Josh Goldin ’00, co-founder of Alliance Consumer Growth, a New York-based private equity fund, was chosen by Forbes as one of the 25 “CircleUp Kingmakers” for his work as an investor in emerging consumer and retail companies. Forbes contributor Ryan Caldbeck described the 25 Kingmakers as “men and women whose names repeatedly arise in conversations with industry experts and consumer companies large and small… connectors, brilliant thinkers, visionaries and retailers and investors-extraordinaire.” Others on the list include Mickey Drexler, CEO of J. Crew; John Foraker, CEO of Annie’s Natural Foods; and Betsy Foster, Global VP of Whole Foods.
In describing Goldin, Caldbeck notes his passion for helping entrepreneurial companies “reach their full potential,” adding that Goldin’s firm has “developed a stellar reputation for identifying rising star brands early on, providing growth capital, and using its strong industry network and brand-building expertise to help partner companies grow and thrive.” Alliance Consumer Growth has invested in companies such as Shake Shack, Krave Jerky, Evol Foods, BabyGanics and Kriser’s Pets.
A French Studies major at Wesleyan, Goldin earned his master’s degree in business administration from Harvard. He and his wife, Jessica Ruthizer Goldin ’00, executive director of marketing at Clinique, live in New York City with their two children.