Eric Kessler

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Founder, New Venture Fund

Founder, Principal, and Senior Managing Director, Arabella Advisors

President, Windward Fund

Co-Founder, Chef Action Network

Former National Field Director, League of Conservation Voters

Board Member:

New Venture Fund (Board Chair)

James Beard Foundation

National Democratic Institute

Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (Former)

Eric Kessler is founder, principal, and senior managing director of Arabella Advisors, a Washington, D.C.-based philanthropic consultancy that caters to left-leaning clients. Arabella Advisors also manages a number of center-left funding and fiscal sponsorship organizations, including 501(c)(4) Sixteen Thirty Fund, 501(c)(3) New Venture Fund, 501(c)(3) Hopewell Fund, and 501(c)(3) Windward Fund. Kessler himself is closely involved with these organizations, often serving as the founder, principal officer, or board member in them.

Kessler is closely involved in Democratic Party and left-wing politics. He is a former Clinton administration White House appointee and previously served as national field director for the League of Conservation Voters. [1] Kessler later served as a member of the now-defunct Clinton Global Initiative. [2]

Kessler chairs a committee on culinary advocacy for the center-left James Beard Foundation and is co-founder of the Chef Action Network. He also serves on the board of directors of the National Democratic Institute. [3]

Arabella Advisors

Eric Kessler is the founder of Arabella Advisors, a for-profit firm that manages four nonprofits, which in turn sponsor hundreds of “fake” groups: websites designed to look like standalone activist organizations. [4]

According to disclosure forms filed in those nonprofits’ 2018 IRS Form 990 filings, Kessler’s stake in Arabella Advisors exceeds 35 percent (the exact figure is unknown). [5]


  1. Soledad O’Brien. “Be the Change: Eric Kessler’s Arabella Advisors helps philanthropists focus their giving for a new goals-oriented age.” Worth. November 16, 2017. Accessed January 4, 2019. ^
  2. “Eric Kessler.” Friends of the Global Fight. Accessed March 27, 2019. Original URL:; Available: ^
  3. Profile: Eric Kessler. Arabella Advisors. Accessed January 4, 2019. ^
  4. Hayden R. Ludwig. “Big Money in Dark Shadows: Arabella Advisors’ Half-billion-dollar ‘Dark Money’ Network.” Capital Research Center ( ^
  5. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). New Venture Fund. Schedule L: Part V (Supplemental Information). ^
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