Bonnie Brown, CPA
President and Chief Financial Officer
Bonnie is an experienced business executive, CPA, CEO, and Co-founder of New Earth Partners and Passion Placement. She has extensive experience in US and global finance, raising funds, in both private and public markets, SEC reporting, taxes, and leadership. Bonnie is a plant-based investor and provides outsourced CFO/CAO services to mission-aligned companies. You can connect with Bonnie via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on LinkedIn.
Bonnie grew up on a small family farm in Massachusetts where she developed her love and empathy for animals. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Bentley College and soon after became licensed as a Certified Public Account (CPA). Later she earned a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from Boston University.
Bonnie became a vegetarian as a teenager and vegan years later, for the animals. In her efforts to better apply her skills to her passion and change the world, she identified the need for an employment platform with resources to help those so inclined to follow their heart into their work, paid or volunteer, where the mission of an organization connects with their passion. Thus Passion Placement was born.
Paul Turcotte, PHR
Co-Founder, Director of Development and HR Consultant
Paul is an entrepreneur and executive that, for over twenty years, built, owned, operated, and sold a successful, high volume, real estate brokerage with seventy-five sales associates with offices in Cambridge and Boston Massachusetts.
As CEO, Paul was responsible for all aspects of business operations and doing all that it takes to create a positive and vibrant company culture. As the manager, he was hands-on in recruiting, coaching, and managing sales associates. He was also directly involved in human resources including staffing and employment issues.
Currently, Paul is the Co-founder and the Director of HR Services for New Earth Partners, which is an outsourced professional services company that specializes in working with plant-based and vegan companies and entrepreneurs. He is also the Co-founder, HR Consultant, and Director of Development for Passion Placement, the largest plant-based and vegan job platform.
Paul helps people find their passion through meaningful, mission-aligned work with companies focused on solutions to climate change and the global movement toward a plant-based supply chain across all market sectors. He helps companies develop HR strategies, avoid staffing problems, and build positive, supportive cultures and teams.
Paul recently completed the Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate through T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. He is A Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and a member of The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Paul was inspired through his late wife’s challenges with cancer to switch to a plant-based, vegan lifestyle. Shortly thereafter he met and married his partner, Bonnie Brown. Together they share a commitment to support people and companies dedicated to climate change, reducing factory farming, and creating a healthy plant-based food system.
Bonnie and Paul spend most of their time on the West Coast, (the Sun Coast ) of Florida or on the east coast of Massachusetts with their two cats, Lily and Carrie.
Director of Marketing Strategies and PR
After receiving degrees from Northwestern and from The Thunderbird School of Global Management, Elysabeth Alfano started her career in Brand Marketing with Special K and Frosted Mini Wheats at The Kellogg Company. She then successfully ran her own international company before exiting and focusing on investing. In 2019, she started Plant Powered Consulting to help brands launch and succeed by solidifying branding, growing brand awareness and voice, and carving out market share.
A seasoned speaker and writer, Elysabeth combines her business acumen, journalism and on-camera skills to host The Plantbased Business Hour and The Plantbased Business Minute.
Citing clients such as vegconomist-the vegan business magazine, vKind, The Vegan Museum and Change Foods, Elysabeth has been with Passion Placement since the early days. She focuses on marketing and media strategies, assisting with client relations and connections in the plant-based landscape, and, along with Plant Powered Consulting, developing and executing the branded social media platforms.