John Balbach, Associate Director, Impact Investments, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
John Balbach is an Associate Director, Impact Investments with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, where he also is a member of the Climate Solutions initiative. Prior to MacArthur, Balbach served on a National Science Foundation commercialization review committee, managed and raised capital for an Impact Investing Fund focused on developing the Michigan life sciences sector, advised corporations on infusing cleantech solutions into their supply chains, provided consulting services to leading nonprofit organizations with the Nonprofit Finance Fund, served as a strategic advisor to hundreds of founders of technology-based startup ventures through a Michigan economic development program, and helped to establish Silicon Valley Bank in the Seattle market. Balbach holds a B.S in Finance from Miami (Ohio) University, an M.A. from St. John’s College, and an M.P.A. from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Patrick Briaud, Philanthropic Advisor, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Patrick leads RPA's Social Finance Practice, focused on impact investing and market-based approaches. He helps individuals, foundations and corporations use a range of assets to achieve their social impact goals. His areas of expertise include Program Related Investments, Monitoring & Evaluation, Financial Inclusion, Faith-Based Strategies, and the Sustainable Development Goals. Patrick led the creation of two impact investing guides commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Introduction // Strategy & Action) and frequently speaks at industry events.
Prior to RPA, Patrick was head trader and investment analyst of Lee Financial’s $900M portfolio. As a professional tennis player, he earned a world doubles ranking of 125 and played in Wimbledon 2008.
Patrick has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from Yale’s School of Management. He serves on the boards of Briaud Financial Advisors, LearnPhilanthropy and the Rivendell Institute at Yale. Outside of work, Patrick can be found wrestling with his two nephews, discussing the implications of different worldviews and dancing the Texas two-step.
Rebekah Saul Butler, Co-Executive Director, Grove Foundation
Rebekah Saul Butler is Co-Executive Director of the Grove Foundation, where she leads the Foundation’s transition to mission aligned investing, co-manages operations, and directs the Foundation’s environment grantmaking. Prior to her work at the Foundation, she was a healthcare-focused strategy and operations consultant with Deloitte Consulting. She spent the beginning of her career as a policy associate at The Guttmacher Institute, where she was managing editor of the Guttmacher Report and spearheaded policy analysis on a range of subjects. Rebekah has served as chair of Funders for Reproductive Equity, on the steering committee of the Bay Area Workforce Funders Collaborative, and as an adolescent health expert on panels for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She earned an AB in Sociology and Spanish from Stanford University and an MBA and MPH from UC Berkeley, where she helped launch the Global Social Venture Competition. She is also Managing Director of the Grove Action Fund.
Catherine Covington, Managing Director, MCE Social Capital
Catherine joined MCE Social Capital as a Managing Director in September 2017 where she focuses on engaging and growing MCE’s community of philanthropic Guarantors and investors. She has spent most of her career in the fields of philanthropy and impact investing, most recently as Senior Manager, Client Engagement at RSF Social Finance. During her six years at RSF, she managed their donor advised fund program, played a lead role in investor cultivation and stewardship, managed and grew RSF’s pooled PRI fund program, and led a successful fundraising campaign for an initiative focused on deploying multiple forms of capital in support of sustainable food systems.
Earlier in her career, she worked with and advised public charities, private foundations and philanthropists while at the Tides Foundation, SunTrust Bank, and the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation. She received her B.S. in Business from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).