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Aarti Kotak

Managing Director Head of ESG and Social Impact

Aarti's Expertise

Aarti designs and executes Project Black’s long-term impact strategy, which is focused on building Black and Latino/a wealth. Specifically, she leads the firm’s impact and ESG investment diligence as well as its impact measurement and management efforts and works to align with and support portfolio company management as they execute their impact strategy. She also serves as a board director for platform company CQ Fluency, a healthcare translation and communication solutions provider. Prior to joining Ariel Alternatives, she served as the chief strategy and operations advisor at PEAK6, a financial services and investment firm. Previously, she served in multiple roles in the administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, including as his deputy chief of staff for neighborhood economic development where she led the Mayor’s neighborhood efforts, particularly in communities of color. She is also an attorney and worked in the real estate practice at DLA Piper LLP. Aarti serves on the boards of Navy Pier, Inc. and the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority. She earned a JD with distinction from Stanford University School of Law and graduated magna cum laude with a BA in political science and a minor in Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.