Co-Founder and Co-CEO, NPX
Catarina Schwab is the Co-Founder & Co-CEO of NPX where she is leading the charge to transform the way impact is financed in the nonprofit sector with her Co-Founder & Co-CEO Lindsay Beck.
Before NPX, Catarina was the VP, Development at the global nonprofit buildOn. During her five-year tenure, she significantly expanded and diversified the donor base and raised awareness for buildOn’s U.S. service learning program and international school construction program. Despite her great passion for the work, she was frustrated by the inefficient fundraising model and felt motivated to explore a new approach.
Prior to buildOn, Catarina was the Co-Founder & Co-Owner of Flicka Boutique, a Scandinavian fashion and design store in San Francisco selected as a must-visit destination by InStyle and Lucky magazines. As Co-Owner, she led the financial analysis & execution to optimize profitability, as well as PR & marketing efforts that secured placement in over 25 global publications.
Catarina’s desire to start her own business came from her previous experience at the transatlantic venture capital firm, Arts Alliance. As an Associate, she invested in early stage technology companies in Europe and the United States and assisted portfolio companies by refining business models, identifying business development opportunities, securing additional investors and hiring key people. She worked in Arts Alliance’s London and NYC offices and then moved to San Francisco to join one of the portfolio companies as the Director of Strategy in order to deepen her operating experience.
Throughout Catarina’s career she has dedicated her time to her alma maters, Princeton University and Phillips Exeter Academy, and various nonprofits. She currently serves on the buildOn West Coast Board, Common Sense Media Bay Area Council, GreenLight Fund Selection Advisory Council, Katherine Delmar Burke School, and NationSwell Council.