Our Approach

Sustainable, Socially Just Investment Practices

Horizons specializes in personalized service that takes into account your values, lifestyle, goals, and current financial situation. Our clients range from experienced investors to newcomers to the world of finance, those who seek to expand an existing portfolio, young people just starting out, people looking to manage a recent inheritance or plan for retirement—anyone seeking to support SRI principles as a way of aligning their finances with their values.

Unlike some large investment houses that include SRI as a smaller, less important offshoot of their overall business, Horizons maintains SRI as our exclusive focus, and pursues SRI values in our overall business practices as well as in our personal lifestyle choices.

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The concept of SRI originated in the 1980s, a time when sound investments were considered by most people to be diametrically opposed to the idea of social and environmental responsibility. When SRI investment funds first emerged, they were perceived, somewhat erroneously, as only marginally effective and something of a luxury in the world of cutthroat financial practices.

Sustainable, Responsible, Impact (SRI) investment strategies have a long history, stretching back at least to the Biblical and Quranic injunctions against financial exploitation. The modern American SRI investment industry took shape in the 1970s: with the anti-war movement early in the decade, the anti-nuclear movement after Three Mile Island, and the anti-apartheid movement, the power of investors to advocate for social justice and environmental sustainability became clear.

Our firm was founded in the fall of 1987, when Richard Barr formed an investment advisory practice with an SRI focus. To center his business on SRI strategies was an unusual idea for the time, and surviving the Crash of ’87 was no small feat. With the resources provided by his strategic partners at First Affirmative Financial Network and Cambridge Investment Research, Richard built a thriving business here in Santa Fe. In 1998, he hired Kim as an office assistant — and recognizing her gifts, particularly as she helped manage the business through the dot-com downturn of 2000-01, Richard quickly gave her more responsibility, ultimately transferring the business to her and retiring in 2007.

Kim rebranded the business as Horizons Sustainable Financial Services, helping clients through the “Great Recession” of 2008-09 and continuing to grow the business. In early 2013, Kim brought Johann into the leadership team, and together they took Horizons in a new direction. As a completely independent Registered Investment Advisory firm, Horizons is even better able to serve our clients, and other advisors, with financial planning and investment advice that remains focused on key issues in environmental sustainability and social justice — helping make the world a better place, one investment at a time.

Horizons is a proud member of US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment

Our Team

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Johann A. Klaassen, CFP®, AIF®

CEO and Chief Investment Officer

Johann A. Klaassen, PhD, is CEO and Chief Investment Officer for Horizons Sustainable Financial Services, where he develops asset allocation strategies and oversees investment policy for Horizons’ individual and institutional clients. As a passionate advocate for SRI, a skilled navigator of its intricacies, and an enthusiastic early adopter of just about every new communication tool and technology, Johann is informed, informative, and far more accessible than his many commitments might imply. He directly serves clients across the nation, tending to specialize in serving unusual and special circumstances or needs.

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Johann is a Certified Financial Planner™. He was among the first in the nation to embrace the now-standard certification of Accredited Investment Fiduciary™ and holds the 70th such accreditation ever issued. He holds a B.A. from St. John’s College, Annapolis/Santa Fe, and Masters and PhD degrees from the Philosophy Department of Washington University, St. Louis, where he specialized in Ethics and Social Philosophy. He served on the faculties of Washington University, Webster University, Millikin University, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, the University of Central Arkansas, and the University of Idaho. He has published and lectured on many topics, including areas of environmental ethics, business ethics, and social bias in finance.

He got his start in the securities industry in the fall of 2000 at T. Rowe Price. In mid-2001, Johann joined the team at First Affirmative Financial Network, rising to Vice President of Investments Services. He was primarily responsible for First Affirmative’s managed account programs, and supported First Affirmative’s nationwide network of investment advisors.

Johann spent his youth in Western Washington, Hawaii, and Japan. He enjoys baseball, chess, and outdoor activities across the Rocky Mountains. He continues to write and publish, for both academic and popular press outlets. He is a frequent guest lecturer in philosophy departments and business schools, and at business and social justice conferences.

Aarón G. Garza, JD

Vice President for Operations and Compliance

Aarón G. Garza, JD, is Vice President for Operations and Compliance for Horizons Sustainable Financial Services. He ensures that our processes run precisely, efficiently, and in compliance with the complicated rules and regulations that govern our industry.

Aarón joined Horizons from the world of higher education administration, where he was involved in making sure that the offices, departments, and activities of a large university remained in compliance with all state and federal laws and regulations related to non-discriminatory practices. That role aligned well with the deep personal and professional commitment to ethical and equitable practices, inclusivity, and fundamental fairness that he now brings to his role at Horizons.

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Aarón grew up in the Ysleta area of El Paso, Texas. He earned his B.A. from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, and his J.D. from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. While living in northern Utah he served on the boards of Ogden-Weber Community Action Partnership and the Ogden Branch of the NAACP. Aaron is also a former U.S. Army infantryman and a combat veteran of the Persian Gulf War. In his personal life, he enjoys outdoor adventures, cinema, and taking photos of flowers and natural landscapes.

Valeria Cera

Investor Service & Financial Planning Associate

Valeria Cera is an ambitious young professional starting her career with Horizons. A native of Santa Fe, NM, Valeria graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2024 with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a minor in Business Administration, focusing on Finance. Throughout her college career, Valeria dedicated herself to building expertise in finance, participating in internships and investment clubs. Her passion for financial planning and investments drove her academic pursuits and prepared her for a successful entry into the field.

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As an Investor Service & Financial Planning Associate, Valeria is eager to apply her knowledge and skills to benefit individuals seeking sound financial guidance. She looks forward to leveraging her education and practical experience to make a positive impact in the world of finance. Beyond her professional endeavors, Valeria finds fulfillment in outdoor activities, maintaining an active lifestyle through exercise, and exploring new destinations through travel.

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Kim Griego-Kiel, AIF®, MBA

Founding Partner Emerita

Kimberly Griego-Kiel, MBA, is committed to helping investors achieve financial success while simultaneously pursuing positive environmental, social, and economic change consistent with their values. She brings a socially engaged, people-oriented perspective to her work in the investment world.

At the end of 2022, Kim retired from active participation in the day-to-day operation of Horizons. She continues to serve Horizons and the broader SRI community by producing the “Deep Impact Investing” podcast. Kim and her wife Rose moved home to western Oregon with their dogs.

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Kim launched her career in finance in 1998, working in the Santa Fe office of First Affirmative Financial Network, where she was mentored by strong leaders in the SRI Field. In 2007, she founded Horizons Sustainable Financial Services. Now a leader in SRI herself, Kim mentors co-workers and employees who are equally committed to the values and goals of SRI.

Originally from Oregon, Kim holds a B.A. from the College of Santa Fe and an MBA in Sustainable Business from Marylhurst University in Portland. She says her graduate studies broadened her understanding of how sustainability can encompass business and government policy. “This knowledge will help me enhance the opportunities for Horizons and our clients to participate in shareholder advocacy,” she says. “So we can help clients with shares in oil companies, for example, to advocate for institutional policy changes on fracking and other environmental issues. Together, we can make a difference in the process.”

In her personal life, Kim embodies the same values that driver her professional passions. She currently serves on the board of The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF). She has previously served on the boards of PFLAG, Earth Works Institute and the governing council of Tierra Encantada Charter School; in 2017 she was appointed by the Mayor of Santa Fe to the Sustainability Commission.

Our SRI Focused Advisors

Patricia Hathaway, CFP® & AIF®

Hathaway Financial Services

patricia@hathawayfinancialservices.com

541-912-1069
www.HathawayFinancialServices.com
PO Box 165, Vida, OR 97488

F. Paul Perret, AIF®

Perret Financial

paul@horizonssfs.com

205-795-2043 Direct
800-654-0617 Toll Free
205-823-7758 Fax
300 Vestavia Parkway, Suite 2300
Birmingham, AL 35216

Alan Gammel, MBA, CFP®, AIF®

alan@horizonssfs.com

253-376-3983 Mobile
866-366-2526 Toll Free/Fax
1002 9th Ave SE, Apt. F102
Puyallup, WA 98372