advisors, a multi-family office in Bellevue, Washington, on the Operational Due Diligence team covering mutual fund, private equity, and real estate strategies. He also assisted in managing the operations and accounting for the private equity and real estate funds. Before joining Cornerstone, Josh worked in hedge fund accounting and administration for BlackRock in Seattle. Josh began his career at Deloitte as a financial auditor. Josh earned a BA in Business Administration from the University of Washington. He is a CFA charterholder.

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Cameron Thrasher

Investment Associate

Cameron Thrasher is an Associate at Cordillera Investment Partners. Prior to joining Cordillera, Cameron was an investment banker at Credit Suisse in the Corporate Insights Group where he advised large market cap companies across a broad range of industries. Cameron earned a BS in Commerce with concentrations in Finance and IT from the University of Virginia.

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Zankhna Vasha

Chief Financial Officer

Zankhna Vasha is a Chief Financial Officer of Cordillera Investment Partners. Prior to joining Cordillera, Zankhna was the CFO of SVB Capital Management, LLC and had financial oversight for its venture equity business, including direct funds, fund of funds, employee funds and separately managed accounts. Prior to SVB Capital, Zankhna was a Vice President at Oaktree Capital Management, LLC, where she was responsible for the Private Partnerships and Accounting group for their Real Estate Strategy. Zankhna earned her MBA from Loyola Marymount University and her bachelor’s from University of Mumbai, Narsee Monjee College of Commerce.

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Katie Xie

Manager

Katie Xie is a Manager at Cordillera Investment Partners. Prior to joining Cordillera, Katie was an experienced senior associate at PwC on the Asset Wealth Management team and focused on venture capital, private equity, and fund of fund tax compliance. She earned a BA in Business Administration in Accounting from Sichuan University Jincheng College (China). She also earned a MS in Accountancy from San Francisco State University and an MBA with Concentration in Accounting from Adelphi University.

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