John Katovich - Founding partner
John has over 30 years of experience as a securities lawyer and entrepreneur. He was General Counsel at the Pacific Stock Exchange and the Boston Stock Exchange and the Chief Regulator Officer for the NASDAQ subsidiary that regulates options trading. He also served as General Counsel for two technology startups where he participated in both public and private financings. He has represented and dealt with major securities regulators and governmental entities, including, among others, the SEC, FINRA, state regulators, congressional banking and finance subcommittees, the CFTC, and emerging/developing country governments as an advisor and consultant in capital market development. He was part of the team that designed and introduced the iShares ETF product to Barclays Bank. Check out John’s blog on Huffington Post.
Kim Arnone - managing partner
Kim specializes in developing community capital raising strategies for social enterprises, cooperatives and nonprofits. She works primarily on investment offerings that can be publicly offered and that are open broadly to community members. Kim has assisted a wide range of enterprises in successfully raising capital; from a worker-owned green waste recycling company to an organic farm, from a rural community development fund to an urban food coop. Kim has been with Cutting Edge for 5 years and has been practicing law for 20 years. She has her Juris Doctorate from Hastings College of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the Women’s Law Journal. Kim lives, works, and plays in Oakland.
BRIAN BECKON - managing partner
Brian is an attorney with over twenty-five years of experience working for nonprofits, start-ups, and publicly-traded companies. As a principal of both Cutting Edge Capital and Cutting Edge Counsel, Brian’s work is now focused on direct public offerings, corporate structuring, and strategies for community capital to help build a more equitable economy. Brian has served as General Counsel for RSF Social Finance, Clean Power Finance, and LendZoan; and before that as Corporate Counsel for Sybase and Catellus Development Corporation. He earned his J.D. from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law and started his legal career with the North Bay law firm of Gaw Van Male. Brian is a member of the California Bar and serves on the boards of the Mount Diablo Music Education Foundation and the Neto Community Network.
NICOLE MOTTER - ATTORNEY
Nicole Motter is one of the country’s leading experts on program-related investments (PRIs) and innovative finance for foundations. A lifelong change maker, Nicole spent nearly a decade working directly with underserved youth and communities before going to law school to pursue social impact on a larger scale. She has since cultivated a career that combines her wide-ranging knowledge and expertise in ground level program development and implementation, research and education, and corporate and impact investing law. With an eye toward scalable, sustainable change, Nicole loves nothing more than helping foundations design exciting new ways to use their grant money. She specializes in working with private foundations to mobilize PRI capital, providing all legal and integrative services to make the process as easy and accessible as possible. She has worked with a number of foundations to facilitate PRI transactions, design PRI funds, create internal PRI policies and procedures, and assist boards and staff in integrating PRIs and other innovative financial vehicles into their existing framework. She also works with social enterprises on business model design, entity choice and formation, and funding strategy.
Sarah Kaplan - Attorney
Sarah’s mission as a lawyer is to support local economies that are equitable and ecologically sustainable. Since 2012 she has served numerous cooperatives, including consumer, worker, producer, and platform cooperatives. She has handled formations, equity and debt financing, and contract issues for these cooperatives. Sarah enjoys drafting creative organizational documents that implement cooperatives principles and cooperative tax advantages. Sarah also focuses on services for capital-raising. She has supported both cooperative and privately owned businesses in “family-and-friends,” registered public, and exempt public offerings.
Sarah previously served as an Assistant Illinois Attorney General, handling hundreds of complaints from citizens seeking to hold their governments accountable under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act. Sarah graduated magna cum laude from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2010.
After living in Chicago for 12 years and the Bay Area for three years, Sarah moved with her spouse and two kids to the St. Louis, Missouri area, where she is renovating a home, growing a garden, and getting involved in local solidarity economy efforts. She is licensed to practice law in Illinois and California.
Daniel Dellafosse - Attorney
Daniel is a Bay Area native who specializes in providing corporate and business legal services to small and mid-size businesses, tech startups, and legal cannabis businesses in California. During law school, he was a judicial extern to the Honorable Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye of the Supreme Court of California. He also served as a comments editor for Volume 50 of the University of San Francisco Law Review. He enjoys golfing, fishing, cooking, and spending time with his family.
Christina Burden - Bookkeeper & Operations Manager
Christina is a proud native of the San Francisco Bay Area with over 15 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations in a variety of positions — ranging from receptionist to VP of finance. In 2011, she created Essential Admin and Consulting to provide individuals and businesses with financial and administrative services. Raised in Oakland, Christina graduated from Oakland Technical High School and attended Albany State University on a volleyball athletic scholarship. In addition to her work with Cutting Edge Capital, she is a volleyball coach at her alma mater, Oakland Technical High School, and volunteers with a variety of organizations in her free time.
Sydney boral - Communications & Partnerships Manager
Sydney is a big believer in people. She aims to use her skills to create opportunity and empower others to reach their full potential. She has worked for global social enterprises and anti-trafficking non-profits. She is a graduate from UC Santa Barbara where she majored in global studies, played women’s lacrosse, and was a core member for the university’s chapter of United Students Against Sweatshops. Sydney is a lacrosse coach at her alma mater, Las Lomas High School and volunteers with students at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church.