James Rasteh

James Rasteh

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James Rasteh is the Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Coast Capital. He began his career at Sierra Global Management in 1997 as the first analyst of the firm. While at Sierra, he learned the disciplines of investing in leading companies in growing and profitable industries. Rasteh is also a champion of human rights and environmental preservation. He is an event-driven activist investor with ESG focus.

Professional Experience

Academic History

  • At White Eagle, Rasteh ran an event-driven, activist, and hedged equities portfolio.
    • That fund out-performed peers and relevant indices by >37% over the life of the fund
    • He also led 5 co-investments from 2011 to 2016.
  • He was a Govt of Italy Scholar, BC Walter D. Frith, J. Fed Muir Scholar, and Governor General’s medal award winner.
  • He is fluent in English, French, Italian, Spanish, and Persian.
  • He lives his ESG passion as a NY Board Member of Human Rights Watch and Pachamama Alliance.
  • He has appeared as a guest on Real Vision multiple times.