Usman is an Investment Analyst at Mobius Capital Partners and leads the firm's ESG efforts, working closely with portfolio companies across emerging and frontier markets. He joined the firm after consulting on sustainable investing for East Capital in Stockholm, Degroof Petercam Asset Management in Brussels, and for a single-family office in London. He previously worked as an Investment Analyst at Caravel Management on a concentrated emerging and frontier markets sustainability fund (now part of Goldman Sachs Asset Management). Usman graduated from the University of Hull with a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He has published on ESG investing in emerging and frontier market equities for the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Routledge, and the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). He serves on the ESG Working Group for the Emerging Markets Investors Alliance.
Hendrix Berry is an investment advisor and community organizer at the intersection of wealth and regenerative economics. As an advisor/analyst at Balanced Rock, Hendrix and her team run an impact investing strategy for accredited and nonaccredited clients, advancing impact regardless of net worth. Hendrix is a founding organizer with the Boston Ujima Project, which in 2018 launched the first democratic investment fund in the country, aimed at returning wealth to working class communities of color.
Kacie Brennell believes business is a tool for social good. As part of the team at Mission Edge, she helps social enterprise founders design new earned revenue streams to build sustainable businesses. With a knack for clarity, she helps founders cut through the noise and get focused so they can more effectively achieve their mission and produce results.
Suzanna is an ecologist on Wall St. She attempts to bring a systemic perspective to the financial community to spur a transition to sustainable mindsets. She leads Domini’s efforts to incorporate systems thinking into its operations to better identify and mitigate the root causes of sustainability challenges. This work involves shifting investors’ perspectives about their responsibility and need to be stewards of the systems that underlie their portfolio value. She co-wrote and led the launch for the report on the first phase of this work at Domini, which had spanned research, engagement, and communications efforts. Now she leads the second phase, delving deeply into the dynamics that have caused deforestation to persist, and developing new tactics for investors to engage with key actors. Previously, she worked in environmental law in Boston, Chicago, and Buenos Aires.
Shaheen Contractor is an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Research Associate for Bloomberg Intelligence, a platform that provides research on industries, companies, government, litigation and the economy, available on the Bloomberg Professional Services at BI<GO>. Her research efforts include analyzing material ESG risks and opportunities, the impacts from a low carbon transition, ESG fund analysis and company performance on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Ms. Contractor has a Master of Science degree in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree from Symbiosis International University.
As a Manager on Sustainalytics’ Client Relations team, Trevor leads client relationships, supporting asset managers and asset owners to integrate Sustainalytics’ ESG research in their investment strategies and create sustainable fund products. Trevor is a regular blog contributor and volunteers with Oikocredit. Prior to joining Sustainalytics, Trevor held sustainability-focused roles in the public and private sector. Trevor is a CFA Charterholder, and is a recipient of Canada's Clean 50 - 2019 Emerging Leader award.
Elizabeth is a Senior Institutional Relationship Associate at Domini Impact Investments. She leads the firm’s institutional client relationships team and serves as its primary point of contact for all financial professionals. Whether working with an existing client already familiar with our field or with a prospective client new to it entirely, Elizabeth is always eager to extol the advantages impact investing can have on our portfolios, planet and society. She strives to keep her finger on the pulse of the ever-evolving trends within our growing industry, so that Domini can continue to best serve the needs of its institutional clients and push the field forward. Elizabeth holds a Scottish Master of Arts (Honours) in International Relations from The University of St Andrews.
Katherine joined Brown Advisory in 2018 as a Sustainable Investing Analyst focusing on ESG research and sustainable business development, where she works closely with Brown Advisory’s head of Sustainable Investing and co-portfolio manager of Large Cap Sustainable Growth, Karina Funk. Katherine is the co-lead of the Boston chapter of Women Investing for a Sustainable Economy (WISE), a global community of women contributing to the ESG* investment industry with the purpose of connecting, deepening relationships, learning and sharing expertise. She enjoys helping to coordinate Invest in Girls, a program aimed at promoting financial literacy among underserved young women, at the Boston office of Brown Advisory. In her free time, she volunteers as a yoga teacher for low income communities. Prior to joining Brown Advisory, Katherine was a shareholder advocate at Green Century Capital Management.
Sindhu Lakshmanan is a Senior Investment Associate at Living Cities. In her role she sources, underwrites and manages investments that seek to create economic security for people of color and leads Living Cities’ Pay for Success work. Prior to Living Cities, Sindhu worked at The Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program and was a Teach for America- Detroit corps member. Sindhu holds a MPP from Georgetown University and a BA in Political Science and Psychology from NYU.
Hannah Lucal (she/her) has spent her twenties working alongside advocates, digital campaigners, educators and investors to hold institutions to higher standards for social justice. She joined Open MIC as associate director in 2016. In this role, she engages tech investors in corporate accountability campaigns to disrupt tech industry practices that enable surveillance, discrimination, and the spread of toxic ideology online. In addition, Hannah is a trainer with the Center for Racial Justice in Education, The Human Root and the CARLE Institute, where she works to support educators in building learning environments rooted in equity and racial justice. Previously, she worked on media justice campaigns at Color of Change and was a 2013 Coro Fellow. She lives in New York City.
Gabriel Malek is a senior at Yale University, where, for the past three years, he has led the Dwight Hall Socially Responsible Investment (DHSRI) Fund. As Co-Chair of the DHSRI Board, Gabriel has managed a $160,000 ESG-screened endowment, overseen student-led shareholder engagement campaigns with ExxonMobil and Merck, and helped New Haven landlords finance solar panel installation on Section 8 housing.
He has enhanced his knowledge of climate finance through internships with the Environmental Defense Fund's Sustainable Finance team and the New York City Mayor's Office's Climate Policy team, researching municipal green bonds and public pension investment in climate solutions. In July 2018, Gabriel launched the Student Conference for Corporate Responsibility (SCCR), an initiative designed to teach undergraduate investors and activists how finance can be used to hold companies to higher environmental, social, and governance standards. The SCCR held its first event in April 2019, featuring 52 students from 21 universities and 15 speakers with backgrounds in ESG investing, corporate law, and climate science.
After graduating, Gabriel hopes to forge a career at the intersection of public policy and finance, helping municipal governments and eco-conscious investors work together to promote climate change adaptation and mitigation in cities.
Sean Martin is a key member of the business development team at ISS ESG, the responsible investment arm of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) Inc. He is responsible for facilitating institutional investor understanding of the depth and breadth of ISS ESG’s cutting-edge solutions. Prior to joining ISS, Sean served as Sustainability Analyst at Corporate Eco Forum where he advised on best practices in corporate sustainability for chief sustainability officers at Fortune 500 companies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Law and Sustainability from Arizona State University and a Master of Science in Environmental Economics and Policy from Lund University in Sweden.
Matthew is a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley. He focuses on the firm’s impact-oriented solutions and works with organizations and individuals to better align their portfolios with their mission and values, while helping them achieve their financial goals.
Matthew began his career at the non-profit, B Lab, where he co-led a global team responsible for impact measurement for the B Corp certification. An outdoors enthusiast, Matthew volunteers on the Board of two conservation non-profits.
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Jenna Nicholas is the CEO of Impact Experience which builds bridges between impact investors, philanthropists, innovators, and leaders of marginalized communities — linking vision with action and directing investment to the most vulnerable communities. Jenna is also President of Phoenix Global Impact, a firm that specializes in impact investing, social entrepreneurship and strategic philanthropy. Through her firm, she managed Divest-Invest Philanthropy, a coalition of foundations divesting from investments in fossil fuels and reinvesting in new economy solutions. Jenna has also worked with the World Bank Treasury and with Toniic, where she supported an impact investing community. She is a graduate of Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA, a PD Soros Fellow for New Americans, recipient of the Stanford Social Innovation Fellowship and an Echoing Green Fellow. Jenna has also been selected as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and Forbes 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneur. She is an active member of the Bahá'í Faith.
Sophie Peeters is part of the Funding & Investor Relations team of IFC (World Bank Group), based in Washington, DC where she is responsible for maintaining the relationship with investors in IFC’s $17 billion annual funding program and promoting green and social bonds. Ms. Peeters is one of the leading authors of IFC’s annual Green and Social Bond Impact Reports. She holds a MSc degree in Finance and BSc degree in International Business Administration from Tilburg University in the Netherlands.
Ebony Perkins is a dedicated, solution-oriented social entrepreneur whose heartbeat is community. As a champion for giving, she has a demonstrated ability of working with investors and donors to help them make smart and strategic decisions. As the Manager, Investor & Community Relations at Self-Help Credit Union, Ebony helps groups and individuals invest funds in a mission-aligned institution that supports communities of all kinds, especially those underserved by conventional lenders. Ebony holds an Executive Certificate in Financial Planning from Duke University, Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Science from Claflin University.
Nicole Torrico is a Program Manager at the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN). As Program Manager, Nicole leads the coordination and development of the SIILK Network (IEN's student and faculty focused work), manages working groups on key topics including clean energy and gender lens investing, and contributes to writing reports and researching topics related to SRI and ESG investing at college and university endowments.
Prior to IEN, Nicole worked in the Sustainability Office at Green Mountain College, holding positions including Sustainability Office Manager and Interim Director of Sustainability. In these positions, she supported the development and execution of campus-wide strategic sustainability initiatives, including renewable energy procurement, waste diversion, student education, and sustainable investing through the endowment.
Nicole graduated Magna Cum Laude from Green Mountain College with a B.A. in Institutional Sustainability and Economic Policy, as well as a B.A. in Renewable Energy and Ecological Design.
Jessye Waxman is a lifelong environmental advocate. She currently works as a Shareholder Advocate at Green Century Capital Management coordinating the company’s forest protection work. She focuses on directly pressing companies and financial institutions to adopt more sustainable and environmentally responsible policies and practices around issues of deforestation. Outside of work, Jessye is deeply engaged in mobilizing young people to press for increased action on the climate crisis. Prior to joining Green Century, Jessye worked as a research associate at several non-profits where her research focused on environmental law, policy, and environmental security, and subsequently worked as an organizer on a sustainable agriculture campaign. She holds a BA in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Duke University.
Katheryn Witt is the Director of Funder Education at BALLE where she uses her experience in impact investing, philanthropy, and program development to deliver collaborative and bespoke funder learning initiatives. She has worked with dozens of foundations to shift their institutional capital to shift power, voice, and ownership to historically marginalized communities. Katheryn holds degrees in Political Science and International Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.