Leadership & Advisory Boards



Avivar Capital

Daniel Tellalian is a Managing Partner of Avivar Capital, an SEC-registered impact investing advisory firm focused on managing impact investment portfolios and developing impact-driven funds and families of funds on behalf of clients. Avivar assists foundations, banks and other institutional investors in the design and execution of impact investing strategy for financial, social and environmental return.  As part of his practice, Daniel was active in the design and deployment of the California FreshWorks Fund, resulting in 71 transactions and over $62 million in financing into healthy food enterprises statewide.  Daniel is currently advising in the redesign and recapitalization of a FreshWorks 2.0, as well as advising on the operations of the Michigan Good Food Fund.  Prior to joining the firm, Daniel was a Principal and 14-year partner at Emerging Markets, Inc. (EMI), an economic development consulting firm that assists the private sector to responsibly pursue business opportunities in low-income areas nationwide. During that time Daniel led client engagements in the firm’s regional banking and food retailing sectors, assisting financial institutions and supermarket operators in California and nationally. A proponent of neighborhood-scale development, Daniel has more than a decade of working knowledge designing and executing place-based initiatives and was a founding board member of the Center for Place-Based Initiatives (now known as the Emerging Markets Development Corporation). He also serves as an advisor to Nielsen, the world’s leading information source of what consumers buy and watch, to help ensure that underrepresented segments are adequately engaged and measured in market research. A licensed CPA and attorney in California, Daniel draws upon an economics degree from the Wharton School and graduate degrees in law and business from UC Berkeley. He was awarded an Echoing Green fellowship for his economic development work in 1998.  Daniel lives in Los Angeles with his wife Monica and two daughters.