Zack Ellison, Founder of Venture Debt Investor Applied Real Intelligence (“ARI”), Selected to Join the Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle (YLC)

LOS ANGELES, February 02, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Applied Real Intelligence (“ARI”), a venture debt investment management firm headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices in San Francisco and Dallas, has the pleased to announce that its Founder, General Partner and Director Investment Officer, Zack Ellison, CFA, CAIA, has been selected for the Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle (YLC).

The Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle (YLC) is comprised of intellectually curious, driven, and philanthropic young professionals under the age of 40 who support the Milken Institute and its mission to increase global prosperity by advancing collaborative solutions that expand access to capital, create jobs, and improve health.

Young leaders, representing the best and brightest from a wide variety of industries around the world, are assessed against rigorous selection criteria to join the YLC and work closely with the Milken Institute to pursue its mission.

Since its inception, the Milken Institute has been dedicated to connecting people, organizations and resources to catalyze solutions to persistent global challenges. As a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and publicly supported organization, the Milken Institute is well known for its powerful gatherings that break down silos between the public and private sectors. Each Milken Institute meeting covers twelve content tracks, including: diversity, equity and inclusion; Access to capital and economic opportunities; and Technology and Innovation.

The annual Milken Institute Global Conference brings together more than 5,000 of the world’s most prominent thought leaders and business leaders. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the World Conference, which will take place May 1-4 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

“I created ARI with two missions in mind: to provide unique access to innovation as an investable asset class for family offices, foundations, endowments, pensions and other institutional investors, and to democratize access to capital for all types of founders, especially women. and other underrepresented groups. The Milken Institute shares these same core values, and I am honored to join their Young Leaders Circle. I look forward to working closely together with the YLC and the Milken Institute to help further efforts such as expanding access to capital, advancing diversity initiatives, and funding high-impact innovation,” said Zack Ellison.

“Our 300 YLC members are at the heart of the work we do here at the Milken Institute. They are leaders in the making and the key to future prosperity,” said Alexandra Schueler, director of strategic markets and business and program development at the Milken Institute.

“The Young Leaders Circle is an exceptional community of young professionals who support our mission; we think Zack is an amazing addition to our community and we look forward to working with him this year,” said Ande Murray, Head of the Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle. .

About Applied Real Intelligence LLC (“ARI”)

ARI is a Los Angeles-based venture debt investment manager focused on providing financing solutions to innovative, high-growth companies in underserved regions of North America. ARI has a dual mission: (1) to democratize access to capital for all founders; (2) provide ARI investors with access to innovation as an asset class, superior risk-adjusted returns, safety of capital and strong portfolio diversification benefits. As Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of ARI, Zack Ellison, CFA, CAIA, is responsible for leading the management and investment activities of the firm, including investment sourcing, due diligence , structuring and execution, and portfolio management. To learn more, please visit

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