Ben Gaddy, Director of Technology Development, Clean Energy Trust
As Director of Technology Development, Ben helps CET portfolio companies bring their technology to market. He also work with established corporations to source new clean energy technology from startups, universities, and national labs.
After finishing his PhD in Materials Science, Ben was awarded the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship in the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative, the Department of Energy’s manufacturing think tank. There, he researched the challenges faced by cleantech startups in scaling new innovations to manufacturing. Before beginning his PhD, Ben worked at the US Patent and Trademark Office where he reviewed patent applications for next generation speech recognition technologies.
Lisa Gilbert, Congress Watch Director, Public Citizen
Lisa Gilbert is the director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch division. She advocates for government transparency and integrity, financial reform, civil justice, and consumer protection.
Gilbert has testified before Congress, and been quoted in publications such as The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and NPR. She was a featured contributor to the National Journal's "Expert Blog" on lobbying and ethics, and writes frequently for The Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, and The Hill.
Previously, Gilbert was the Democracy Advocate for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. Prior to U.S. PIRG, Gilbert was a campaign director who organized outreach campaigns to pass legislation on social justice and environmental issues for organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign, Sierra Club and Environment Washington.
Shawn Ginwright, Trustee, The California Endowment
Shawn Ginwright, a leading national expert on African American youth, youth activism, and youth development. Dr. Ginwright serves as the Senior Research Associate at the Cesar Chavez Institute for Public Policy in San Francisco, CA and is also an Associate Professor of Education in the Africana Studies Department at San Francisco State University. He is the author of “Hope and Healing in Urban Education”, “Black Youth Rising, Activism and Radical Healing in Urban America”, “Black in School- Afrocentric Reform, Black Youth and the Promise of Hip-Hop Culture” and co-editor of” Beyond Resistance!: Youth Resistance and Community Change: New Democratic Possibilities for Practice and Policy for America’s Youth”.
Neva Goodwin, Co-Director, Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University
Neva Goodwin is Co-director of the Global Development And Environment Institute, a research university at Tufts University, where she works to systematize an economic theory that will have more relevance to contemporary real world concerns. She has edited more than a dozen books, and is the lead author of three introductory textbooks, including Principles of Economics in Context, published by Taylor & Francis.
Dr. Goodwin led the creation of a “social science library” which contains over 9,000 full bibliographic references, representing seven social sciences, and including full text PDFs for a third of the articles. It is being distributed widely on USB drives and CD-ROMs in 138 developing and transitional countries, with special efforts to reach institutions with poor or no Internet access. A web version for institutions that have access to academic search engines will be available in late 2015.
Syed M. Hashemi, Senior Advisor, Graduating the Poor Initiative, CGAP, The World Bank
Syed M. Hashemi has a long career in teaching, research and managing programs for the poor. He taught Economics at Jahangirnagar University in Bangladesh, directed an anti-poverty research program at Grameen Trust, and set up a development institute and chaired the Department of Economics and Social Sciences at BRAC University. He spent nine years with CGAP, at the World Bank, focusing on financial inclusion of the poorest and ensuring a social performance bottom line in microfinance. He also headed a multi-country program to develop new pathways to graduate out of extreme poverty and food insecurity through integrating social protection, livelihood activities and financial services. Hashemi continues to be Senior Advisor for the graduation program at CGAP. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Riverside.
Anne Hastings, Manager, Microfinance CEO Working Group
Anne Hastings has been the Executive Director of the Microfinance CEO Working Group, a collaborative effort of the CEOs of ten global microfinance networks, since August 2013. Prior to assuming this position she spent 17 years in the leadership of Fonkoze – Haiti’s largest microfinance institution, first as Director of Fonkoze and then as CEO of Fonkoze Financial Services, S.A., which she helped to found in July 2004. She was a member of the Board of Directors until early in 2015. In 2007, Anne was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business Leadership by Duquesne University. The following year she was honored at the United Nations because of her commitment to the elimination of extreme poverty. In 2010, the Schwab Foundation named Anne a Social Entrepreneur of the Year.
Currently, Anne is a member of the Board of Directors of the Social Performance Task Force. She also serves on the Steering Committees of the Smart Campaign, TrueLift and SEEP’s Disaster Risk Reduction Program as well as the Program Committee of Trickle Up. Anne holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. In January 2016, Anne will become the Global Advocate and Quality Assurance Advisor of Uplift, a joint initiative of Amplifier Strategies and a group of philanthropic donors dedicated to accelerating the global adoption of the Graduation approach to overcoming extreme poverty.
Lisa Hayles, Institutional Investment Services, Boston Common Asset Management
Lisa Hayles, Institutional Investment Services. Lisa works closely with members of the investment team to liaise with existing institutional clients - as well as support the development of new relationships with investors and consultants. She sits on the US Sustainable and Responsible Investment Forum's Diversity Committee(USSIF) and is also a volunteer member of the USSIF International Working Group (IWG). As an IWG member, Lisa co-organized and moderated a half-day session on Gender and Investing at the USSIF's 2015 Annual Conference in Chicago in May. As Boston Common's representative to the 30% Coalition, she has contributed to the development of a new membership outreach strategy, making the business case for corporations to support greater Gender Diversity on Boards. Her previous work experience includes advising pension funds, and other institutional investors on Responsible Investment strategies at the ESG Research firm EIRIS in London, and roles at the Social Investment Organization and the Ontario Women's Directorate in Canada, the UNDP in Jamaica and the OECD in Paris, France. Lisa holds degrees from the University of Toronto (BA), University of Guelph (Msc. International Development) and the Sorbonne (French Language Certificate). She is currently a 2015 Level I Candidate in the CFA Program.
Amanda Hanley, Co-Founder and Director, Hanley Foundation
Amanda Hanley is the Co-Founder and a Director of the Hanley Foundation, formed to advance environmental, educational and empowerment solutions. She serves on numerous boards and committees including the Natural Resource Defense Council(NRDC) Midwest Council and Global Leadership Council; Academy for Global Citizenship, a green Chicago Public Charter School; Fresh Taste, an initiative to advance the Midwest's good food system; and North Shore Green Women and Chicago Women in Green, both of which are social networks for local green women activists and professionals. Along with her husband, George, she helped found the Hanley Sustainability Institute at the University of Dayton and is an advocate and signatory of Divest-Invest. Amanda has written about eco-issues for Crain’s Chicago Business and Make It Better, as well as on Huffington Post.
Stephen Heintz, President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Stephen Heintz is President of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Before joining the RBF, he held top leadership positions in both the nonprofit and public sectors. Most recently, he was founding president of Dēmos, a public policy research and advocacy organization working to enhance the vitality of American democracy and promote more broadly shared prosperity. Prior to founding Dēmos, he served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the EastWest Institute (EWI), where he worked on issues of economic reform, civil society development, and international security. Based in Prague, Czech Republic, from 1990 through 1997, he worked extensively throughout Central and Eastern Europe and the New Independent States. He devoted the first 15 years of his career to politics and government service in the State of Connecticut, where he served as commissioner of economic development and commissioner of social welfare. In 1988, he helped draft and secure passage by Congress of "The Family Support Act," the first major effort to reform the nation's welfare system. He currently serves on the boards of the EastWest Institute, the Rockefeller Archive Center, and The American Prospect. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014 the Nonprofit Times named him one of the 50 most influential leaders of the nonprofit sector. In 2013, President Bronisław Komorowski of Poland granted him the Officer’s Cross - Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland for his contributions to building civil society and democratic institutions in Poland.
Phil Henderson, President, Surdna Foundation
Phil joined Surdna in 2007, and under his leadership the foundation has reshaped its programs based on its mission to foster just and sustainable communities in the United States. Prior to his appointment at Surdna, Phil was vice president of the German Marshall Fund (GMF) of the U.S. which he joined in 1998 as a program officer responsible for grantmaking in economics. He later worked on special projects promoting civil society development in Central and Eastern Europe, including serving as chairman of the Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe.
Prior to GMF, Phil worked with the Civic Education Project (CEP), a non-profit group specializing in higher education reform in Central and Eastern Europe. He also served as a visiting economics lecturer at the University of Timisoara in Romania, country director for CEP in Romania, and director of CEP’s Central and East European programs while based in Prague and Budapest. Phil serves as chairman of the Romanian American Foundation, and also serves on the boards of BoardSource, Living Cities, the Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College, and International House. Phil holds an M.A. in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a B.A. in economics from Michigan State University.
Donna House, Ethnocultural Botanist
Donna House has three decades of experience in conservation of biodiversity and bio-cultural diversity. She is an expert in federal/tribal management systems, Indigenous community/organizational protocols and challenges, environmental policy, and Indigenous land rights. House is an expert in protecting eco-cultural diversity from the adverse impacts of development, particularly in the energy sector. She conducts research, manages and evaluates projects, and does botanical consulting and fundraising. House was one of the key designers for Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. House has worked as field botanist with conservation organizations and tribal endangered species programs, and served on US Fish and Wildlife Service Recovery Team for Endangered Plants.
House migrates between her homeland, Teelch’int’í on the Navajo Nation, and a farm along Rio Grande in Ohkay Owingeh territory
Joshua Humphreys, President and Senior Fellow, Croatan Institute
Joshua Humphreys is President and Senior Fellow of Croatan Institute, an independent, nonprofit institute for advanced social and environmental research and engagement, working on the frontiers of sustainability and finance. A leading authority on integrating environmental, social and governance issues into investment decision-making, Dr. Humphreys has taught at Harvard, Princeton, and NYU, and served as scholar-in-residence at the Rockefeller Archive Center, a Fulbright Scholar in Paris, and an Aspen Environment Forum Scholar. He has written widely on mission-related investing by foundations and endowments, and his insights on trends in philanthropy, sustainable finance, and impact investing have been widely published in the press, most recently in Barron’s, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, the Financial Times, Forbes, Institutional Investor, Pensions and Investments, and the Journal of Investing. He currently serves on advisory boards of the Dwight Hall SRI Fund at Yale University, the Responsible Endowments Coalition, and the Coalition for Responsible Investment at Harvard. He also serves as an Associate Fellow at Tellus Institute, the sustainability think tank in Boston.
Maria Jobin-Leeds, Founder and Managing Partner, Jobin-Leeds Partnership for Democracy and Education
Maria Jobin-Leeds likes to think at the systems level, asking questions about what’s happening upstream that produces so many hungry women and children in this rich country. With others she has launched and nurtured successful high-impact social change organizations to transform our structures, including 2 foundations. Access Strategies funds community civic groups to use the democracy to create equity by race, gender and income. Schott Foundation for Public Education supports parents, students, educators and policy makers together to create educational opportunity for all. For “Maria’s List” we comb the country for champions for public office who will promote bold social and economic policy that is inclusive by race and gender. As an investor, she now applies the same values to several portfolios. Maria predicts more moments of resistance to crushing oppression and creative alternatives for the new solidarity economy
Bruce Kahn, Portfolio Manager, Sustainable Insight Capital Management, and Confluence Board Member
Bruce has over 26 years of experience in environmental and investment research and management. Currently, Bruce is the Portfolio Manager at Sustainable Insight Capital Management. Previously, Bruce was a Director in Deutsche Bank’s Asset Management division where he acted as an investment strategist conducting high-level analytical research on sustainable investing including clean tech, water and agricultural-based investment strategies as well as ESG/SRI strategies. Prior to that, he managed assets at Smith Barney's Private Wealth Management Group in sustainable investments including agri-business and clean tech for Foundation/Endowment, HNWI and Institutional clients. Bruce currently serves as a Trustee and Chair of the Finance Committee of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation, and previously served on the Finance committee of the Christopher Reynolds Foundation and as Trustee of the Jesse Smith Noyes Foundation. He also serves as a member of the Board of Visitors for the Gaylord Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and is on the Technical Review Panel of National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Recently Bruce has joined the Advisory Council of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and serves on the Advisory Panel of Mercer Investment Consulting and Management’s Sustainable Opportunities Fund. Bruce is a recipient of both a J. William Fulbright Scholarship and a National Science Foundation Fellowship in ecological economics and served in the United States Peace Corps in the Republic of Cameroon, (1989-1993). Bruce holds a BA in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut; MS in Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures from Auburn University; PhD in Land Resources from University of Wisconsin, Madison. Bruce currently is a Lecturer of Finance, Statistics and Agriculture courses at Columbia University’s Earth Institute in the Sustainability Management Program.
Mitch Kapor, Partner, Kapor Center for Social Impact
Mitch Kapor is Partner at the Kapor Center for Social Impact and Kapor Capital, where he works with startups using information technology platforms to drive disruptive innovation.
A pioneer of the personal computing industry and a serial entrepreneur, Mitch is also a seed stage investor in Uber, Twilio, Inkling and University Now. His focus is increasingly on driving positive social impact, especially in leveraging IT to close gaps of opportunity and access in education, health care and other areas.
Mitch founded Lotus Development Corporation and designed Lotus 1-2-3, the “killer application” which made the personal computer ubiquitous in the business world in the 1980s. He is the co-founder of The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which protects freedom and privacy on the Internet and the founding chair of the Mozilla Foundation, creator of the open source web browser Firefox. He is also a founding investor in Linden Lab, maker of the first successful virtual world, Second Life.
Currently he serves on the board of Level Playing Field Institute, whose mission is to enhance equal opportunity in education and the workplace. Mitch is also on the Advisory Board of Generation Investment Management, a firm whose vision is to embed sustainability into the mainstream capital markets.
Jenny Kassan, Owner, Jenny Kassan Consulting
Jenny has two decades of experience as an attorney and advisor for mission-driven enterprises. She has helped her clients raise millions of dollars and raised several hundred thousand for her own business. Jenny serves her clients in the areas of business start-up, entity structuring to preserve mission, enterprise finance, securities regulation, investment crowdfunding, nonprofit law, and cooperatives. Jenny earned her J.D. from Yale Law School and a masters degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. She was recently appointed to the Securities and Exchange Commission Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies. Prior to beginning her work in securities and finance, Jenny worked for eleven years at a nonprofit community development corporation in Oakland, where she served as staff attorney and managed community economic development projects including the formation and management of several social ventures designed to employ and create business ownership opportunities for low-income community residents. Jenny is the President of Community Ventures, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the economic and social development of communities. She also co-founded the Sustainable Economies Law Center, a nonprofit that provides legal information to support sustainable economies.
Jon Jensen, Executive Director, Park Foundation
Jon Jensen is Executive Director of the Park Foundation which is based in Ithaca, New York, In this role he serves as the interface between the Foundation’s program and investment activities. The Park Foundation has committed to 100% mission related investing, and is active in program related investments, shareholder advocacy and proxy voting.
Jon’s previous positions include Associate Director of the Pew Conservation Scholars Program, Senior Program Associate of the Pew Charitable Trusts, and Executive Director of the Wildlife Preservation Trust International. He has a B.S. in Psychobiology from Albright College and a M.S. in Animal Behavior from Bucknell University.
He is currently a founding board member and President of the board of Confluence Philanthropy. His career in philanthropy spans 28 years of grantmaking and includes founding roles in The Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, where he also served as chair of the board, and the Environmental Grantmakers Association, where he twice served as chair. He has received career achievement awards from Ohio Citizen Action, the Institute for Conservation Leadership and Ohio Environmental Council.
Sayer Jones, Director of Finance and Mission Related Investments, Meyer Memorial Trust
Sayer Jones is the Director of Finance and Mission Related Investments at the Meyer Memorial Trust in Portland Oregon, his night job is recording YouTube videos with his 8-year-old son. In both endeavors Mr. Jones leverages his background, humor and big picture thinking to showcase his passion for family, Oregon and doing right by the community.
In his role as Director of Finance he oversees the daily functions of the finance and accounting department and is tasked with budgets audits and so forth. In his role as the Director of Mission Related Investing, he spends his time on surfacing, reviewing and eventually investing in opportunities that add to the Trusts mission to build a flourishing and equitable Oregon. Examples are investments in the Portland seed fund, Ecotrust Forests, Women’s Venture Fund and the Oregon Angel fund along with assisting in the Program Related Investment portfolio (low interest loans to not for profits in Oregon) for the past seven years.
Prior to joining the Trust Mr. Jones worked as a CPA at Moss Adams LLP doing taxes and consulting services for a wide verity of clients, but mostly focused on the Not for Profit sector. While not working or keeping up with this three children Mr. Jones likes to bike, read and play video games.
Sonia Kowal, President, Zevin Asset Management
Sonia Kowal is Zevin Asset Management's President. She is also a member of the firm's investment committee where she incorporates sustainability issues into investment decision making and oversees Zevin’s shareholder advocacy work as well as the integration of environmental and social issues into the investment process. Previously, Sonia headed Ethical Investment Research Services' (EIRIS) US office and was a Portfolio Manager and Investment Research Analyst at Baillie Gifford in Scotland. Sonia holds a BS in Zoology from the University of Edinburgh and an MS in Investment Analysis from the University of Stirling, Scotland. She is an active member of US SIF (the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment) and sits on the steering committee of US SIF's International Working Group. Sonia is currently on the board ofWomenade Boston, a women's giving circle dedicated to raising awareness and funds for programs that positively impact the lives of women and teen girls in the Boston area.
Dennis J. Kucinich, Former Congressman
Dennis J. Kucinich is a highly respected public servant and progressive icon with an exhaustive knowledge of how to make government work for the people. Kucinich's commitment to bettering the lives of the public began at a young age. The eldest of seven children from working class parents, he grew up in the inner city of Cleveland and lived in 21 different places by age 18. This first-hand experience with poverty and homelessness instilled in him a passionate drive to fight for the needs of the everyday American.
In 1969 at age 23, Kucinich was elected to the Cleveland City Council. Eight years later he became, at the time, the youngest mayor of a major American city. After serving as an Ohio State Senator from 1994-96, Kucinich was elected US Representative for Ohio's 10th congressional district, a seat he has held for seven terms. A candidate for the Democratic nomination for US President in 2004 and 2008, he has been a tireless advocate for worker rights, civil rights, and human rights, and has been honored by numerous groups, including Public Citizen and the Sierra Club as a champion of the environment.