Rod Parsley is a Partner at Sustainable Ag Ventures LLC, a private equity firm that invests in farmland and permanent crops, primarily in the Pacific Northwest. The firm’s initial investment is approximately 1,000 acres of organic blueberries in Central Washington.
Previously, Mr. Parsley was a Managing Director at Tradewinds Global Investors, an affiliate of Nuveen Investments. He directed the firm’s energy investments across all Tradewinds’ portfolios.
From 2006 to 2012, Mr. Parsley was a Partner and Portfolio Manager at Perella Weinberg Partners in New York. He lead the Firm's efforts in overseeing private and public investments in water, alternative energy and agriculture. He ran the Perella Weinberg Sustainable Resources hedge fund, managing in excess of $500 million. Mr. Parsley was a member of the team that established the asset management platform, which reached $11 billion in assets under management.
Prior to joining Perella Weinberg, Mr. Parsley was portfolio manager of The Water Fund, LP, a New York-based hedge fund that invested globally in water-related companies, including utilities, irrigation, infrastructure and water technology companies.
Mr. Parsley was formerly the Chief Financial Officer of PaperExchange, an e-commerce company majority-owned and chaired by Bob Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots. Prior to this, he was a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company. He has held a seat on the Board of Directors of several water companies, including Underground Solutions, a water pipe and rehabilitation technology company. He lives in Manhattan Beach with his wife and three children.
Mr. Parsley has been a leader in water investing for over 12 years. He has spoken extensively on the subject, including Bloomberg forums and United Nations Business for the Environment conferences in Singapore, Paris and Jakarta. He was a founding member of the IBM Global Innovation Water Team, and co-authored “Liquid Alpha: The Case for Investing in Water.”
Mr. Parsley is a graduate of Pomona College and the Harvard Business School. He spent his college summers guiding raft trips and kayaking through the Grand Canyon and numerous rivers in Central and South America.