Diversity & Inclusion

Seeking inclusive thinking and soliciting honest views through healthy debate is a vital part of our culture at Tortoise. These dynamic leaders ensure our diverse voices are heard and that the broader concerns of our investment community are represented.

H. Kevin Birzer, CFA
Chief Executive Officer

Our Philosophy

At Tortoise, we know that our most essential assets are our people. We foster intellectual curiosity and encourage healthy debate. The only way for these tenets to succeed is within a diverse workforce. One where different ideas, viewpoints, opinions and backgrounds are encouraged in conjunction with a shared vision and core values.

Our philosophy is to put our clients first, employees second and the company third. Having a diverse workforce helps us to meet these objectives.

  • Our clients have diverse needs, we can better serve them with many an inclusive staff
  • Diversity facilitates productive collaboration among employees
  • We believe the company will provide better business and investment results through vigorous debate among diverse groups

Our geographic location and investment specialty provide challenges, but we strive to improve these numbers over time by enhancing recruiting and mentoring efforts and partnering with diverse organizations.

Women in leadership at Tortoise

“It is extremely fulfilling to lead Tortoise’s strategic growth efforts to ensure that we are providing the right solutions to serve our clients evolving needs and also offer growth opportunities to attract and maintain the best talent.”

Michelle (Kelly) Johnston, Senior Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer

“It is exciting to play an integral role in guiding the company through the complex regulatory landscape that comes with being a global firm.”

Lisa Anderson, Chief Compliance Officer and Counsel – Tortoise U.K.

“Tortoise has provided me the opportunity to build a brand that makes an impact on society and our clients’ portfolios.”

Jen Ashlock, Managing Director and Chief Marketing Officer

“Administering the complex aspects of Tortoise’s compliance program is challenging, rewarding and crucial to our success, while also aligning with the core values of the firm.”

Diane Bono, Managing Director and Chief Compliance Officer

“My career as an executive in the energy sector gives me a deep understanding of our investment objectives and a unique voice to represent Tortoise’s closed end fund investors at the board level.”

Alex Herger, Tortoise Closed-End Fund Independent Board Member

“As a board member, I have the opportunity to guide Tortoise in making thoughtful, sustainable and innovative decisions that benefit and reward investors.”

Jennifer Paquette, Tortoise Closed-End Fund Independent Board Member

"It’s very rewarding to lead Tortoise’s human resources strategy and support our high performance culture where diversity is embraced, intellectual curiosity is encouraged and employees can professionally thrive."

Mary Meacham, Managing Director and Chief People Officer


"It’s energizing to work on our strategic initiatives alongside very creative and enthusiastic cross-functional teams to develop impactful client-driven products and solutions."

Kate Moore, Director, Product Development


Female Executive Committee


Female Closed-End Board


Female and minority officers*

* Vice President and above