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: November 8, 2018

Hosts Sandi Hunt, Nick Ashburn, Katherine Klein, and Sherryl Kuhlman are joined by Myles Shaver (Professor, University of Minnesota), Lynette Guastaferro (Chief Executive Officer, Teaching Matters), Sonny Kalsi (Co-Founder, GreenOak Real Estate), and Meg Voorhes (Director of Research, US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment) on the Thursday, November 8, 2018 edition of Dollars and Change.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018

Dollars and Change: November 1, 2018

Hosts Sandi Hunt, Nick Ashburn, Katherine Klein, and Sherryl Kuhlman are joined by Sarah Jonese Simmer (Chief Operating Officer, Bumble) and Julia Pimsleur (Founder & Chief Empowerista, Million Dollar Women) on the Thursday, November 1, 2018 edition of Dollars and Change.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018

Dollars and Change: October 25, 2018

Hosts Sandi Hunt, Nick Ashburn, Katherine Klein, and Sherryl Kuhlman are joined by Theresa Duncan (Director of Philanthropic Engagement, Burning Man), Ruchika Singhal (Vice President, Global Health Medtronic Labs, Medtronic), Daniel McCarthy (Assistant Professor of Marketing; Co-founder, Theta Equity Partners, Emory University’s Goizueta Business School), Yana Kakar (Global Managing Partner, Dalberg), Hadiyah Mujhid (Founder and CEO, HBCUvc), William Towns (Executive Director, Benefit Chicago), and Tom Mitchell (Managing Director, Cambridge Associates, LLC) on the Thursday, October 25, 2018 edition of Dollars and Change.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018

Dollars and Change: October 18, 2018

Hosts Sandi Hunt, Nick Ashburn, Katherine Klein, and Sherryl Kuhlman are joined by Steve Grossman (CEO, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City) and Sarah Light (Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton) on the Thursday, October 18, 2018 edition of Dollars and Change.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018

Dollars and Change: October 11, 2018

Hosts Sandi Hunt, Nick Ashburn, Katherine Klein, and Sherryl Kuhlman are joined by Timaree Schmit (Sexuality Educator; Writer; Adjunct Professor, Sex with Timaree), Dan Graham (Founder, Notley), Jeffrey Pfeffer (Professor of Organization Behavior; Author of “The Way We Work is Killing Us:, Stanford University), and Surya Kolluri (Managing Director, Policy & Market Planning, Retirement & Personal Wealth Solutions Group, Bank of America Merrill Lynch) on the Thursday, October 11, 2018 edition of Dollars and Change.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018

Dollars and Change: October 4, 2018

Hosts Sandi Hunt and Nick Ashburn are joined by Dune Thorne (Head of client experience, Brown Advisory), Cheryl Heller (Chair, Design for Social Innovation, School of Visual Arts), and Crystal Rugege (Director of Strategy, Carnegie Mellon University Africa) on the Thursday, October 4, 2018 edition of Dollars and Change.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018

Dollars and Change: September 13, 2018

Hosts Sandi Hunt, Nick Ashburn, Katherine Klein, and Sherryl Kuhlman are joined by Kimble Snyder (Director, Panorama) and Michael Van Burnt (Senior Director of Sustainability, Covanta) on the Thursday, September 13, 2018 edition of Dollars and Change.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018

Dollars and Change: September 6, 2018

Hosts Sandi Hunt and Nick Ashburn are joined by Zafar Brooks (Director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity & Inclusion, Hyundai Motor America), Brandon Krieg (CEO & Co-Founder, STASH), and Ami Dalal (Managing Director, FINCA Ventures) on the Thursday, September 6, 2018 edition of Dollars and Change.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018

Dollars and Change: August 30, 2018

Hosts Nick Ashburn and Katherine Klein are joined by Jessica Adelman (Group VP of Corporate Affairs, The Kroger Co.), Eugenia South (Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Pennsylvania), and Minyuan Zhao (Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School) on the Thursday, August 30, 2018 edition of Dollars and Change.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, August 30, 2018

Dollars and Change: August 23, 2018

Hosts Sandi Hunt and Nick Ashburn are joined by Natalia Oberti Noguera (CEO and Founder, Pipeline Angles), Deanna Bratter (Senior Director Public Benefit and Sustainable Development, Danone North America), and Rehana Nathoo (Founder and CEO, Spectrum Impact) on the Thursday, August 23, 2018 edition of Dollars and Change.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, August 23, 2018

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