Aarti Kotak

Managing Director, Head of ESG and Social Impact, Ariel Alternatives

Aarti Kotak is the Managing Director, Head of ESG and Social Impact for Ariel Alternatives, a private asset management firm affiliated with Ariel Investments, LLC, and its first private equity initiative, Project Black. In her role, Ms. Kotak works to design and execute Ariel Alternatives’ long-term impact strategy, including Project Black’s focus on building Black and Latinx wealth. She is an attorney with nearly 20 years of experience in economic development, public policy and public-private finance. Most recently, she served as the Chief Strategy and Operations Advisor at PEAK6 and prior to that was Deputy Chief of Staff for Neighborhood Economic Development in the Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Aarti earned her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her J.D. with distinction from Stanford University School of Law.