Management Team

Monika Mantilla - President and CEO

As President and CEO, Monika Mantilla is responsible for the overall strategic direction and leadership of the firm. Under her leadership, Altura has become a nationally recognized leader and innovator in the Emerging Money Manager space. The firm’s groundbreaking and comprehensive Emerging Manager Information Platform –utilized by some of the largest institutional investors in the country–, its commitment to the institutional market, and its team of seasoned investment professionals, has catapulted Altura to grow and consolidate its presence as an innovative manager of emerging managers group.

Ms. Mantilla’s investment management career is widely complemented by her successful general management career and a lifetime of involvement in community issues. Ms. Mantilla’s rich professional background spans twenty-two years of domestic and international management and investment management experience. Prior to founding Altura Capital, Ms. Mantilla was a principal with an investment management consulting firm holding $2.1 billion dollars of assets. It advised over one hundred institutional and private clients, including pension plans, corporations, unions, endowments, foundations, universities, families and individuals.

Ms. Mantilla is nationally recognized as a researcher, leader and an innovator in the area of capital and diversity. A trusted advisor to some of the largest institutional investors in the country and the world, she has been deeply involved in a variety of national initiatives to grow and expand the small, emerging and diverse institutional money manager category. Her firm's research in the theme of investing with small, entrepreneurial, minority- and women- owned investment firms is widely utilized by institutional investors. She was invited by the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee to address challenges, trends and other issues related to Hispanics in financial services, and she spearheaded two important white papers about Latinos in asset management that have become an important industry resource. She has also been an active advocate for stronger trade and investment throughout the Americas and between the United States and Spain.

Ms. Mantilla and her firm have received numerous honors and awards. In 2010, she was presented with the "Hispanic Heritage Award"—the highest honor for Latinos by Latinos—in the business category, as well as the "Entrepreneur of the Year" by the New York State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the "New York City Entrepreneur of the Year" by Latina Style Magazine and Business Series. In 2007 she received the Opal Financial Group "Special Recognition Award" at the Emerging Manager Summit. In 2006 she received the New York-Westchester Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s "Business Woman of the Year Award", and in 2003 the Hispanic Magazine’s "Excellence in Financial Services Award".

In 2009, 2010 and 2011, Latino Leaders Magazine recognized her as one of the 101 Most Influential Leaders in Hispanic U.S.A. She sits on the board of multiple not-for-profit organizations. She chairs the Capital and Advocacy Committee for the New America Alliance –an organization of American Latino business leaders united to promote the economic, philanthropic and political advancement of the American Latino community. Monika sits on the Corporate Diversity Task Force established by Senator Menendez. She was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce as a member of International Trade Advisory Center (ITAC), a unique public-private partnership jointly managed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Office of United States Trade Representative that engages business leaders in formulating U.S. trade policy.

Ms. Mantilla holds an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York and a Law degree from the Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá, Colombia. She is married to Jay Garcia, COO and CFO at Altura Capital. They have two girls and reside in Scarsdale, New York.

Monika Mantilla
President and CEO