About

Carole Crist

Founder & CEO

Carole Crist is the Founder and CEO of CLC Global Advisors, an advisory firm with offices in New York City and Miami specializing in Impact Investing, Technology, Smart Cities and Philanthropy. With more than a decade of experience in US national politics, Ms. Crist has deep expertise in campaign fundraising and strategy. 

After graduating magna cum laude from Georgetown University, Crist co-founded Blue Star Jets, a pioneer of private jet chartering within the airline industry, and also led her family’s 100-year old business specializing in global wholesale distribution. 

More recently, Ms. Crist served as Campaign Director for State of Florida Governor Charlie Crist, helping fundraise millions of dollars for his winning Congressional race, overseeing his transition into Federal office, and serving as his Senior Advisor. In her role as First Lady of Florida, Ms. Crist accompanied the Governor to official visits to the White House, Fortune 500 Companies, military bases, and hosted numerous charity events. Specifically, Ms. Crist led many efforts working with the Governor’s administration as the state weathered the 2008 Financial Recession and the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

CLC Global Advisors is driven by the guiding principle of “Capital with a Conscience”, and offers strategic consulting, business development, and marketing solutions. As a highly experienced political strategist and businesswoman, Crist and her team of global experts work with a select group of clients focusing on opportunity zones, smart cities, disruptive technologies in energy & agriculture, healthcare innovation and philanthropy.

She has appeared in The New York Times, the Miami Herald, POLITICO, MarketWatch, among other national publications.

Anitha Vadavatha

Director of Smart Cities and Sustainable Development

Anitha is deeply engaged at the intersection of science, technology, innovation, and business that is driving automation and Fourth Industrial revolution. At CLC Global Advisors (CLC), an advisory firm with offices in New York City and Miami, she is part of the task force bringing impact investing, disruptive technologies, and philanthropic initiatives to smart city and sustainable development. With a guiding principle of “Capital with a Conscience”, CLC helps drive transformation to global institutions, foundations, family offices, funds, technology and development clients.

Besides, Anitha is an exponential technologies advisor, founder of d.Cent Labs, ExO (Exponential Organization) Consultant, and an alumna of Singularity University (SU) and was a consulting Advisor to Aegis Custody. Named ‘Top Ten Frontier Women’ in connection with Decade of Women by United Nations-Fifth Element Group in partnership with Thomson Reuters & Morning Star. Previously she led India China America Institute, a research organization focused on the tri-lateral relationship of the three largest consumer economies and emerging markets. Her career spans a couple of decades with Fortune 100 corporate, 3 tech startups and management consulting in Financial Services, Technology & Non-Profit sectors in the US and India.

She advises and mentors AI, Bio-Healthcare, Blockchain companies at SU Ventures, SU Smart City accelerator, California Life Sciences Institute, MIT Media Lab Emerging Worlds and GSV Labs. A global speaker and often invited to contribute on science, technology, innovation and SDGs at UNGA, REDX, Geeks Without Frontiers, International Congress on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and HOPE Global Forum. Anitha is a member of FinTech Core, an independent global group that advises state of Andhra Pradesh in India on Smart Cities, especially in fostering the city of Vizag to become a leading Fintech hub. Anitha serves on the Advisory board of Kalpana Chawla Scholarship for innovation, entrepreneurship & space at the ISU. Was nominated for ABC 40 under 40 and a recipient of Outstanding Leadership award from the World Affairs Council of Atlanta.

Clients Include

Family Offices

HNW Individuals

Asset Management Funds

Law Firms

CPA Firms

Global Investment Banking Firms

Wealth Management Firms

Private Equity Groups

Venture Capital Firms

Hedge Funds

Real Estate Developers

Commercial Real Estate Funds

Global Impact Businesses

Disruptive Technology Firms

Charitable Foundations