David gould, Capital Markets & Investor Relations Head

David operates at the nexus between the investor and the portfolio company.  As the face of investor relations and a key point of contact with our limited partners and stakeholders, David manages the dynamic process of pairing investment capital with AMERRA’s highly differentiated investment strategies to achieve LP investment objectives.  He also brings to bear his diverse capital markets skills to facilitate the full spectrum of the agricultural economic ecosystem.

The interactive dynamic with investors is exhibited by Pipeline Foods’ acquisition of Sunopta’s organic food chain supply business.  Working within a tight exclusivity period of seven weeks, David led the successful capital raise, tapping into existing and new relationships.  Despite its U.S. footprint, the business drew attention from global investors who found the sustainable theme an especially attractive element given the fragmented nature of this nascent agribusiness sector and the opportunity to establish best practices as a first-mover. 

Drawing from decades of experience investing across the capital structure in emerging markets, David also works closely with the investment teams throughout AMERRA’s geographic footprint to identify and address portfolio company needs.  To date, his favorite in-field assignment has been successfully pitching a banquet hall full of farmers in Southern Brazil to supply cane to an AMERRA-owned sugarcane processor.

Working to continuously refine and define the firm’s environmental and sustainability (E&S) policies, David ensures portfolio companies adhere to E&S best practices.  Beyond simple metrics like employment, AMERRA’s efforts are best exemplified when we devise an action plan for a portfolio company to improve its E&S approach and affect change.  Time and again, we see that a clear and effective E&S policy is not only impactful but also good for business, and we are fortunate to partner with investors who share this approach.

David deeply understands the need for firms like AMERRA to have a purpose that goes beyond profits. He started his career as a volunteer teacher on a banana plantation in Costa Rica.  While he got the better end of the bargain (his students purportedly are still trying to figure out pronouns), David developed a true appreciation for the role global business can play in creating virtuous cycles in local communities. Having spent time in various roles on Wall Street, David finds that AMERRA allows him to achieve real impact for all parties involved.

David spent nearly a decade as a portfolio manager for Cargill and then Elliott Associates where he focused on Brady bond curve normalization.  After leading his own consultancy for another seven years, David joined the sell side for six years, focused on developing the Latam debt capital markets efforts for Jefferies and Banco Pine where he worked side-by-side with AMERRA on several investments.

David received an MBA in Finance and an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago with high honors, and a BA cum laude from Duke University in Economics and Public Policy Studies.  David is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.