Nick Ashburn

Sr Director, Impact Investing, Wharton Social Impact Initiative

Nick Ashburn is the Senior Director for Impact Investing at the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, where previously he was also the Director of Special Projects for Impact Investing. He has been a Lecturer in the School of Social Policy and Practice at Penn and has taught Social Entrepreneurship at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin.

Nick has worked on projects with major foundations, government agencies, large financial institutions, and corporations on diverse projects ranging from innovative finance for social impact, design thinking for poverty alleviation, and education in developing countries. He holds a master’s degree in international educational development from the University of Pennsylvania and is also fluent in German.

Nick is a co-author of “Great Expectations: Financial Performance & Mission Preservation in Impact Investing” and also co-hosts “Dollars & Change” on SiriusXM Channel 111 – Business Radio powered by the Wharton School – a show dedicated to the intersection of business and finance for social impact.

Twitter – @nashburn

Blog – https://socialimpact.wharton.upenn.edu/tag/nick-ashburn/

Past Appearances

Dollars and Change: April 11, 2019

Hosts Sandi Hunt, Nick Ashburn, Katherine Klein, and Sherryl Kuhlman are joined by Brian Linton (Founder & CEO, United By Blue) and Sam Polk (Co-Founder, CEO, Everytable) on the Thursday, April 11, 2019 edition of Dollars and Change.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019

Dollars and Change: April 4, 2019

Hosts Sandi Hunt, Nick Ashburn, Katherine Klein, and Sherryl Kuhlman are joined by Yennie Solheim Fuller (Civic and Social Impact Manager, Niantic) on the Thursday, April 4, 2019 edition of Dollars and Change.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019

Dollars and Change: March 28, 2019

Hosts Nick Ashburn and Sherryl Kuhlman are joined by Tom Szaky (CEO & Founder, Terracycle), Jennifer Holmgren (CEO, LanzaTech), and Mark Kramer (Managing Director, FSG) on the Thursday, March 28, 2019 edition of Dollars and Change.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019

Dollars and Change: March 21, 2019

Hosts Sandi Hunt, Nick Ashburn, Katherine Klein, and Sherryl Kuhlman are joined by Tayyib Smith (Principal, SmithnRoller & Little Giant Creative), Emily Barman (Professor of Sociology, Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Boston University), and Miriam Altman (Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer, Kinvolved) on the Thursday, March 21, 2019 edition of Dollars and Change.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019

Dollars and Change: March 14, 2019

Hosts Nick Ashburn and Sherryl Kuhlman are joined by Chris Addy (Partner, Head of the Boston Office, The Bridgespan Group), Dana Lanza (CEO, Confluence Philanthropy), Jeremy Grantham (Chief Investment Strategist, Chairman of the Board, GMO), and Tyler Wry (Assistant Professor of Management, Wharton) on the Thursday, March 14, 2019 edition of Dollars and Change.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019

Dollars and Change: March 7, 2019

Hosts Nick Ashburn and Sherryl Kuhlman are joined by Paul Rabinovitch (Principal of Real Estate, New Island Capital), Rebecca Masisak (CEO, TechSoup), and Jacob Adams (Founder & CEO, Stem to the Future) on the Thursday, March 7, 2019 edition of Dollars and Change.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019

Dollars and Change: February 28, 2019

Hosts Sandi Hunt and Nick Ashburn are joined by Van Chappell (Co-Founder, Progressive Shopper), Mark Hanis (Co-Founder, Progressive Shopper), Brian Murray (CEO, Shift Capital), Tiffany Yau (Hult Prize Ivy National Director; Founder & CEO, Hult Prize Foundation; Fulphil), and Joey Hundert (Founder and CEO, Sustainival) on the Thursday, February 28, 2019 edition of Dollars and Change.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019

Dollars and Change: February 14, 2019

Hosts Nick Ashburn and Sherryl Kuhlman are joined by Nick Frontino (Managing Director of Projects & Operations, The Economy League) and Neville Crawley (CEO, Kiva) on the Thursday, February 14, 2019 edition of Dollars and Change.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019

Dollars and Change: February 7, 2019

Hosts Sandi Hunt and Nick Ashburn are joined by Shadrack Frimpong (Founder & CEO, Cocoa360), Stacey Chang (Founder & Chief Warrior, VEERAH), and Alexandre Mars (CEO & Founder, Epic) on the Thursday, February 7, 2019 edition of Dollars and Change.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019

Dollars and Change: January 24, 2019

Hosts Sandi Hunt and Nick Ashburn are joined by Christina Madden (Director of Engagement, Criterion Institute) and Sara Collins (Vice President, Health Care Coverage and Access, The Commonwealth Fund) on the Thursday, January 24, 2019 edition of Dollars and Change.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019

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