GEOFFREY EISENBERG, PRINCIPAL, THE ECOSYSTEM INTEGRITY FUND
Geoffrey Eisenberg is a Principal at the Ecosystem Integrity Fund, and has been a member of the EIF investment team from its inception in 2010. EIF is a sustainability-focused venture capital fund, currently investing out of its third fund. At EIF, Geoff invests in renewable energy, grid/storage, electric vehicle technologies, sustainable agriculture, water, and green chemistry.
Prior to joining EIF, Geoff worked as a Senior Consulting Associate at Cambridge Associates, a global institutional investment consulting firm. While at Cambridge, he provided investment counsel to institutional, pension, and ultra-high net-worth clients. Geoff also conducted due diligence on investment managers, and helped clients build diversified and sophisticated portfolios across asset classes. He initiated the firm’s 2007 white paper on cleantech investing for institutional clients, and conducted extensive research on the cleantech industry, including company and venture capital/private equity fund analysis. In addition to his role at EIF, Geoff is a mentor for the Hawaii Energy Exelerator, helping clean energy start-ups scale. He also serves as a director to the Forsythia Foundation, a non-profit focused on the commercialization of safer green chemistry replacements for toxic chemicals in our products and environment. Geoff holds a BA in History and Philosophy from Bates College in Lewiston, ME.
IRA EHRENPREIS, MANAGING PARTNER, DBL PARTNERS
Ira Ehrenpreis is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Partners, a leading impact investing venture capital firm, currently investing out of a $400M fund. Ira is a recognized leader in the venture capital industry, having served on the Board, Executive Committee, and as Annual Meeting Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). Ira currently serves as the President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (WAVC) and as the Chairman of the VCNetwork, the largest and most active California venture capital organization. In 2007, Ira was named one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Men Under 45" and in 2014 was inducted into the International Green Industry Hall of Fame. Ira has invested in a wide range of companies, including SpaceX, and serves on the board of Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA), Apeel, Mapbox and numerous other companies. Ira has served as the Chairman of the Silicon Valley Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (SVIEF) in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. He also served for many years on the Advisory Board of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE).
Ira is the Founder and Chairman of one of the most prominent annual energy innovation industry events, the World Energy Innovation Forum (WEIF), which convenes the who's-who in the industry to discuss the important energy issues and opportunities of our time. In addition, he has served on several industry Boards, including the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee (ERAC), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Advisory Council, the Clean-Tech Investor Summit (Chairman in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013), the Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF) West (Co-Chairman in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017), the Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF) Wall Street (Co-Chairman in 2015, 2016, and 2017), the Cleantech Venture Network (Past Chairman of Advisory Board), and ACORE (American Council on Renewable Energy). Ira is also an active leader at Stanford University, where he has served on the Board of Visitors of Stanford Law School and is currently an advisory board member of the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy (PIE) Advisory Council and the Stanford Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP). Ira has also been a guest lecturer, including helping to teach a course on Venture Capital. Ira received his JD/MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School, where he was an Associate Editor of Stanford Law Review. He holds a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude.
Originator of the concepts of Blended Value and Total Portfolio Management, Jed Emerson has extensive experience leading, staffing and advising funds, firms, social ventures and foundations pursuing financial performance with social/environmental impact. In addition to his writing, Jed currently focuses on working with families exploring how to ensure a long-term legacy by managing their full net worth for impact. He is an internationally recognized Thought Leader in impact investing, social entrepreneurship and strategic philanthropy. Emerson has twice been selected as one of North America’s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior and was awarded a Life Time appointment in 2015. Together with co-author, Antony Bugg-Levine, winner of the 2012 Nautilus Gold Book Award and has twice been selected by the NonProfit Times as one of the 50 Most Influential People in the Sector.
Hannah Erickson, Advisor Program Manager, Confluence Philanthropy
Hannah is passionate about connecting philanthropic capital with high impact initiatives. Prior to joining Confluence Philanthropy, Hannah served as a Development Officer for Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) where she specialized in customizing consulting services around the needs of corporate clients. Prior to SVCF, Hannah founded Adaptive Philanthropy, a boutique consultancy that supported donors, foundations and aid groups in identifying impact goals and evaluating charitable programs. Before entering philanthropy, Hannah focused on water and climate change policy and international development. She served as the Program Manager for Imagine H2O's Water Accelerator and consulted for the American Carbon Registry and the World Wildlife Fund. Hannah also co-founded Carbon Roots International (CRI), the largest sustainable cooking fuel company in Haiti. Today, Hannah supports CRI as Board Chair. Hannah holds a master's degree from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment and a bachelor's degree from Whittier College. When not at work, Hannah can be found trudging through half-marathons and triathlons and pulling weeds in her garden.
David Estrada, Partnership Strategy Director, Confluence Philanthropy
David is based in New York City and is passionate about the role of progressive philanthropy in addressing the world’s most critical challenges. He joined Confluence Philanthropy after more than a decade leading successful partnerships with private foundations and CSR programs in the areas of global health, economic development and social entrepreneurship. Most recently, he served as Director of External Relations at KickStart International, a leading social enterprise which brings together philanthropy, innovative financing and the private sector to design and sell tools to help developing-world entrepreneurs lift themselves out of poverty. While there, he worked closely with foundations, family offices and corporations to build long-term and mission-aligned partnerships to scale KickStart’s B2B distribution model across 14 countries in Africa. David also led the communications strategy, overseeing online and print collateral development, as well as securing press coverage through the Clinton Global Initiative, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, CNBC Africa, Forbes and The Huffington Post, among others. Previously, David worked in global health at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative where he grew a portfolio of corporate funding partners. He has also managed a direct mail program at the Alliance for Lupus Research. David is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a certificate in non-profit management from UIC. In his free time, David can be found painting, practicing another language, or filling his passport with new stamps.
STACEY FAELLA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, WOODCOCK FOUNDATION
Stacey Faella is the Executive Director of the Woodcock Foundation, a progressive family foundation that supports efforts to improve the educational, economic, and environmental circumstances of communities in need. Stacey works across the foundation’s programs, which span social enterprise, food systems, large landscape conservation, gender equality, media reform, and civil society. In addition to advancing the foundation’s programs through both grants and program-related investments, Stacey works with others in the sector to foster collaboration in philanthropy and support grantee capacity building efforts. She originally joined the foundation in September 2011.
Stacey has experience working on foundation and nonprofit communications, strategy, evaluation, and impact investing. She has managed a growing PRI portfolio at the Woodcock Foundation, built a project strategy to engage millennials in causes related to gender equality, conducted a program evaluation for an international youth reproductive health program, and led a strategic planning process for a nonprofit focused on civic engagement. She has engaged in communications research on behalf of various causes and frequently works with grantees to improve their communications capacity. Stacey serves on the board of Spark Microgrants as well as steering committees for Community Food Funders and Confluence Philanthropy. She previously served on the Board of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey, where she was also founding chair of the Young People’s Network.
PATRICIA FARRAR-RIVAS, FOUNDING PRINCIPAL AND CEO, VERIS WEALTH PARTNERS
Patricia Farrar-Rivas is a founding principal and CEO of Veris Wealth Partners, a wealth management firm committed to aligning wealth with values. She has been providing investment advisory and wealth management services since 1992. Prior to Veris, Patricia led the effort by Silicon Valley-based public accounting firm, Frank, Rimerman + Co. to launch its new investment advisory subsidiary. She also co-founded the New York office of Progressive Asset Management in 1994.
Earlier in her career, Patricia worked on economic development, local empowerment, and social justice. She realized the degree to which economic factors were embedded in those challenges, and, as the responsible investing industry was emerging in the U.S., turned her attention to advising asset owners on the potential impact of their investment policies and decisions.
Patricia served on the board of As You Sow, a nonprofit organization promoting corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy and innovative legal strategies. Patricia is a principal consultant to the Envestnet Sustainability Platform and a member of the Envestnet Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Standards Council for the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), a nonprofit that works on developing and disseminating industry-specific sustainability accounting standards for material, nonfinancial (ESG) information. Patricia is based in San Francisco, where she lives with her family.
Sonja Fitz, Director of Development & Marketing, Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS)
Sonja Fitz has over 30 years of experience with nonprofit fundraising, outreach, marketing, and administration. During her time with Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS), Sonja has served as Director of Development & Marketing (current), Grants & Budget Manager, and Policy & Communications Director among other roles. She has also done outside consulting on fundraising, grants, and donor communications with other nonprofits, including Encampment for Citizenship, AmazonWatch, Options Recovery, Sports4Kids, and First Place Fund for Youth. She served on the Board of Directors and Fundraising Committee for Berkeley Community Media, and has volunteered with First They Came For the Homeless, Medical Clowning Project, Berkeley Repertory Theater and others over the years. A lifelong East Bay native (and graduate of both Berkeley High School and UC Berkeley – Go Bears!), she is committed to human services, social justice, arts and environmental causes. Sonja was part of the 2016 Class of Leadership East Bay and awarded her CFRE in 2017. She lives by Lake Merritt in Oakland with her husband and 12 year old son.
NICK FLORES, DIRECTOR, IMPACT INVESTING, THE CAPROCK GROUP
Nick brings to Caprock a diversity of financial and business development experience, with particular expertise in impact investing and real assets. In his previous position with Emcor Securities, he designed investment strategies for the firm’s impact-oriented clients, and crafted business plans for the firm’s sustainable forestry initiatives within the timberland space. Prior to that, Nick served as a Director at Investors’ Circle, where he managed deal sourcing and due diligence on behalf of the angel investor network. He also worked at Green For All, which was focused on launching a social investment fund, as well as providing technical assistance to entrepreneurs, all to stimulate job creation and environmental sustainability in urban communities.
Before committing his career to impact, Nick worked in commercial real estate and sports for nearly a decade. He holds an MBA and BA (with Honors), both from Stanford University, an institution for which his fondness is surpassed only by that for his wife, daughter, son, and dog.
Stacy Flynn, CEO and Co-Founder of Evrnu
As the CEO and Co-Founder of Evrnu, Stacy’s focus is on transforming textile waste into a resource. Evrnu has invented the only regenerative fiber technology that turns post-consumer cotton waste into a pristine new fiber used in apparel, home goods and industrial textiles. Stacy is an accomplished global textile development specialist who has led billion-dollar programs at DuPont, Target and Eddie Bauer. She holds an MBA degree in Sustainable Systems, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Textile Development and Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Creating opportunities to eliminate waste, while benefiting the environment, is her personal mission.
Victoria Fram, Co-Founder, Village Capital and the Managing Director, VilCap Investments, LLC,
Victoria Fram is Co-Founder of Village Capital and the Managing Director at VilCap Investments, LLC, an early-stage investment fund focused on backing companies that are addressing the world’s greatest social and environmental challenges. Victoria manages all aspects of fund functions including strategy, structuring, and sourcing, providing portfolio support, investor relations and reporting, and fund administration. Prior to Village Capital, while in business school, Victoria was on the Program Related Investments team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; previously she was an Investment Associate at Metropolitan (a real estate focused private equity fund-of-funds acquired by Carlyle). Victoria started her career as an Insight Fellow, living and working in China, the Netherlands, Kenya, and Uganda designing and implementing projects focused on international development and conflict resolution. As a graduate fellow and research assistant, she has contributed to projects in innovative social finance with Acumen Fund, Investors’ Circle, and RSF Social Finance. Victoria received an MBA and a Certificate in Public Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a BA in International Relations with a minor in Mandarin from Stanford University. Victoria sits on various corporate and nonprofit boards, including Pear Deck, Coupa Foundation, and also participates as an investment committee member for Stanford GSB’s Student Impact Fund.
TIMOTHY FREUNDLICH, PRESIDENT, IMPACT ASSETS
Tim is a long-time innovator in new financial instruments in the social enterprise sector, which he now applies as the Head of ImpactAssets, the $400mm boutique donor advised fund and investment note offerer for impact investments. While previously at Calvert Foundation for 12 years, he conceived of and launched the donor advised fund. He was also instrumental in building the $250mm Community Investment Note with more than $1 billion invested into 300-plus nonprofits and for profits globally.
He co-founded and serves as Managing Partner for Good Capital that, in addition to its flagship Social Enterprise Expansion Fund LP, founded the 2,500-person annual Social Capital Markets (SOCAP) conferences in San Francisco and four Impact Hubs in the US; co-working, meeting and community space serving approximately 2,000 social innovators.
Tim is a sought-out industry speaker and regularly featured and quoted in media such as ThinkAdvisor and WealthManagement and has appeared on TheStreet and Forbes. He received a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from the University of San Francisco. Tim and his wife, Julie, live in San Francisco with their sons, Milo and Gus.
Matan Friedman, Chief Investment Officer & Co-Founder, Generate Capital
Matan Friedman is the Chief Investment Officer and Co-Founder of Generate Capital. Matan has also served as a Managing Director and Co-Founder of Resource Efficiency Finance. Resource Efficiency Finance is an investment company that provides financing for equipment and infrastructure projects which enable the more efficient use of natural resources. Generate Capital and Resource Efficiency Finance reflect Matan’s focus on investing in assets with a resource productivity benefit and long time-horizons. Before focusing on distributed infrastructure project finance, Matan invested in innovation across cleantech sectors with venture capital roles at Bessemer Venture Partners and Israel Cleantech Ventures. Earlier in his career, Matan was a consultant with McKinsey & Company and an officer with the Israel Defense Forces. Matan holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BSc in Industrial Engineering from Tel Aviv University.
DEBORAH FRIEZE, Co-founder and Board Chair, BOSTON IMPACT INITIATIVE
Deborah Frieze is founding partner of the Boston Impact Initiative, an impact investing fund focused on economic justice, which means investing in opportunity for all people—especially those most oppressed or abandoned by our current economic system—to lead a dignified and productive life. The fund takes an integrated capital approach, combining investing, lending and giving to build a resilient and inclusive local economy. Deborah is co-author of Walk Out Walk On, an award-winning book that profiles pioneering leaders who walked out of organizations failing to contribute to the common good—and walked on to build resilient communities. She is also founder of the Old Oak Dojo, an urban learning center in Boston, MA.
IVAN FRISHBERG, VICE PRESIDENT, SUSTAINABLE BANKING, AMALGAMATED BANK
Ivan Frishberg joined Amalgamated Bank in 2016 to launch a new Sustainability Banking division within the bank. Ivan works across the bank on a range of banking, investment and lending products designed to serve sustainability goals and the goals of our clients in the areas of energy, climate and the environment. He has also played a central role in managing climate policy and shareholder engagement efforts for the bank. Prior to joining Amalgamated Bank, Ivan has more than 25 years of advocacy, organizing and policy experience. Most recently, Ivan served as a campaign manager and Senior Advisor on Climate Change for Organizing for Action, directed the State Climate Hub – facilitating coordination of state level efforts to implement the Clean Power Plan, and worked with the Climate Briefing Service on the intersection of US Climate Advocacy and international climate negotiations.