Dana launched Confluence Philanthropy in August of 2009 after serving as the executive director of the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA). While at EGA, Dana provided networking services to over 250 grantmaking organizations from across North America and Europe. From 2009-2011 Dana served as the Program Director and Board Advisor at The Swift Foundation while launching Confluence.
Prior to Philanthropy, Dana founded Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ), an environmental education and youth empowerment organization for at risk youth. While there, she acted as a lead organizer in the closure of San Francisco’s infamous Hunters Point Power Plant; raising funds to supplant it with the region’s first off-the-grid educational Eco Center.
She has been a fellow at the Donnella Meadows Program in Systems Theory and the California Women’s Foundation Policy Institute. Dana has also lived and worked among the Samburu (Maasai) in northern Kenya for many years; the Cheyenne River Lakota; and Roma refugees in Europe. A nomad in spirit, Dana sometimes lives in Oakland, California and at other times in Bed Sty, Brooklyn, NY.
Deb Nelson, Vice President of Client and Community Engagement, RSF Social Finanace
Vice President, Client and Community Engagement, RSF Social FinanceDeb Nelson leads RSF’s Integrated Capital Fellowship, Women’s Capital Collaborative, and field building activities. Deb landed at RSF after winding career paths in community development, retail, financial services and nonprofit networks. She is passionate about economic justice, women’s empowerment, and courageous leadership. Deb was executive director of Social Venture Network (SVN), a community of mission-driven entrepreneurs and impact investors, for 15 years. Deb also worked for Working Assets/CREDO Mobile and American Express, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon. Deb has a BA in English from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. When she’s not at RSF, she enjoys exploring the Bay Area with her sons.
Konda Mason, Co-Founder, Impact Hub Oakland, and Yoga and Meditation teacher
Konda Mason is a social entrepreneur, earth and social justice activist and spiritual teacher. Konda is the Co-Founder and former CEO of Impact Hub Oakland, a beautiful co-working space that supports socially engaged entrepreneurs and changemakers. She is the Project Director of the Runway Project Oakland, a micro-lending fund for African American entrepreneurs intended to close the “Friends & Family” gap funding that is often unavailable to them. Additionally, Konda is the co-founder of the annual COCAP (Community Capital) conference in Oakland, with a focus on “Building the We Economy”.
Konda is a yoga and meditation teacher. She sits on the Board of Directors at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and is on the Advisory Board of the Namchak Foundation’s Learning Circles. She is currently in the 2020 Spirit Rock Teacher Training program.
Lisa Mensah, President and CEO, Opportunity Finance Network
As President and CEO of Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), the nation’s leading network of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Lisa Afua Serwah Mensah expands sources of capital and provides greater visibility for CDFIs. Under her leadership, OFN helps CDFIs leverage public funding with private investment from mainstream financial institutions, socially responsible investors, and philanthropic partners in distressed communities across America. Mensah joined OFN in March 2017 bringing private and public sector expertise in using financial tools to improve the economic security of the working poor.
In 2014 Mensah was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the US Senate for the position of Under Secretary of Agriculture for Rural Development. In this role, she managed a loan portfolio of $215 billion, directing annual investments of $30 billion in critical infrastructure for rural America. Mensah achieved record levels of productivity and developed new partnerships with private and philanthropic partners to generate $120 million in private grants and loan guarantees for persistently poor rural communities.
Before her appointment as Under Secretary, Mensah was the founding Executive Director of the Initiative on Financial Security at The Aspen Institute where she led a national bi-partisan effort with leaders of financial institutions, non-profit executives and experts to promote savings, homeownership, and retirement policies and products. Mensah began her career in commercial banking at Citibank before joining the Ford Foundation where she was responsible for the country's largest philanthropic grant and loan portfolio of investments in rural America.
Mensah, who divides her time between OFN’s Philadelphia headquarters and Washington D.C. office, holds an M.A. from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of The Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from Harvard University. Born in Oregon, she is the daughter of an immigrant from Ghana and a former Iowa farm girl. She resides in Maryland with her husband and two children.
Jeff Pace, Director of Finance & Operations and CFO, The Christensen Fund, Confluence Board Member
Jeff Pace is the Director of Finance and Operations and the CFO of The Christensen Fund. Jeff joined Christensen in 2014 after twelve years in community development in the San Francisco Bay Area and more than twenty five years in finance and operations. Prior to joining the fund he was Chief Operating and Financial Officer at the Unity Council in Oakland, helping that nonprofit agency double in size and scope to greater impact with the introduction of the Fruitvale Transit Village, a standard-bearer in the United States for community-led, socially responsible, transit-oriented development. Before that, Jeff was the Chief Financial and Strategy Officer for Juma Ventures, an important nonprofit social enterprise institution in San Francisco providing hundreds of disadvantaged youth with jobs and futures.
Before working full-time on these nonprofit efforts, Jeff volunteered with Greenpeace and the Sierra Club, and was a co-founder and early Board President of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. He cares deeply about transportation, water, land use and energy, and how the use of precious resources impacts social justice and equity. Previously, Jeff was CFO of a venture-backed fiber optics company based in Los Angeles County.
Jeff received his BSBA degree from the University of Phoenix, and his MBA degree from UCLA’s Anderson School. He serves on the Board of Directors and the Finance Committee for the Peralta Colleges Foundation, which provides four East Bay community colleges with scholarships and support for over 28,000 students. Jeff also serves on the Board of Directors of the Amah Mutsun Land Trust, which works to protect the traditional lands of the Indigenous Peoples of the south-San Francisco and north-Monterey Bay area.
A father of three pre-teens and a baby son, Axl, Jeff spends a lot of time in revelry and marvel in the bleachers (basketball and baseball) and the auditorium (ballet and band). After singing the lead (in Italian) in Le Nozze de Figaro, he briefly considered a career on the opera stage, and Jeff has also served as the front man in a rock and roll cover band for several years.
Lorenzo J. de Rosenzweig Pasquel, Executive Director, Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza, A.C, Confluence Board Member
Lorenzo J. de Rosenzweig Pasquel has 30+ years of experience in the environmental and conservation finance field. As President of the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature (a $125m endowment Conservation Trust Fund) for more than 22 years, and Chairman of the Mesoamerican Reef Fund (a $25m endowment Regional Conservation Trust Fund) for more than 10 years, he has acquired extensive experience in fundraising and execution of capital campaigns, and the operation and funding of biodiversity conservation, environmental research, regional development and capacity building projects. He has also contributed to the design and incorporation of learning and practice networks for the National Environmental Funds of Latin America and the Caribbean (RedLAC) and 3 additional communities of practice in fire management protected areas and marine conservation.
He is a member of several boards and advisory councils, including the Conservation Finance Alliance (CFA) Executive Committee, The Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO), The Mesoamerican Reef Fund, The Healthy Reefs Initiative, The Fund for Communication and Environmental Education, the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Conservation and Exploration Fund, and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). In the latter, he brings the Latin American perspective to development issues linked to biodiversity and natural resources.
Lorenzo has a B.S. degree in Biochemistry and Engineering from the Monterrey Technological Institute (ITESM) and a Master in Science degree in Marine Biology and Seafood Technology from Oregon State University. Fields of expertise include biology, ichtiology, ornithology, natural sciences, environmental engineering, food science and toxicology, as well as financial investment and asset management. He is fluent in English and Spanish, has basic German skills and is a Certified Nitrox and Recreational Diver.
He has also contributed to more than 30 books and capacity building tools, and participated in 6 technical field guides as an illustrator and photographer of wildlife.
Regan Pritzker, President, The Libra Foundation
Regan Pritzker is an elementary school teacher and mother of three teens. As chair of the investment committee of her family’s foundation, the Libra Foundation, Regan works to accelerate alignment of the invested assets with their mission to support transformative social justice. She also serves on the boards of Global Greengrants Fund and The Urban School of San Francisco. She holds a master’s degree in Developmental Education from the UC, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Stanford University.
Will Morgan, Head of Impact, Sonen Capital
Will Morgan leads the effort to define, evaluate and report impact across Sonen Capital's public and private market investment strategies, as well as for Sonen's highly targeted and customized impact investment portfolios. Will provides top-down impact frameworks that inform the investment underwriting process, focusing on identifying thematic social and environmental outcomes and how those outcomes can be achieved through specific investment activities.
As part of communicating the results of Sonen's investments, Will works with underlying investments and managers to improve impact evaluation and measurement systems and processes to enhance the quality and depth of impact data reported to clients. Under Will's leadership, Sonen integrates third-party ESG data into public markets investment impact evaluation, as well as other emerging industry standards such as GIIRS, the Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS), the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and science-based targets.
Greg Neichin, Director, Ceniarth
Greg is the Director of Ceniarth, a single-family office focused on funding market-based solutions that benefit underserved communities. Ceniarth primarily engages in rural, marginalized regions in sectors such as agriculture, energy, and financial inclusion.
Prior to Ceniarth, Greg served as Executive Vice President of Cleantech Group where he led the firm’s global advisory business helping investors identify and evaluate opportunities in energy and resource markets. He spent four years on the management team of GetActive Software, one of the earliest, online fundraising platforms for charities and political advocacy groups and co-founded PlaceVine, an online marketplace to fund independent film & media. Greg began his career as a consultant with Oliver Wyman.
Greg has a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he was a recipient of the Price Fellowship for studies in Entrepreneurial Management.