Jesse Cooke

Vice President, Investments
Ulupono Initiative
At Ulupono Initiative, Jesse provides financial and technical due diligence for investment decisions on various projects. His main focus at Ulupono has been to seek and support organizations that are working to increase local food production in the islands. Jesse oversees a team of investment associates and provides crucial guidance on Ulupono's agricultural strategy. Since he's been with Ulupono, Jesse has been able to cultivate relationships with farmers, ranchers and other growers in a community that is typically fragmented and widespread. His work goes beyond crunching numbers on a spreadsheet -- he personally visits local farms on all islands and meets with members of the agricultural community to see first-hand the challenges, opportunities and solutions each operation is facing. A graduate of St. Louis School in Honolulu, Jesse earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Emory University and a Master of Business Administration from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.