Willy Foote

Willy FooteWilly Foote is the founder and CEO of Root Capital. He began his career on Wall Street as a financial analyst in Latin American corporate finance. While working as a business journalist in Mexico, he discovered the challenges faced by cooperatives, who lacked access to credit and markets. In 1999 he founded Root Capital, a nonprofit social investment fund that grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America by lending capital, delivering financial training, and strengthening market connections for small and growing agricultural businesses. Willy holds an M.S. in development economics from the London School of Economics and a B.A. from Yale University