Derek Scott | VP of Marketing

Derek Scott

Derek joined the CoPeace family as Vice President of Marketing and brings a rich background as a global, customer-focused, growth-driven marketing and business leader. His most recent role was Group Marketing Leader at Pentair, where he led growth programs in the areas of brand strategy, New Product commercialization, and go-to-market initiatives. Prior to that, Derek held marketing leadership roles at several consumer-driven companies including Textron / Arctic Cat, Kemps LLC, Polaris, and General Mills. Over the course of his career, Derek has spanned multiple consumer packaged goods and consumer durables categories and delivered growth across a wide range of dealer and consumer channels. In addition, Derek was an early-stage investor in three Minnesota start-up companies, including VAST Pavers and 56 Brewing.

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Andy Eckert | COO

Andy Eckert

Andy first began working with the CoPeace team in an advisory role in 2022 and has provided leadership support as fractional COO since October, 2023. He brings a wide range of leadership skills to the team, having served most recently as Partner in ARC Angle, an advisory firm to small-to-mid-market manufacturing companies. Before ARC Angle, Andy was a seed investor in five startup companies from 2018-2020 including Modist Brewery in Minneapolis, MN. He is also the former President and CEO of Imperial Plastics – a leading engineered plastic component supplier to numerous Fortune 500 companies – which he led for three years from 2015-2018. Prior to Imperial, he joined Tennant Company in December 2002 and assumed several executive roles including Vice President, Americas in 2009 and Senior Vice President, Americas in 2013. Before joining Tennant in 2002, Mr. Eckert was with Storecast Merchandising Corporation as Senior Vice President of Performance and he earned his start with General Mills, Inc. in a number of sales and marketing leadership positions spanning 15 years.

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Kelsey Sloan | Managing Director, CoPeace Sport

Kelsey Sloan

Kelsey’s career has spanned Olympic and professional sports, improving efficiencies and removing barriers to victory for athletes and the associated sport organizations and businesses. She was a Team Lead at the 2018 Winter Olympics, playing to her strengths in chaotic logistical environments and a lifelong love of the power of international sport. She brings years of varied experience, with a passion for the sport and food industries, and is a strong believer in and advocate for the power of these industries to make people and the planet better.


Born and raised in Maine, she was a NCAA swimmer while earning her BA in International Relations, Latin American Studies, and Political Economy at Carleton College. She received an MBA/MS in Sport Management at the Isenberg School of Management and McCormack Department of Sport Management at UMass Amherst as recipient of the Women in Sports and Events (WISE) Graduate Scholars Award. She loves to travel and speaks Spanish fluently.


She returned to Maine recently where she lives with her husband, Bryan, and dog and spends her free time outdoors whenever able - hiking, running, biking, skiing, or anything else that gets her moving.

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Sophie Ruppert | Managing Director, CoPeace Marketing

Sophie Ruppert

Sophie relocated to the US in 2016 to pursue a collegiate athlete career as well as a B.S. in Business Marketing, with minors in Finance and International Business, at West Chester University of PA. She then gained work experience in Digital/Social Media Marketing and also served as a Financial Analyst in a multinational corporation. In May 2023, Sophie successfully earned her MBA from CU Boulder-Leeds School of Business, and completed a Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility (now known as ESG Strategy). She was an active member and leader of her MBA Community and led MBA Board Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (J.E.D.I.) initiatives at the Leeds Graduate School. Sophie's passion lies in Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, driving her mission to make a positive impact through business.

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Jacob Miller | Senior VP of Finance

Jacob Miller

Jacob provides an eclectic skill set and a diverse array of finance, economics, leadership, research, and service experience to CoPeace. He has used data and modeling techniques to drive strategic planning insights, and build, revise, and optimize CoPeace’s systems. Jacob played a key role in the development of CoPeace’s . VIBE™ (Valuation of Impact Brand Equity) model, a proprietary tool designed to place a relative-value score on an athlete’s positive impact on society.

What’s your ikigai?


“To help create sustainable financial systems that emphasize people and planet on the same level as profit."

Jacob had four articles published in peer-reviewed research journals while at Colorado College. His research interests are economics, data science and public health. He served as a research and learning assistant for Colorado College’s Economics and Business Department.


Jacob graduated from Colorado College, where he completed a bachelor’s degree in mathematical economics. While at Colorado College, Jacob served as president of the Colorado College Student Alumni Association. He also dedicated time to community service, working as a peer tutor and volunteering with the Disabilities Awareness Group. As a member of the men’s basketball team, he served as chair of the community outreach committee on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He also represented the greater student body on the college’s President’s Council.


When he’s not crunching numbers, Jacob can likely be found debating Lord of the Rings, playing Rocket League, or baking bread and pastries.

What is your personal motto?


“Can’t never done nothing.” (Gifted to me from my assistant high school basketball coach)

Craig Jonas, Ph.D. | Founder & CEO

Craig Jonas, Ph.D.

Craig is a lifelong entrepreneur with a history of success across the fields of business, academics, and athletics. He has over 30 years of experience in management with a passion for team-building and drawing individuals with big ideas together.


Craig founded CoPeace in 2018, put together a highly-talented team and board, and quickly helped CoPeace achieve Certified B Corp. and Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) status. He launched CoPeace’s holding company with strong initial investments in sustainable infrastructure and impact-related services. In order to democratize access to the equity game, Craig spurred the creation of a successful crowdfunding investment vehicle. He has been featured in Forbes, Worth, Triple Pundit and numerous other publications and outlets and is a frequent guest on investing-related podcasts.

What’s your ikigai?


"To focus on the long-term future of the world and how I can actively be part of solutions to make it a better place for all inhabitants."

Prior to CoPeace, Craig served as COO of Basketball Travelers and BTI Events, an elite sports event management and media conglomerate. In this role, he supervised international sporting events and tours worldwide. He served as the head or deputy head of the American delegation for the Summer and Winter World University Games from 2007-17.


Previously, Craig served as vice president for business development for the broadcast media technology firm, Sportvision, best known for bringing revolutionary visual enhancements to live sports broadcasts, including American football’s yellow first-down line and baseball’s strike zone. Prior to Sportvision, Craig served as the executive vice president of Coach’s Edge and helped initiate its $100-million merger with Sportvision.


Craig earned his doctorate in conflict management from the University of Kansas, where he also taught leadership, marketing, and management courses. Craig earned a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College in Minnesota, and completed a masters degree at Colorado State University. He is the father of two sons and lives with his wife, Seanna, and dog, Fergus, in Colorado.

What do you want to do before you die?


"I’m doing it! It took me until I was in my 50’s to figure out what I wanted to do when I grew up."