Our Management Team

Dave B. Straley

Dave Straley founded 3rd Creek Investments, Inc. (3CI) in 1999. He is an investment advisor representative and certified public accountant (CPA). Prior to founding 3CI, Dave worked in the public sector at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as a Foreign Service Officer. While at USAID he developed programs in land reform, infrastructure, HIV/AIDS prevention, small business development, community based land resource development, and democracy and governance. Dave also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua between 1974 and 1976, working on post earthquake reconstruction of Managua as an urban planner.

Dave's domestic experience includes 20 years in tax planning and preparation, small business consulting, and specialty work in health care accounting, and reimbursement consulting. In 2007, Dave started 3rd Creek Ventures (3CV) and 3rd Creek Foundation (3CF) with his wife Pamela, where they continue work on independent projects in business development and philanthropy.

Dave graduated from California State University at Long Beach, with a B.A. in Economics. He later received his M.A. in Economics also at California State University at Long Beach.


Harris Kirschner

Harris joined 3rd Creek Investments and 3rd Creek Accounting in 2010. He is a investment advisor representative and a staff accountant. Harris also serves on the board of 3rd Creek Foundation and 3rd Creek Medical Ventures.

Harris graduated from the University of Denver with a B.A. in Finance and a double minor in Economics and International Studies.


Gwen Straley

Gwen Straley joined 3rd Creek Investments in 2013. She is an investment advisor representative and the Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to 3CI, Gwen worked for a diverse range of organizations in some of the most complex environments in the world. Some highlights include managing a large-scale nutrition program in Somalia, developing an impact investing strategy for the Government of Liberia, and facilitating a successful, multi-stakeholder partnership in Palestine. She has also consulted for government, foundations, NGOs, and small businesses in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. Gwen also serves as Executive Director of 3rd Creek Foundation where she oversees the foundation's grant-making processes and ensures fiscal and regulatory compliance.

Gwen holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management where she was awarded the Barton Kyle Yount Award, the school's highest distinction. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College with a concentration in Sustainable Development.

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