Our team has decades of experience investing, advising and building early-stage companies.
Chairman and CEO
Andy Sandler is an entrepreneur, investor, and strategic advisor to the financial services industry. He leads Temerity Capital Partners, the Sandler family office and private investment company, which invests in and advises early-stage companies developing new technologies in financial services.
Andy is founder and Chairman of Treliant, the nation’s preeminent privately owned and operated financial services industry consulting firm; CEO and founder of Asurity Technologies, a software firm focused on providing automated compliance management solutions for the mortgage and banking industries; and founder of The Sandler Family Foundation, which focuses on impact investing and supporting social entrepreneurship. Andy also founded and led Buckley Sandler, a premier financial services law firm.
For the past 30 years, Andy has been a trusted legal advisor and counsel in significant litigation and enforcement matters to the financial services industry first as a Partner at Skadden and most recently as Chairman and Executive Partner of Buckley Sandler. Chambers USA has recognized Andy as “one of the leading stars of the financial services regulatory firmament.” Legal Times named him as a “Legal Visionary” for his role in founding and leading Buckley Sandler and as “Deal Maker of the Year” for his regulatory advice in navigating complex transactions. Andy was named a Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year finalist for his representation of the Navajo Nation in its breach of trust litigation with the United States where Andy and his colleagues achieved a $554 million settlement for the Nation in 2014.
Andy sits on the Board of Advisors of the American Association of Bank Directors and serves as the Vice Chair of the National Board of Directors of the Cancer Support Community, a global non-profit organization delivering psycho-social support to cancer patients and caregivers.
Andy holds a J.D. and M.B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Wharton School of Business; an M.A. from the University of Warwick (U.K., Rotary Foundation Fellow), and a BA from Union College. He is a fellow in the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers. His leadership roles at the American Bar Association Litigation and Business Law Sections have included Chair of the Consumer and Civil Rights Committee and Vice Chair of the Banking Law Committee.
Chief Investment Officer
Jonathan Evans is the Chief Investment Officer of Temerity Capital Partners, where he is responsible for overseeing all investment efforts, with a focus on asset allocation, deal origination and diligence, and portfolio monitoring. As a founding employee of Temerity in 2015, he coordinated the buildout of the family office’s infrastructure and governance. Prior to joining Temerity, Jonathan was a member of the alternative investments group at Goldman Sachs, the Troubled Asset Relief Program staff at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and an analyst at J.P.Morgan. He currently serves on the board of directors of Lawgix Inc. and previously served on the board of Treliant. Jonathan holds a B.S. from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Chief of Staff
Alicia Amling is the Chief of Staff at Temerity Capital Partners, where she manages outward-facing projects for Temerity and its CEO. Alicia joined the team after a career in network television where she produced and reported from Capitol Hill, the White House, and all around the country during Campaigns 2012 and 2016. Alicia got her start in Washington working for the number one-rated public affairs show, “Face the Nation.” Alicia holds a B.A. from Washington and Lee University, in Lexington, Va.
Michael Sandler is a Principal at Temerity Capital Partners leading Venture Capital investing with a focus on early stage Fintech and Regtech companies. Previously Michael was a management consultant with Treliant Risk Advisors in Washington, D.C. and New York City. Michael’s other previous experience includes stints with venture backed startups Credit Karma and Self Lender; investing in early stage companies at Wild Basin Investments; and financial regulatory policy work at the Treasury Department and the U.S. House of Representatives. Michael holds a B.S.M. in Finance from Tulane University, an M.B.A. from The McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas, and a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law.
Jake Sandler is a Principal at Temerity Capital Partners assisting Venture Capital investing and functioning as the Operating Partner for portfolio company Asurity Technologies. Jake is also currently the CEO and Co-founder of a civic tech platform that makes it easy for citizens to motivate politicians to do better through micro grassroots fundraising. Previously Jake helped build Asurity Technologies, a B2B SaaS compliance analytic company. Jake started at Asurity as the first employee and eventually led strategy, corporate development, business operations and marketing. Jake’s other previous experience includes time as a management consultant with Treliant, as a political consultant with Smith Dawson Andrews and GMMB and most importantly as a snowboard instructor in Breckenridge, Colorado. Jake has a B.A. in Political Economy and Spanish from Tulane University.
Karna Laubenstein is Counsel at Temerity Capital Partners. Karna served as Corporate Counsel for Treliant, a consulting firm to the financial services industry. While at Treliant she handled contract negotiation, compliance oversight, employment law, and legal research. Prior to joining Treliant, Karna served as a Fair Lending Analyst with BuckleySandler LLP, where she supported the fair and responsible banking practice group and assisted with compliance risk management reviews of financial institutions. During law school, she worked as a student attorney for the Janet R. Spragens Federal Tax Clinic, representing low-income taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service and US Tax Court. She also interned at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the American Bar Association. Karna received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law and her B.A. in Sociology from Tulane University. She is a member of the Maryland Bar.
Yvette Swanston is the Executive Assistant to the CEO. Yvette has more than 30 years of experience working with C-Suite Executives and Senior Government Officials in various administrative roles. She has more than 20 years of experience working for various law firms including Gaston & Snow, Morgan Lewis & Bockius and Mayer Brown. Yvette has worked with Managing and Senior Partners on corporate mergers and acquisitions, registration statements, litigation, employment law and real estate. She worked for more than eight years at the New York Stock Exchange, both on Wall Street in New York and in Washington, D.C. Her role in New York included serving as the right arm to the Executive Vice President and General Counsel and working closely with the CEO, Board of Directors and Management Committee members. While at the NYSE in Washington, she served as the Budget Administrator, the Political Action Committee Administrator and the right arm to the Chief Lobbyist and head of the office. In that role, she worked daily with senior lobbyists and was the direct liaison for schedulers and staff on Capitol Hill and the Securities and Exchange Commission and handled all public affairs matters and administrative logistics. Most recently, Yvette served as Practice Administrator for the Chief Operating Officer and as Executive Assistant to the CEO and Founder of Promontory Financial Group in DC.
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