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Mark Spector
Mark Spector

Senior Vice President
New York City Economic Development Corporation

Mark Spector is a Senior Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). In this role, Mr. Spector is responsible for repositioning, redeveloping, and leasing 4M square feet of City-owned commercial space, including New York City's historical public retail markets. While at NYCEDC, he previously served as President of the Hudson Yards Development Corporation and led the implementation of Hudson Yards, a new 26M square foot mixed-use district on the west side of Manhattan.

In collaboration with the Metropolitan Transit Authority, Mr. Spector and his team led the completion of the $2.4B No. 7 line subway extension to Hudson Yards. He has also negotiated land sale and ground lease transactions leading to real estate development projects in Downtown Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan, and the South Bronx.

Mr. Spector earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Master of Public Policy degree from the Humphrey School at the(Show Full Bio) University of Minnesota, and Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Episode: 12/7/2017 @8:00 AM

Monica Jain
Monica Jain

Founder and Director
Fish 2.0 and Manta Consulting Inc.

Monica Jain, founder and executive director of Fish 2.0 and Manta Consulting inc., is dedicated to growing networks that bring together her top passions: oceans, sheries, nance, and impact investment. She launched Fish 2.0 in 2013 to create a network of quality entrepreneurs and investors who could grow the sustainable seafood sector. Since then, she has worked with over 400 entrepreneurs, 300 investors, and 40 sponsors to grow Fish 2.0.

Monica was named a White House Champion of Change for Sustainable Seafood in October 2016 for her achievements with Fish 2.0 and her longstanding work advancing ocean conservation and sustainable seafood. Her career spans 30 years and 4 continents, encompassing marine biology, philanthropy, venture capital, banking, and international development in such far- ung locales as New Zealand, Madagascar, Latin America, and Spain, as well as the United States.

Alongside Fish 2.0, she continues her work as a strategic advisor and consultant to fou(Show Full Bio)ndations, investors, and corporations, helping them launch initiatives and build partnerships. She has supported the development of corporate sustainability strategies, spawned philanthropic initiatives, and helped dozens of companies nd aligned investment. Monica holds degrees from Stanford University and the Wharton School of Business.

Episodes: 12/7/2017 @8:00 AM, 7/16/2015 @9:30 AM

Nadya Shmavonian
Nadya Shmavonian

Greater Philadelphia Nonprofit Repositioning Fund

Nadya K. Shmavonian is Director of the Nonprofit Repositioning Fund, a pooled fund of philanthropic partners that encourages and supports mergers and other types of formal, long-term strategic alliances and restructuring opportunities among nonprofit organizations in the Greater Philadelphia region. She will be joining SeaChange Capital Partners as a partner in 2018. SeaChange is a New York-based nonprofit merchant bank whose mission is to enable transactions that increase the impact of nonprofits while offering leveraged opportunities for funders. In addition to her continued management of the Repositioning Fund, Ms. Shmavonian will contribute to SeaChange’s national field-building and advisory services.

Nadya served as president of Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) from January 2010 – July 2012, where she presided over the closure of the organization. Nadya has extensive foundation management experience, having served as vice president for strategy at the Rockefeller Foundation, (Show Full Bio)and executive vice president at The Pew Charitable Trusts, where she also worked as director of administration and as a program officer in health and human services.

Before joining the foundation community, she worked in the health sector, as well as overseas in humanitarian relief, both of which she has continued to address during the almost three decades she has spent in and around philanthropy.

Nadya serves on the boards of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and Philadelphia Youth Basketball, and recently retired from the board of the Center for Effective Philanthropy (she now serves on the CEP Advisory Board) and stepped down from the Lenfest Foundation board. She also serves on the Prize Committee for the Lipman Family Prize at the McNulty Leadership Program at Wharton. She helped found and served on the board of The Alliance for A Green Revolution in Africa (a partnership of the Rockefeller and Bill and Melinda Gates foundations), as well as the Partners for Seed in Africa Fund, an initiative for South Sudan
supported by Howard Buffet. She has served on the Advisory Boards of the National Philanthropic Trust and the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She was one of the first two non-family members of the Surdna Foundation Board, where she served for six years.

Nadya holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago, and an M.B.A. with a concentration in health care management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She was awarded the Kathleen McDonald Distinguished Alumna Award from Wharton Women in Business in 2011.

Episode: 12/7/2017 @8:30 AM

Soneyet Muhammad
Soneyet Muhammad

Director of Community Engagement

Soneyet Muhammad serves as Director of Community Engagement at Clarifi, where she leads agency programs and strategic partnerships to address consumers’ holistic financial lives. In her role, she uses behaviorally-informed service delivery practices and adapts operations to reach consumers through new partnership channels. Since joining Clarifi in 2013, Ms. Muhammad has grown the agency’s financial coaching programs by 60%, originated a financial literacy online library with original, scripted content and over 100 curated videos, spearheaded a new agency initiative to reach local communities of color by addressing the Racial Wealth Gap, designed custom financial coaching protocols for universities and government agencies, provided technical assistance to empower social service staff to address client financial wellness, and created a new retirement coaching platform for individual clients to address the intersection between short- and long-term financial resiliency. Ms. Muhammad’s prof(Show Full Bio)essional background includes research at CoStar Group, government consulting at Jones Lang LaSalle, and private equity investment at Clarion Partners in commercial real estate developments throughout the country. In these roles, she led a $250 million securitized debt competition among leading investment banks, returned millions of dollars of equity investments to pension funds, and steered diverse groups of stakeholders toward consensus to the benefit of American military families. She serves on the City of Philadelphia’s Retirement Security Task Force, Stop Payday Lending Coalition, and the Financial Wellness Subcommittee on the Urban Affairs Coalition. She is a member of the Debt Advisory Group for the Aspen Institute's Expanding Prosperity Impact Collaborative (EPIC). Ms. Muhammad is pursuing a graduate degree from Pennsylvania State University.

Twitter - @WeClarifi

Episode: 12/7/2017 @9:00 AM

Nick Bayer
Nick Bayer

CEO and Founder
Saxbys Coffee

Nick Bayer has always been in the business of bringing people together, whether it’s as one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs or as a consummate team captain since Little League. So when he created Saxbys Coffee in 2005, he never really considered it to be a coffee company — instead, it’s a hospitality company fueled by great coffee. Saxbys has since grown from one corner café to a 30-unit, Philadelphia-based hospitality business with a mission: Make Life Better.

Driven by deep-seated core values and O.D.D. (outgoing, detail-oriented, and disciplined) team members, Saxbys is headquartered in Center City Philadelphia with cafés in nine states and on a number of college campuses — and growing fast (30% a year fast). In April 2015, Saxbys opened its first experiential learning café. The product of a partnership between Saxbys and Drexel University’s Close School of Entrepreneurship, it’s the nation’s first entirely student-run café where students earn full acade(Show Full Bio)mic credit through a university cooperative education (co-op) program.

Nick is currently the Entrepreneur in Residence at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and an adjunct professor at Drexel University, where he teaches a course in entrepreneurial franchising. As a frequent guest lecturer at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University’s Fox School of Business, American University’s Kogod School of Business and Penn State’s Smeal College of Business, Nick loves supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs and encouraging everyone he meets to believe in the Saxbys mission and core values. He serves on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region and the board of Drexel University Steinbright Career Development Center. He’s also a Corporate Council Member for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Episode: 11/30/2017 @8:00 AM

Maria Sourbeer
Maria Sourbeer

Vice President of Development
Shift Capital

Maria has made a career out of bridging between her capabilities as an architect and developer and her responsibilities as a community member. She believes that a beautiful and well-designed project has a positive influence on a basic level. She's carried this idea from her first job with Maya Lin, working half time as an architecture and the other half on sculpture, through to her current position as Vice President of Development for social impact developer, Shift Capital.

At Shift, we give special attention to the priorities of the neighborhood and work closely with local neighborhood groups when making development decisions. Maria was brought on to lead the vision and strategy process for each acquisition and then execute the development plan including piecing together the capital stack, building the right team and bringing projects through to success. In addition, she evaluates future acquisitions and team strategy. Shift currently develops single family homes, mixed-use co(Show Full Bio)mmercial/residential projects and large industrial sites.

Maria has 18 years of professional experience and continues to grow through her love of family, work and play. Outside of Shift Capital she dedicates volunteer efforts to the Community Design Collaborative, Norris Square Community Alliance, the Impact Loan Fund and the South Philly Food Co-op.

Twitter - @shift_capital | @nkcdc | @impact_services | @impact_KandA
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Episode: 11/30/2017 @9:00 AM

Ted Qualli
Ted Qualli

Executive Director
Police Athletic League of Philadelphia

Ted has served as Executive Director of the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia (PAL) since November 2013. In this capacity, Ted works closely with the PAL Police Unit’s Commanding Officer to ensure execution of the overall organizational vision, strategic direction, operations and fiscal policies in fulfillment of PAL’s mission. Ted is responsible for planning, oversight and direction of PAL’s overall fundraising, volunteer management, programs, finance, and technology efforts.

Since joining PAL, Ted has helped develop a bold new strategic plan that calls for increasing the number of children served by 25% (from 15,000 to 20,000 annually), opening five new PAL Centers, and doubling the agency’s budget (from $2.1M to $4.4M), while increasing the quality and effectiveness of PAL’s programmatic offerings. During Ted’s tenure, PAL has secured the three largest gifts in organizational history, implemented an organizational-wide metrics and outcomes program, modernized PAL’s head(Show Full Bio)quarters, and opened two new PAL Centers.

Prior to joining PAL, Ted spent seven years working for Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania (BBBS SEPA), most recently as Vice President, External Affairs where he led the organization’s government and foundation relations efforts as well as marketing and communications. Ted also served during this time as President of the Big Brothers Big Sisters State Association of Pennsylvania, coordinating public policy and fundraising efforts on behalf of Pennsylvania’s 26 BBBS agencies and launching the Commonwealth’s first ever statewide Mentoring Children of Prisoners program.

Prior to joining the non-profit sector, Ted spent five years working in various communications capacities for the City of Philadelphia during the Mayoral Administration of John F. Street, serving as both Deputy Director of Communications in the Office of the Mayor, and Director of Communications for the City’s Department of Human Services. In these capacities, Ted performed instrumental roles in high-profile events like Live 8 and the Royal Visit of the Prince of Wales, as well as grassroots efforts, including dozens of community meetings and various efforts to stem the tide of violence in Philadelphia’s most challenged neighborhoods.

Ted holds an M.A. in Professional Communications from LaSalle University and a B.A. in English from Holy Family University. Ted and his wife Maria, a Family Nurse Practitioner, have two children.

About the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia: The mission of the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia (PAL) is "Cops Helping Kids." We aspire to be the premier youth-serving organization in the city, by reducing crime, promoting character development, and improving educational outcomes.

We accomplish this by having Philadelphia Police Officers, supported by civilians, offer educational, athletic, and recreational programs to youth in centers in some of the city's highest crime and lowest income neighborhoods. PAL Centers are safe havens, offering a variety of free programs and other events to attract engage and develop more than 20,000 of Philadelphia's youth."

Twitter - @phillypal

Episode: 11/30/2017 @8:30 AM

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Episode: 11/23/2017 @8:00 AM

Darrin Williams
Darrin Williams

Southern Bancorp, Inc.

Darrin Williams’ career is a unique combination of law, business, and politics. Currently serving as the CEO of Southern Bancorp, Inc., Williams oversees the strategic direction and operations of each of Southern’s three Community Development Financial Institutions: Southern Bancorp, Inc., a bank holding company; Southern Bancorp Bank, one of America’s largest rural development banks; and Southern Bancorp Community Partners, a 501(c)(3) development finance and lending organization – collectively known as “Southern.”

Southern was founded nearly thirty years ago when some of the nation’s most notable political, business and philanthropic leaders, including Bill Clinton, Rob Walton, Muhammad Yunus and the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation to name a few, came together around a central idea – that the economic challenges facing many underserved communities could in part be addressed through the creation of a values-based financial organization focused on providing these services to tho(Show Full Bio)se who most need them. With an initial investment of approximately $10 million and a mission to create economic opportunity, Southern has grown to become one of the most effective and largest community development organizations in the United States, as well as a model for an entire industry of mission-focused financial institutions known as Community Development Financial Institutions. Southern Bancorp today is a $1.2 billion asset organization with over 80,000 customers and 43 branches located primarily in un derserved markets in the Mid-South.

Prior to leading Southern, Williams served as managing partner at the law firm of Carney, Williams, Bates, Pulliam & Bowman, PLLC, where he focused on representing institutional investors and consumers in class action litigation against some of the nation’s largest publicly traded companies. Williams also served three terms of elected office in the Arkansas House of Representatives (2008-2013), serving as Speaker Pro Tempore of the 89th Arkansas General Assembly. As a lawmaker, he was recognized nationally for his legislative accomplishments, including being named a Champion of Small Business by the National Capital Coalition, an Aspen-Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership by the Aspen Institute, and listed as one of 12 state legislators from around the country to watch by Governing Magazine.

Williams received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hendrix College, his Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University School of Law, and his Master of Laws degree in Securities and Financial Reg ulation from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.

Twitter - @southernbancorp

Episodes: 11/16/2017 @8:00 AM, 8/17/2017 @8:00 AM

Jake Porway
Jake Porway

Founder, Executive Director

Jake Porway is a machine learning and technology enthusiast who loves nothing more than seeing good values in data. He is the founder and executive director of DataKind, a nonprofit that harnesses the power of data science in the service of humanity. An active member of the data science community and recognized leader in the Data for Good movement, Jake brings his technical experience from his past work with groups like NASA, DARPA, Google, and Bell Labs to bear on the social sector. Prior to founding DataKind, he was a data scientist at the New York Times R&D lab. His work has appeared in various publications including the Guardian, the Harvard Business Review, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, academic journals and conferences (PAMI, ICCV), and he has been honored as a TEDx speaker, a 2011 PopTech Social Innovation Fellow, and a 2012 National Geographic Emerging Explorer. Jake holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Statistics from UCLA(Show Full Bio).

Twitter - @jakeporway | @datakind

Episodes: 11/16/2017 @9:00 AM, 8/17/2017 @9:00 AM

Natasha Freidus
Natasha Freidus


Natasha Freidus is a social entrepreneur with fifteen years of experience applying human centered design for social good. She is currently spearheading an initiative to innovate the humanitarian aid sector as the founder at NeedsList, a social venture connecting refugee aid communities with people, businesses, and civil society organizations that want to help.

Prior to NeedsList, Natasha was the founder and co-director of Creative Narrations, a training and consulting firm applying storytelling as a tool for social change. Natasha earned her Masters degree in Urban Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Twitter - @needslist4good

Episodes: 11/16/2017 @9:30 AM, 8/17/2017 @9:30 AM

Mary Cleaver
Mary Cleaver

The Cleaver Co.

Mary Cleaver, one of the country’s foremost authorities on sustainable food and local sourcing, is the founder and owner of The Cleaver Co., The Green Table (@GreenTableNYC), Table Green & Table Green Café (@TableGreenNYC) in New York City and Green Table Farm in Hartford, NY. Mary founded The Cleaver Co., a full- service event planning and catering operation in 1986. The Green Table - opened in 2003 - is a farm-to-table restaurant in the Chelsea Market, committed to seasonal cuisine. In spring, summer and fall Cleaver Co. operates kiosks at The Battery bringing a local focus to concession-style food and drink.

In November 2011, Mary was named the first-ever “Snailblazer” by Slow Food NYC to honor her contributions creating a better, healthier food system for all. Her current board affiliations include Hawthorne Valley Farm, Slow Food NYC Advisory Council, the Glynwood Advisory Council, Chef’s Council for Emma’s Torch, GreenWave Advisory Council, and the High Line Corridor Pneum(Show Full Bio)atic Waste-Management Initiative. She was a founder of the Farm to Chef network. Mary lives in Brooklyn, NY and gets to the farm whenever possible.

Twitter - @TheCleaverCo | @GreenTableNYC | @TableGreenNYC

Episodes: 11/16/2017 @8:30 AM, 8/17/2017 @8:30 AM

Heath Shackleford
Heath Shackleford


Heath is a social entrepreneur with nearly 20 years of marketing and management experience. He is the founder of Good.Must.Grow., a socially responsible marketing consultancy and Certified B Corp, as well as the author of the Conscious Consumer Spending Index. Heath has served as a thought leader for leading media publications such as Fast Company, Forbes, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur and Inc. Magazine. He is active in the nonprofit space with a specific focus on charities that address addiction/recovery, human trafficking, and homelessness.

Twitter - @goodmustgrow

Episodes: 11/9/2017 @8:30 AM, 1/8/2015 @8:00 AM

Matt Stephenson
Matt Stephenson

Executive Director & Co-Founder

Matt Stephenson started his career in K-12 education as a high school math teacher, and later a Leadership Fellow, at Achievement First Amistad High School in New Haven, CT. Next, he joined NewSchools Venture Fund as an Associate Partner and venture investor in high-performing education organizations. He later joined KIPP Austin Public Schools, a public school district serving nearly 5,000 students across ten schools and three campuses, to manage a district budget of over $50mm serving as Director of Finance.

Prior to his career in K-12 education, Matt was a Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs covering the Credit Derivative and Mortgage-Backed Securities product lines. He also managed the Sales & Trading internship program for the education nonprofit Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), where he was able to support 93% of his cohort in receiving full-time job offers from their host firms.

Matt holds a M.B.A. in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School an(Show Full Bio)d a BS in Finance and Information Systems from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

He currently resides in the Austin, TX area with his wife and two children.

Twitter - @Code2college | @MC_Stephenson

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Episode: 11/9/2017 @8:00 AM

Noelle St. Clair
Noelle St. Clair

Community Development Advisor and Outreach Manager
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Noelle St.Clair joined the Community Development Studies & Education (CDS&E) Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia in 2014. In her role as community engagement associate, she organizes outreach meetings and represents the Reserve Bank with Third District stakeholders to promote community development in low- and moderate-income communities. Prior to joining the Bank, she worked at UpLift Solutions, a nonprofit that partners with a variety of stakeholders to bring healthy food, affordable financial services, convenient health care, and other needed services to underserved communities. She was formerly a licensed securities agent at Calvert Foundation, an impact investing pioneer whose Community Investment Note channels capital from investors to organizations and social enterprises conducting community development globally.

St.Clair is currently an M.B.A. candidate at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. She has a B.A. in economics and philosophy from the(Show Full Bio) Schreyer Honors College at the Pennsylvania State University.

Episode: 11/9/2017 @9:00 AM

Jem Hudson
Jem Hudson

Vice President, Director of Engagement
Breckinridge Capital Advisors

Jem Hudson, vice president, is director of engagement at Breckinridge Capital Advisors, a Boston-based investment management firm with over $30 billion in fixed income assets under management. In her role, Jem is primarily responsible for helping strengthen Breckinridge’s ESG and sustainability-related dialogue with a range of key stakeholders including issuers, clients, industry peers, and thought leaders. To this end, Jem leads Breckinridge’s issuer engagement efforts, develops thought leadership including Breckinridge’s ESG Newsletter, and collaborates with various departments across the firm in order to bolster Breckinridge’s sustainability-related efforts. She joined the firm in January 2016 and has over 11 years of financial services and sustainability experience. Prior to Breckinridge, Jem was the CEO of Caldy Group, a boutique strategy consulting firm she founded to advise financial institutions seeking to expand their presence in sustainable investing. Before Caldy Group, Jem (Show Full Bio)was a researcher with Professor Michael E. Porter at Harvard Business School, where she made contributions in the areas of competitive strategy, competitiveness of nations and creating shared value. Jem started her career as an analyst in Deutsche Bank's investment banking division. She holds an AB from Harvard College and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. At Wharton, Jem was one of the founding members and later president of the Wharton Social Venture Fund (now Wharton Impact Investing Partners).

Twitter - @BreckCap

Episode: 11/2/2017 @9:00 AM

John Moore
John Moore

Executive Chairman

John is currently the Executive Chair of ImpactPHL, an alliance to promote and grow the impact investing ecosystem in the greater Philadelphia region. He has been a successful angel investor since 2005 with both Robin Hood Ventures, where he is a managing partner, and with Investors’ Circle Philadelphia. He serves on the Board of Directors for Investors’ Circle, the world’s largest and most active impact investor angel group, Good Company Ventures, an accelerator for social impact companies, and several startup companies including Wash Cycle Laundry and Milkcrate. When he is not investing for impact, he is looking for excuses to go skiing or mountain biking.

Previously, he did business acquisition and development, product pricing, and the implementation of company-wide strategic initiatives for Seton Company, the world’s largest supplier of automotive leather. John spent most of the 90’s developing and launching new cardiovascular catheter products for B. Braun Medical, Inc. (Show Full Bio) John has long forgotten his Mechanical Engineering knowledge from the University of Delaware but remembers a little from his M.B.A. from Drexel University.

Twitter - @ImpactPHL

Episode: 11/2/2017 @8:00 AM

Khai Lee Ng
Khai Lee Ng

Managing Partner
500 Startups

Khailee Ng is a managing partner of 500 Startups, a Silicon Valley based venture capital firm. Beyond investing in Silicon Valley, 500 has set up more than a dozen funds in emerging markets, providing seed capital and growth programs to countries in the Middle East, Latin America and Southeast Asia. Since 2010, the firm has invested in over 1,800 startups in 60 countries, in line with its goal of developing an inclusive and globally connected innovation economy.With the firm, Khailee has led 180+ investments in Southeast Asian tech startups, including Grab, Carousell, and other regional champions. Prior to this, he was the founder of Groupsmore (acquired by Groupon) and Malaysia's largest online media company, (acquired by Media Prima). As every industry continues to be disrupted by new technology and evolving consumer landscapes, Khailee and 500 Startups specialize in discovering patterns of economic opportunity and investing in the entrepreneurs who will realize them. His in(Show Full Bio)vestment activity and industry opinions are featured by Bloomberg, TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal, and Fortune, and the 500 Startups portfolio of companies have collectively raised over $10Billion USD.

Episode: 11/2/2017 @8:30 AM

Mary Ann Bates
Mary Ann Bates

Executive Director, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) North America

Mary Ann Bates is Executive Director of J-PAL North America at MIT. She worked closely with Amy Finkelstein and Lawrence Katz on the launch of the newest regional office of J-PAL. In her six years at J-PAL, her work has cut across multiple sectors, including health, energy, and education, and has focused on US domestic policy as well as international development.

She is a co-chair of J-PAL North America’s State and Local Innovation Initiative, which provides resources to US state and local governments interested in testing important policy questions with randomized evaluations. She was also instrumental in designing and launching the US Health Care Delivery Initiative, which supports building the evidence base on interventions that can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health care delivery. She is currently a co-investigator of a large-scale randomized evaluation of the Nurse-Family Partnership as a part of a pay-for-success initiative by the South Carolina Department (Show Full Bio)of Health and Human Services.

She holds a Master of Public Policy from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, where she received the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fellowship, and has conducted research as a Fulbright Scholar in Switzerland.

Twitter - @JPAL_NA

Episode: 10/26/2017 @9:00 AM

Sarah Gelfand
Sarah Gelfand

Director of Donor Programs
Fidelity Charitable

Sarah Gelfand, Director of Donor Programs at Fidelity Charitable, is focused on the critical intersection between impact investing and philanthropy. Sarah works directly with donors and advisors to incorporate impact investing into their philanthropic investment and granting plans.

Sarah has a background in non-profit management and impact investing, most recently helping to lead an accelerator program for global health entrepreneurs based at Duke University. She was a founding director of the Global Impact Investing Network, a non-profit organization focused on scaling the impact investing industry. She also previously worked in product development, business development, and strategic planning with several technology companies. She has conducted public health research in malaria, HIV/AIDS, and cancer, among other areas. Sarah holds a BA in Applied Mathematics from Brown University and an MSc in Statistics from the University of Washington.

Twitter - @FidelityChrtbl

Episode: 10/26/2017 @8:30 AM

Scott Sacknoff
Scott Sacknoff

Chief Executive Officer

As the founder of SerenityShares, Scott Sacknoff is 12-year ETF veteran who brings a diverse background of experiences in the fields of business consulting, index design and development, and marketing. A serial entrepreneur, he founded SSI Indexes, worked in venture capital, and consulted for a number of major institutions including Northern Trust, Powershares, Pricewaterhouse, AT Kearney, and ITT.

Twitter - @ImpactRIA
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Episode: 10/26/2017 @8:00 AM

Sally Boulter
Sally Boulter

Senior Engagement Officer

Sally’s responsibilities include enhancing client experience and raising philanthropic capital for strategic initiatives. Prior to joining ImpactAssets, Sally was responsible for individual constituent relationship building and capital raising at the Wilson Center, Calvert Foundation, and the Bonner Group. Sally also served as the Development Director for the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, the YWCA of Greenwich and The Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, CT.

Sally holds a BA from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. Baltimore, MD with her husband, Rob and their sons, Michael and James. Sally spends her spare time on her bicycle or training for the next triathlon.

Twitter - @IAimpactassets

Episode: 10/19/2017 @8:00 AM

Reynir Indahl
Reynir Indahl

Managing Partner
Summa Equity

Reynir is the Managing Partner of Summa Equity. Previously, he was Partner of Altor Equity Partners where he joined at inception in 2003. Prior to this, he was CEO of Ignis Photonyx, Investment Director with Kistefos Venture Capital, and Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company. Reynir holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Episode: 10/19/2017 @8:30 AM

Shannon Coulter
Shannon Coulter

Grab Your Wallet

Shannon Coulter is the co-founder of Grab Your Wallet, which began in the wake of the Access Hollywood tape as a consumer boycott of companies that have financial ties to the Trump family. The #GrabYourWallet hashtag has been seen over one billion times on social media and has contributed to 39 companies cutting ties with the Trump family including Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Kawasaki, The Honest Company, and Carnival Cruises.

Grab Your Wallet has since evolved into a broader movement for the flexing of consumer power in favor of a more respectful, inclusive society and most recently has been credited alongside organizations like Color of Change and Ultraviolet with helping to hasten Bill O’Reilly’s departure from Fox News as well as the dissolution of the White House's economic and manufacturing councils in the wake of Charlottesville. Shannon has lived in the Bay Area for 24 years and is the founder of a boutique social media agency DoubleKnown Communications. Prior to that, sh(Show Full Bio)e served as the SVP of digital at a global PR firm.

Twitter - @shannoncoulter

Episode: 10/19/2017 @9:00 AM

Liesbet Peeters
Liesbet Peeters

Managing Partner
D. Capital Partners

Liesbet Peeters, Founder and Managing Partner of Dalberg Capital, is a known expert in the impact investment space, with strong investor relationships, deep understanding of financial solutions to development challenges, and extensive experience investing in Sub Saharan Africa and Latin America. Liesbet provides transactional and investment advisory services to foundations, private individuals and international organizations on strategic growth and investment management.

Over the last 5 years, Liesbet has built up extensive experience assisting private foundations, family offices and institutional public-private partnerships in building up impact investment portfolios and fund structures in emerging markets. She has successfully led multiple direct investment transactions in Latin America and Africa. Additionally, she is recognized as an emerging leader in financial product structuring for international development, having led the creation of products such as HUGinsure, a social(Show Full Bio) insurance platform, and the Mozambique Malaria Performance Bond.

Prior to joining Dalberg and co-founding Dalberg Capital, she founded an investment advisory firm, Lapiluz Advisory Services, based in Belgium and London. She was previously the CFO/Investor Relations Manager with Capricorn Venture Partners in Belgium focused on European technology investments, an Investment Officer with the Grassroots Business Initiative at the International Finance Corporation (IFC); and Associate with Greenpark Capital, a London-based fund-of-funds. Her prior experience also includes positions with SG Cowen Securities in London, EASDAQ (EU technology stock market), and Incofin CVSO - a leading microfinance fund manager.

At Capricorn Venture Partners, Liesbet led the final fundraising for Capricorn’s Cleantech venture capital fund. She increased the fund size from €47 million to €112 million bringing in key investors such as the European Investment Fund, Solvay - a Dutch pension fund - and the Finnish Investment fund Sitra. She also managed intermediate and final closing proceedings including re-negotiations on shareholders and fund management agreements and legal documentation of the fund.

Liesbet holds a MBA from MIT Sloan and a Master’s degree in Commercial Engineering from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. She speaks English, French, Dutch, and is conversant in Spanish.

Episode: 10/12/2017 @9:30 AM