Toniic Institute Announces New CFO

Emilie Cortes, CFA, CAIA, joins Toniic as the new Chief Financial Officer


SAN FRANCISCO – Toniic Institute, the global action community for impact investors, announced today the appointment of Emilie Cortes, CFA, CAIA, as its new Chief Financial Officer.

“Emilie has the perfect background for Toniic.  She has previously run global businesses, has experience in the traditional financial sector, has served in financial oversight roles in philanthropy, and has been deeply involved in impact investing for nearly a decade,” said Adam Bendell, CEO of Toniic.  “She is a great fit for our culture, too, with a strong reputation of bringing both her heart and her head to every role she plays.”

Emilie’s 22-year career in financial services has spanned institutional and philanthropic investment management, private company business valuations, quantitative risk analytics for equity and fixed income investors and bringing Structured Credit transactions to market. Emilie also acquired and ran an international women’s adventure travel company out of Bend, Oregon, where she won Bend Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and managed a leading safari and trekking company out of Arusha, Tanzania.

“I am excited to focus my full energy on the impact investing field,” explained Cortes.  “I am passionate about moving capital toward noble missions and well-run companies to effect positive change as rapidly as possible.  It will be my pleasure to help shepherd Toniic Institute with respect to financial sustainability to ensure we can continue to maximize our impact, promote the impact investing field, and deliver value to our inspired member community.”

Emilie received her MBA in Finance from UC, Berkeley and her BSBA in International Business from American University, summa cum laude. Emilie holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation, as well as certificates demonstrating business level proficiency in French and Spanish.

Emilie will continue to be based in Bend, Oregon, with frequent travel to Toniic headquarters in San Francisco, California.

About Toniic Institute

Founded in 2011, Toniic Institute is the global action community for impact investors, with members in over 20 countries. Toniic provides family offices, high net worth individuals, and foundations with access to investment opportunities, tools and thought leadership as they grow their impact investing practices. For more information, visit