Devin Whatley is a Managing Partner at the Ecosystem Integrity Fund, where he leads deal structuring, negotiations, and fund operations; assists with the fund strategy; and works closely with the portfolio companies. He has been dedicated to environmental sustainability for more than 20 years and in particular the application of sustainability in technology and commerce. He believes that demonstrating business success in sustainability is not only possible, but also required in order to accelerate the shift to a sustainable existence.
Devin serves as a Director on the boards of Flying Embers, EV Connect, Bluon, Pegasus Solar, Synova Power, OneEnergy Renewables, Complete Solar, LumiGrow, and Progressive Brands. He is formerly a board member of KeVita, and was also a board observer at Zep Solar, CleanFund, and SynchroNet.
Devin’s background is as a sustainability-focused entrepreneur, with significant experience in operations, sales, and finance. He began his career in the film business, where he developed and honed his operations and cost-management skills as the producer of more than 50 large-budget commercials and music videos. During this time he nurtured a growing fascination with environmental sustainability and became a passionate student of green business.
Looking for a way to use his diverse skill set as a “triple-bottom-line” entrepreneur, in 2000 Devin launched a gourmet, organic home delivery and packaged food business that catered to the Hollywood elite. From an initial $10,000 investment, Devin rapidly grew the firm, exiting it within three years to a larger natural food manufacturer in the region. Subsequently, Devin was the general manager of a start-up organic winery that he grew to profitability, and also developed and ran a successful luxury yoga retreat business near Santa Barbara.
After a brief stint at his family’s award-winning mutual fund, where he worked with the investment team and institutional sales group, Devin became a partner at Aquillian Investments and subsequently co-founded the Ecosystem Integrity Fund.
Devin has an MBA from Wharton and was a CFA Charterholder. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA’s Honors Division, where he was both an Alumni Scholar and Regents’ Scholar, earning a degree in East Asian Studies with a Business minor. Away from the office, Devin can be found in the pool with his local Masters swim team, running the nearby trails, or doing some outdoor activity with his wife and their two elementary school age kids.