Diana Propper de Callejon
Diana is a Managing Director at Cranemere, a holding company that acquires and grows mid- market private companies for the long term. With permanent capital, Cranemere backs companies without a view to exit, and is a particularly appealing partner to founder and family owned companies.
Diana leads Cranemere’s Sustainability and Purpose-led acquisitions team. She is focused on acquiring established sustainability market leaders and purpose‐led companies across diverse sectors, including energy efficiency, green building, organic/natural foods, and healthy living. Diana also is responsible for working with Cranemere’s portfolio companies across all sectors (including industrials and healthcare services) to bring each company to a leadership position on environmental and social performance to drive impact and unlock business value. Cranemere’s unique model enables long term oriented ESG investments with a focus on business innovation, supply chain engagement, workforce training and wellbeing and new product design for environmental markets. These investments, similar in approach to corporate R&D spending, go beyond traditional CSR and ESG initiatives that are often limited to shorter term activities and payback.
Prior to joining Cranemere, Diana was a Partner at Expansion Capital Partners, a sustainability and cleantech growth stage venture fund where she invested in green building and energy efficiency, taking companies public and executing successful trade sales, including DIRTT Environmental Solutions and CPower. Diana has also been an advisor to family offices on developing impact investment strategies and on fund and direct impact investments
Diana’s Aspen Institute and Capital Institute Fellowships focused on researching innovative deal terms and investment structures that build stronger and more aligned partnerships between investors and purpose-led enterprises. The research was backed by the MacArthur Foundation and the Omidyar Network and the findings have been launched in a web‐based toolkit that can be openly accessed by investors and entrepreneurs.
Diana is a Member of the Board of the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council). NRDC works to safeguard the earth – its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends.
Diana also serves on the Board of Echoing Green, which provides seed stage capital to social entrepreneurs globally and has several recipients working in Kenya. She is also on the advisory board of Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.
Diana has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA Summa Cum Laude from Duke University. She lives in NY where she can be found with her sons at the baseball field or music recital hall.