Financial Specialist

Financial Specialists provide finance expertise for projects with a commercial purpose or programs requiring budget development. They join in projects when financial strategy, modeling and analysis is required, typically working with NVA team members on multiple projects simultaneously.


  • 5+ years of total business experience required
  • 2+ years of consulting experience preferred
  • Strong analytical skills and financial modeling experience required
  • Mastery of financial modeling using Excel required
  • Entrepreneurial finance and venture capital experience is a plus
  • MBA or equivalent finance experience required
  • Food industry experience preferred
  • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written, required
  • Able to communicate complex financials to a non-financial audience


  • Research and prepare financial forecasts and analyses including pro forma financial statements (P&L, balance sheet, cash flow), analytical models (e.g. break even, capacity, unit economics, capital budgeting) and financing strategies for client projects
  • Create narrative descriptions of analyses to convey findings to clients
  • Synthesize findings with the NVA team to make recommendations to clients
  • Ensure deliverables meet or exceed NVA quality and meet the needs of the client



Contact Us

Please send your resume and short letter of introduction to [email protected].

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 Whatcom County Food System Plan

In 2021, the Whatcom County Food System Committee conducted a community food assessment that pointed to key opportunities to build a more robust and resilient regional food system. New Venture Advisors partnered with Whatcom County staff and the Food System Committee to draft a Whatcom County Food System Plan that builds upon these findings. This Plan focuses on five key goals for building a more equitable, sustainable, and resilient food system, and was informed by an inclusive community engagement process. The Food System Plan will provide the county with a policy roadmap that will strengthen the local food system for years to come. (2023)

 Whatcom Local Food Campus

The Whatcom Community Foundation invests in activities and organizations that improve the ability of people to help themselves, increase connections among people, and take cooperative approaches to community issues. WCF is exploring the development of a local food campus on a waterfront property that would become a multi-tenant site, anchored by a collaborative production kitchen benefitting food access, school system, and community organizations. The goal is strengthening Whatcom County’s local food system by promoting health equity, forging tangible strategic connections between food production organizations, and helping farmers connect with institutional markets. The facility will also feature an incubation kitchen, demonstration kitchen, event and classroom space, collaborative office and conference facilities, and housing.  New Venture Advisors developed the business case for this ambitious project and continues to support its development through engagement and operational development. (2023)