Shawn Ginwright, Trustee, The California Endowment, Confluence Board Member
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”.
Stephanie Gidigbi, SPARCC Policy, Capacity, and Systems Change Direct & Senior Advisor, Urban Solutions, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Stephanie Gidigbi champions public policy solutions that promote economic, social, and environmental benefits for communities. She directs the policy, capacity, and systems change function for the Strong, Prosperous and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC), a $90 million initiative advancing equitable infrastructure investment. Gidigbi previously served as a political appointee for President Obama and advanced the administration’s economic opportunity agenda at the U.S. Department of Transportation. She worked on Capitol Hill for several years. Gidigbi brings more than a decade of international, federal, state, and local government experience to NRDC's Urban Solutions team. She has a master’s degree from Seton Hall University and based in Washington, D.C.
John Goldstein, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
John Goldstein is a managing director within Goldman Sachs Asset Management. John joined Goldman Sachs in 2015 through the acquisition of Imprint Capital to help expand the firm’s Environmental, Social and Governance and impact investing capabilities. Previously, John co-founded Imprint Capital Advisors in 2007 to help foundations, families and financial institutions create and manage impact investing programs and portfolios. Imprint made and managed more than 120 investments with its clients and worked with 11 of the 25 largest U.S. foundations.John has served as an advisor or board member to a diverse set of organizations in the impact space, such as the US National Advisory Board of the G8 Social Impact Investing Task Force, McKinsey’s working group on Social Impact Bonds, the UN Capital Development Fund, and the International Interfaith Investment Group. John graduated from Yale University with honors. He was awarded the Richter Fellowship and the Townsend Prize.
Alex Haber, Senior Program Manager, Philanthropic Services, RSF Social Finance
Alex Haber is Senior Program Manager, Philanthropic Services at RSF Social Finance. He is responsible for cultivating giving to and through RSF by providing strategic and advisory support to RSF’s donor clients and stewarding individual and foundation donors to RSF’s collaboratives and field-building initiatives. He has a passion for philanthropy as a tool for economic transformation. Prior to RSF, he held positions in donor services and program management at The San Francisco Foundation, Tides, and Jewish Funds for Justice (now Bend the Arc). He received a BA in Comparative Literature from Cornell University.
Lisa Hagerman, Director of Programs, DBL Partners
Lisa Hagerman, Ph.D., is the Director of Programs at DBL Partners, a venture capital firm whose goal is to combine top-ier financial returns with meaningful social, environmental and economic returns in the regions and sectors in which it invests. Previously Lisa was Director of Programs at DBL Investors, which she joined in 2011. Lisa is leading the strategy and implementation of double bottom line practices working with DBL Partners’ portfolio companies across workforce development, environmental stewardship, community engagement, and public policy. Lisa was previously the Director of More for Mission at the Harvard Kennedy School, a research and advocacy initiative promoting mission investing, in which she built a network of over 90 foundations representing over $38 billion in total assets. In May of 2012, More for Mission merged with PRI Makers to form Mission Investors Exchange. Prior to her role at More for Mission, she completed her doctorate in economic geography. Her doctoral thesis was in economic geography on Public Pension Fund Investment in Urban Revitalization, a project supported by the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations. She was previously a Vice President of Economic Innovation International. In addition, Lisa has ten years of banking experience, three of which were with Wells Fargo Bank in Government Relations where she worked with the community development department and promoted the Bank’s minority lending initiatives. She worked at Citibank for seven years in the Latin American Marketing Division. Lisa holds a Visiting Research Associate position at Oxford University, School of Geography and the Environment. Lisa received her Bachelor of Arts from Bucknell University and her Master of Arts in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
John Hamilton, Vice President of Economic Opportunity, New Hampshire Community Loan Fund
John Hamilton is Vice President of Economic Opportunity at the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, a 34-year old nonprofit that has lent more than $260 million in New Hampshire for affordable housing, child care and economic opportunities. The Community Loan Fund shapes its capital to its borrowers’ needs. This is possible because more than 600 individuals and organizations invest in its shared-risk pool. Those Opportunity NH Investments provide a flexible source of capital that can be deployed with patience, creativity and customized training or education that sets the borrower up for success. Some investors who seek more-direct local lending and a higher risk/reward profile have joined us in business deals that were too large for us to do alone. These co-investments allow us to fill more capital gaps and help investors deploy more capital, locally, in ways that reflect their values and impact goals.
Kate Huntington, Managing Director, Athena Capital
Kate is a Managing Director focusing on alternative investments. She is a co-head of Athena’s research and manager selection team across asset classes. She previously worked as a Consulting Associate at Cambridge Associates where she supported Consultants in managing, advising on, and reporting on a variety of institutional client investment portfolios. Kate started her career as a Research Analyst at Stonebridge Associates, a real estate investment and advisory firm, and then transitioned to economic consulting with both Capital Economics and LECG where she was an Economist/Consultant providing economic analysis and market research to support high-profile anti-trust litigation. She has also worked in the global equity research group at Fiduciary Trust. Kate currently holds the Series 65 license.
Kate has a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia and received an MBA from Yale School of Management.
Oran Hesterman, Ph.D, President & Chief Executive Officer, Author, Fair Food Network, Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All
With more than 35 years in the field, Oran B. Hesterman is a national leader in sustainable agriculture and food systems. He currently serves as president and CEO of Fair Food Network, a national nonprofit that pioneers solutions that support farmers, strengthen local economies, and increase access to healthy food—especially in our most underserved communities. Since 2009, Fair Food Network’s signature program, Double Up Food Bucks, has become a national model for healthy food incentives. Hesterman’s 2011 book, Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All, was heralded by The New York Times as “an important, accessible book on a crucial subject” and is required reading at 25 colleges and universities. Before launching Fair Food Network, Hesterman served as a program director in food systems at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation during the time that the foundation helped seed the local food systems movement with more than $200 million in investments. Prior to his work in philanthropy and nonprofits, Hesterman taught at Michigan State University.
Kristin Hull, Founder, Nia Community Foundation
Kristin is a social change agent, entrepreneur and impact investor, helping others invest into the world in which they want to live using finance as a tool for social change. She is devoted to promoting inclusion and diversity in leadership, and to re-envisioning capitalism. Kristin founded Nia Community Investments in 2010, a 100% impact portfolio. In 2013 Kristin launched Nia Global Solutions. Prior to Nia, Kristin served as President and Chair of the Board of the Hull Family Foundation from 2007 to 2011, where she oversaw all of the investment efforts and transitioned the endowment from a traditional investment portfolio to one of the country’s first 100% mission impact invested portfolios. From 1990 to 2007 she worked as an educator in the Bay Area. She earned her B.A. and teaching credentials at Tufts University, her M.A. in Research in Bilingual Education from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in Urban Education from the University of California at Berkeley.
Meredith Heimburger, Finance Committee Member, Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation
Meredith Heimburger is the Director of Sustainability for Global Endowment Management, an investment firm managing $8 billion for endowment and foundation clients. Meredith started her career as a teacher and held various staff roles with Teach For America. Meredith works with several organizations dedicated to sustainability, responsible investment, and impact measurement: a participant in the World Economic Forum’s Impact Investing for the Next Generation program; a member of the Global Philanthropists’ Circle Impact Investment Group, the Philanthropy Workshop’s Working Group on Climate Change and Energy, the Giving Pledge Impact Investing Affinity Group, the Intentional Endowments Network, and Confluence Philanthropy; a member of the finance committee of the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, which promotes sustainable solutions to human and environmental problems, and the board and finance committee of Equal Measure, a non-profit evaluation organization. Meredith lives in Charlotte with her husband and their two sons.
Douwe Jan Joustra, Head Circular Transformation, C&A Foundation
Douwe Jan Joustra is Head Circular Transformation at the C&A-Foundation. He introduced Circular Economy in the Netherlands in 2010 after a cooperation with Ellen MacArthur in the UK. He is an expert on Circular Economy in business and the performance of governments in enhancing circular economy initiatives. Joustra introduced the perspective on design(-thinking) as an enabling perspective in circular economy. Also, he is responsible for concepts as ‘ecomimicry’ (learning by ecology for economy) and the ‘Ecology of Things’, both also with a focus on societal value development. Within the C&A-Foundation, we look for transformation on technical-, process- and systems level. So, why is waste a waste of energy? We look for new business models, their implementation and leadership as a specific role for philanthropies.
Jon Jensen, Executive Director, Park Foundation
Jon Jensen is Executive Director of the Park Foundation. Park Foundation is based in Ithaca, New York, and awards over $19 million annually via national and regional programs in higher education, media, environment and animal welfare as well as local programs in sustainability, human services, arts and culture, and communications. Jon’s previous positions include Executive Director of the Wildlife Preservation Trust International, Senior Program Associate of the Pew Charitable Trusts, Associate Director of the Pew Conservation Scholars Program, and Senior Program Officer for Environment at the George Gund Foundation. His career in philanthropy includes over 30 years of grantmaking experience and founding trustee roles in the Environmental Grantmakers Association, Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, and Confluence Philanthropy. He has served a chair of the board for each of these organizations. Jon has spoken at local, regional and national conferences on subjects such as endangered species conservation, nonprofit management, green buildings, smart growth, watershed conservation, foundation philanthropy, nonprofit leadership, journalism, higher education and mission related investing.
Danny Kennedy, Managing Director, California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF)
Danny Kennedy is a pioneer in clean energy and innovation, managing director of the California Clean Energy Fund, and president of CalCharge, a membership consortium that drives breakthroughs in energy storage technology. In 2007, Mr. Kennedy co-founded Sungevity, Inc., the country’s largest privately held solar company. He also co- founded Powerhouse, the only incubator and accelerator focusing solely on supporting solar entrepreneurs. Mr. Kennedy serves on the boards of VoteSolar, the Solar Foundation in Washington, D.C., and several solar startups, including Powerhive in Kenya and Sunergise in Fiji. He is the author of the clean energy manifesto Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy—and the Planet—From Dirty Energy. Working in collaboration with other groups, he spearheaded Sungevity’s Solar on the White House campaign, which resulted in the Obama administration’s decision to place solar panels on the First Family’s residence.
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.
Jennifer Kenning, Co-Founder and CEO, Align Impact
Combining her desire for change across the globe and passion for financial management, Jennifer serves as the CEO and Co-Founder of Align. Align serves as an independent specialized impact advisor to high net worth families, individuals and foundations. Jennifer joined Aspiriant in 2002 as an associate in Wealth Management eventually leading the charge as a Director in Wealth Management in the family office division and as a member of Aspiriant’s Board of Directors. In 2017. Jennifer was selected as one of the 16 Innovators as part of InvestmentNews “Icons and Innovators” feature. Jennifer was named “40 under 40” for Investment News in 2014, a finalist for “Rising Star for Family Wealth” report, and selected for Private Asset Management’s “50 Most Influential Women in Private Wealth” in 2016. Jennifer was selected to attend Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women of the Next Generation” Summit and Skoll World Forum. Jenn sits on the industry advisory board for the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, Wharton Social Impact Initiative and Tara Health Foundation joint project aligning investors interests in improving the lives of women. In March and November 2016 and November 2017, Jennifer curated and led an Impact Investing course for the University of Cape Town. Jenn is honored to serve as the Committee Senior Investment Advisor for ImpactAsset’s Annual IA 50 Impact Investing Fund Showcase in 2017 and again in 2018. Jennifer earned a BBA degree in Finance and BA in Economics from the Southern Methodist University and graduated Cum Laude.
Sonia Kowal, President, Zevin Asset Management
Sonia Kowal is the president of Zevin Asset Management, with responsibility for corporate matters, business practices, strategic planning, and marketing. She is also a member of the firm's investment committee, where she incorporates sustainability issues into investment decision making. She oversees environmental, social, and governance research, proxy voting, and the corporate engagement strategies of the firm. Previously, Sonia headed Ethical Investment Research Services' (EIRIS) U.S. office and was a portfolio manager and investment research analyst at Baillie Gifford in Scotland, where she had responsibility for investments in Emerging Markets. 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 currently on the board of ICCR – the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, a coalition of faith and values-riven organizations who view the management of their investments as a powerful catalyst for social change. She is also a mentor for disadvantaged youth through Year-Up. When not investing with impact or shaping the progressive minds of tomorrow, Sonia practices and teaches Ukrainian egg art (pysanky) in “a pretty hardcore way”.