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The Pearl Fund Adds Three New Advisors


The Pearl Fund (, the first opportunity zone fund that is also a venture capital fund focused on spurring economic development in opportunity zones throughout New York and Pennsylvaniais pleased to welcome three new advisors. The team of highly-specialized, diversified and accomplished executives brings extensive leadership experience for multinational corporations and startups. The new members are:

  • G. Robert (Bob) James, founder and chairman, The Solomon Group. James brings over three decades of experience driving business transformation across the public and private sectorsand is an expert in turnaround management and global business strategy.
  • Alysha Light, founder, FLIGHT PR. With over 15 years of public relations experience, Light represents a range of companies from early-stage startups to publicly traded corporations such as Google and Match Group. She previously led corporate communications for global media agency network Starcom MediaVest Group.
  • Jinal Shah, principal, Shah Menon & Co. With past roles as VP of e-commerce marketing at Newell Brands (NASDAQ: NWL) and global digital director for WPPs J. Walter Thompson advertising agency, Shah is a highly sought-after expert in helping small to mid-sized companies build their marketing and e-commerce capability.

We are pleased to welcome and gain the perspective of our new advisors, said Brian Phillips, founder and managing partner of The Pearl Fund. Our investors, startups, and founders will benefit tremendously from the breadth and depth of experience that these leaders bring to the table, and we look forward to putting their insights to work.

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About The Pearl Fund The Pearl Fund is the first opportunity zone fund that is also a venture capital fund investing in early-stage startups and their founders. Led by serial entrepreneur and global economic development expert Brian Phillips, who has been a founding member of over a dozen startups (two IPOs, two acquisitions and one sold via an MBO), The Pearl Fund focuses on high-potential businesses that can yield a 10X+ return. For more information, visit

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