Liza Soydan

Fund Partner

Liza is a co-founder of Chestnut Catalyst Group, a woman-led firm that partners and consults with capital groups, community organizations, non-profits, and businesses to drive social innovation across boundaries. Chestnut Catalyst Group is an affiliate of Chestnut Funds helping inform fund strategy, source impactful projects, and evaluate investment impacts for Chestnut Opportunity Zone Fund. 


Liza has worked for more than a decade as a management and strategy consultant to clients in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. In 2018, she led an initiative to prepare key stakeholders in the southeast Tennessee region to leverage Opportunity Zone opportunities for impactful economic and community development. Since 2015, she has worked with Community Development Entities to develop New Markets Tax Credit applications and analyze New Markets Tax Credit projects’ community outcomes. She conducts community needs assessments and collects outcome and stakeholders’ insight data on behalf of economic and community development organizations across the country.


Liza received a BBA in Marketing and an MBA from the University of West Georgia.


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Suite 221

Chattanooga, TN 37402





Chestnut Funds extends its expertise through its affiliate relationships. Chestnut Development offers development management and project management services to select Chestnut Funds investments. Chestnut Catalyst brings knowledge and experience in impact framework design and measurement, strategic capacity building, and venture investing to Chestnut's Opportunity Zone Fund.

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