Cody Nystrom

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Cody Nystrom is a Managing Director at SJF Ventures. She joined SJF in the Durham, North Carolina office in 2007.

She also works with SJF’s allied non-profit, SJF Advisory Services, to provide resources to entrepreneurs working to grow positive impact enterprises. As a member of the SJF investment team, Cody actively sources new deal opportunities, performs due diligence and helps manage new investments. 

Cody helped found and co-leads the Raleigh-Durham CleanLinks Network, a cleantech business networking group with over 600 members. Additionally, Cody serves on selection, judging and advisory committees for Investors Circle, SVCIC (Sustainable Venture Capital Investment Competition) and the T-100 mentoring group at University of Virginia. In addition to her interest and involvement in clean energy, she has a strong passion for nutrition and sustainable food systems.

Cody was previously with Ewing Bemiss & Co., a middle-market investment bank based in Richmond, Virginia where she focused on renewable energy M&A transactions with specific experience involving landfill gas and waste-to-energy companies. Cody holds an BS (summa cum laude) in Systems and Information Engineering from the University of Virginia with a minor in Business.

Cody represents SJF on the boards of Validic (mobile health data platform), Fit4D (medical adherence solutions for chronic conditions), Versify Solutions (business analytics for utilities and power producers), Community Energy, Inc. (utility-scale solar developer and renewable energy credit marketer) and Vital Farms (national provider of pasture-raised eggs and poultry products). She previously led the investment in CleanScapes (waste and recycling services provider) before its successful exit in 2011 to Recology.

Additionally, Cody serves on advising committees for Lighthouse Labs, Commonwealth Energy Fund, Virginia Solar Development Authority and the Venture Forward mentoring group at University of Virginia.

Cody was previously at Ewing Bemiss & Co., an investment bank based in Richmond, Virginia that provides M&A and other financial advisory services to middle-market companies, primarily in the energy and healthcare services sectors. Cody graduated summa cum laude from the University of Virginia with a BS in Systems and Information Engineering and a minor in Business.


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