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Early-stage tech investment specialist announced as judge.

Christy Cardenas is an early-stage builder in technology and impact spaces.


She believes in deep technological progress, and the transformative power of bridging technology into the real world. Christy focuses her time on clean energy, fintech, AI and data platforms, across public and private sectors.


Christy believes impact investing is the future and commits her time accordingly. Christy has led the strategy, structuring and fundraising efforts for four first-time funds, and sees innovation in money management as key to effecting impact at scale. She focuses her time on the diversification across emerging hubs, emerging impact sectors, and diverse managers. Christy continues this work today. Christy is a CPA and has $12 billion in transaction experience.


Prior to venture, in largescale private equity, she invested with First Reserve ($30B AUM, now BlackRock) and Arroyo Energy ($500M AUM, spun out of JP Morgan) in the ongoing clean energy revolution across energy and power infrastructure sectors. Focus spanned the value chain, including solar, wind, biomass, energy efficiency, hydrogen fuel cells, and transportation, among others.


Christy started her career in energy investment banking at Citi in New York during the last credit crisis, working on a variety of M&A, IPO and debt issuances across the upstream, midstream, oilfield services and petrochemical sectors. Christy has also enjoyed venture capital roles at Mercury Fund and Ecliptic Capital and continues to serve in an Advisory role to both firms.


Christy is intimately familiar with both economic and technological transformations, investing throughout the ongoing energy revolution across the capital markets. She is investing in similar transformations across many sectors, all in support of a better future.






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