Jan Mercer Dahms is the chief executive officer of The SRI Conference and Community (SRIC). Ms. Dahms brings over 20 years of diverse experience in community building, brand engagement, business development, start-up and high-growth technology, and operational finance.
Ms. Dahms is also the founder of 6-Figures Network For Accomplished Women, a New York City-based business development and social experiential ecosystem for highly accomplished female corporate executives, business owners, and entrepreneurs. Additionally, she founded SWIG (Sealed With Intentional Goodness), a brand experience, organizational development, and client relations consultancy. Under the SWIG brand, Ms. Dahms worked with a diverse clientele including professional services, scaling technology, retail, financial services, and insurance companies.
Before launching her own agency, Ms. Dahms served in C-Suite and senior management roles for innovation-driven companies and mission-based organizations. She served as managing director for Plum Alley, a technology company dedicated to advancing access to capital for female-founded and gender-diverse companies; as CFO of International Planned Parenthood; as vice president of accounting and controls at Teach For America; and as a director at Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation.
In addition to producing live events for the 6-Figures community, Ms. Dahms speaks publicly on topics ranging from access to capital, community building and engagement, and diversity in leadership. She served on all seven nomination committees for SmartCEO magazine’s annual award series, which celebrate executives, business owners, and high growth companies committed to diversity, inclusion, and sustainability. In 2016, she was named to WeWork’s Top 40 Over 40 Entrepreneurs.
Steven Wallman is founder and CEO of, Folio Financial, Inc. (formerly FOLIOfn, Inc.), the parent company of The SRI Conference and Community, Folio Investing, Folio Institutional, and VIA Folio. Together, these Folio brands deliver innovation that benefits investors and those who serve them.
In 2016, FOLIOfn, Inc. (now Folio Financial) acquired First Affirmative and The SRI Conference as part of the company’s ongoing mission to transform the way people invest for the better. Folio Financial’s commitment to SRI greatly widens the scope of possibilities for responsible investors with new technology, tools, and investment opportunities, including private impact investing. In 2017, Mr. Wallman established The SRI Conference and Community to help grow the SRI ecosystem even further, by including all those who have a stake in a healthy, safe, equitable, and prosperous future, and by providing a forum for year-round collaboration and communication.
Mr. Wallman is currently a member of the FINRA FinTech Committee and recently served on the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee, where he chaired the market structure subcommittee. Before founding Folio, Mr. Wallman was an SEC Commissioner from 1994 to 1997. His tenure there was characterized by advocacy on behalf of individual investors. Previously, he was a partner at the law firm of Covington & Burling. He holds his Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University, and two degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
George R. Gay is chief executive officer of First Affirmative and chairs the First Affirmative Investment Committee. Mr. Gay has produced and hosted The SRI Conference since 1990, and has served on the board of directors of the Social Investment Forum for more than a dozen years. He was the recipient of the industry's 1997 "SRI Service Award." George joined the company that was to become First Affirmative Financial Network as a financial planner in November 1986. He assumed the position of chief operating officer in 1989 and managed the sale of the company to Walnut Street Securities, Inc., in 1995. He became CEO of the newly independent First Affirmative Financial Network, LLC on July 1, 1999. Mr. Gay is a 1974 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point; he served on active duty for nine years in various command, staff and faculty assignments as an Armor officer.
Greg Vigrass is president of Folio Institutional. He joined the company in 2003, and oversees all corporate sales and business development activities with financial advisors, money managers, mutual fund companies and other financial institutions. He is a noted expert on digital advisory services, SRI industry perspectives, brokerage technology, and risk mitigation.
Mr. Vigrass previously served as vice president, sales and marketing for GlobeNet Capital Corp. Prior to that he worked for 10 years at Charles Schwab & Co. Inc., spending significant time in senior level institutional sales and service roles at Schwab Institutional. He holds a BA from the University of Hawaii, and has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry.
Amy Thacker is the chief operating officer for First Affirmative where she is responsible for driving its day-to-day business operations and providing leadership to ensure successful execution of the business strategy. She holds the Series 7, 6 and 63 (Registered Representative) licenses, and is a certified Six Sigma yellow belt. Amy joined First Affirmative in March of 2018.
Before coming to First Affirmative, Ms. Thacker spent 19 years at T. Rowe Price, where she most recently served as a Vice President in Retirement Plan Services. During her time at T. Rowe Price, Ms. Thacker worked on the successful administration of 401(k) plans that included both front and back office responsibilities. Most recently Ms. Thacker was responsible for directing a strategic project team focused on transforming the business model, recordkeeping platform, and ancillary applications.
Ms. Thacker has a B.S. in Nutrition from the University of Northern Colorado and a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Regis University.
Adam O’Brien is the Conference Coordinator for the SRI Conference and Community, LLC, a cutting-edge leader of SRI/ESG investment education and implementation. He is an avid outdoorsman, Eagle Scout and remains passionate about environmental and sustainable education. Prior to his role on the conference production team, Adam spent four years studying finance, marine & environmental science at Coastal Carolina University and worked in operations at Foliofn, Inc. the parent company of the SRI Conference and Community.
Cherith Harrison is marketing manager for The SRI Conference and Community. Ms. Harrison brings over 30 years of financial services marketing and communications experience to this role, including seven years in the SRI field with ImpactUs Marketplace and Calvert Investments. Prior to that, she owned her own financial communications consultancy, and earlier held roles at Diversified Investment Advisors, Oppenheimer Funds, Dreyfus, and Merrill Lynch. She is the author of the book: Total Wealth Management, and her work has also appeared in More, Mergers & Acquisitions, Employee Benefit Review, Atlanta Woman, and other publications. She holds a B.A. in economics from Michigan State University.
Kelly Spriggs is senior UX/UI designer with The SRI Conference and Community. Her passion for user advocacy has been paramount in her ability to create products and experiences that engage and delight users. Prior to joining The SRI Conference and Community, she worked at Goldman Sachs on company- wide initiatives to improve transparency and mitigate risk in the trading process. From Goldman, she began her own product development consultancy where she designs user-centered products for clients across the finance, health, media, and entertainment industries. Ms. Spriggs holds her MBA with concentrations in finance and entrepreneurship from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and her BFA in industrial design from Carnegie Mellon University.
Elizabeth Anthony is President and CEO of E. Anthony Meetings & Events, Inc. She founded her full service meeting and event management company in 1985. Ms. Anthony has been the meeting manager for The SRI Conference since 2008. She collaborates with the other SRI Conference organizers on strategic objectives and executes a plan to deliver a conference that lives up to her unwavering standards of excellence. Her attention to detail in all aspects, including dietary concerns and overall attendee experience, makes The SRI Conference one guests will want to attend year after year. Ms. Anthony has a genuine passion for sustainability and social responsibility which she incorporates into all of her meetings.
The SRI Conference agenda is designed by a volunteer group of SRI industry professionals. We are most grateful for their service in helping us to create a timely and topical program that is meaningful and joyous for all who participate.
Joshua Brockwell is communications director at Azzad Asset Management. He joined Azzad in 2013 and is responsible for public relations and strategic marketing campaigns for high-net-worth clients, registered investment advisers, third-party professionals, institutions, and individual retail clients. Prior to Azzad, Joshua worked with T. Rowe Price and Homestead Funds, a boutique cooperative mutual fund company. Joshua is a public speaker and educator, offering seminars across the country on ethical investing. In 2002, he received a Fulbright Fellowship to work in Dijon, France, where he taught in the fields of marketing and business.
Danielle M. Burns is vice president of sales and marketing for First Affirmative Financial Network, LLC, and works with a highly collaborative team that is responsible for the growth and profitability of the firm’s distribution channels. Danielle participates in all aspects of the sales and marketing process and helps advisors understand how to maximize the value of working with First Affirmative. Her background emphasizes technology training and practice management development for financial advisors.
Danielle serves on the board of Green America, a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1982, whose mission is to harness economic power to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. Danielle began her financial services career in 1994 at the Wachovia Corporation where she worked for both Wachovia Bank and Wachovia Securities performing a variety of management duties over her nine-year tenure. Prior to joining First Affirmative she worked for a community bank where she provided marketing, sales, and service support. Danielle also worked with her mother to develop a non-profit youth services organization called Think Big Productions, Inc., located in Clearwater, Florida. Think Big’s primary mission is to develop and channel young artistic talent in the community. Danielle holds an MBA with an emphasis in marketing.
Mackenzie Colgan is director of business development at Work Capital. Previously, she was regional director of distribution at ImpactAssets. Mackenzie’s earlier experience encompasses emerging markets, the asset management industry, and the nonprofit sector. She served as a Nairobi, Kenya-based portfolio associate at the Acumen Fund, sourcing private debt and equity impact investments in the healthcare sector. Prior to this, she was at New York Life/MainStay Investments, and in development and marketing roles at the Clinton Climate and Health Access Initiatives.
Bennett Freeman currently serves as board secretary of the Global Network Initiative (GNI), a multi-stakeholder initiative promoting greater corporate transparency and accountability around internet surveillance and censorship. He also is chair of the advisory board of Global Witness, the London-based NGO focused on diminishing corruption and conflict in connection with natural resources. Prior to these roles, Bennett was senior vice president of sustainability research and policy at Calvert Investments, where he led the firm's ESG research and analysis, as well as its shareholder advocacy and public policy initiatives. Bennett was previously a Clinton presidential appointee to three positions at the State Department.
Karina Funk is a portfolio manager and equity research analyst at Brown Advisory, LLC. Karina joined the firm in 2009 and is responsible for managing its large-cap sustainable growth strategy. Prior to that, she was a portfolio manager and equity research analyst at Winslow Management Company, LLC, a principal at Charles River Ventures, an investment manager with Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, and a strategy consultant at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. She has extensive experience as an investment manager, strategy consultant, and engineer, along with environmentally-oriented investing experience in early-stage ventures, debt, and public equities.
Jon Hale is head of sustainable investing research for Morningstar where he directs the company’s research initiatives. Jon led the launch of the Morningstar Sustainability Rating™ program for mutual funds in 2016.
Prior to his current role, Jon was Morningstar’s director of manager research, North America, where he led approximately 60 manager research analysts, overseeing the team’s operations and manager research coverage across asset classes.
Jon first joined Morningstar in 1995 as a mutual fund analyst and helped launch the institutional investment consulting business for the firm in 1998. He left the company in 1999 to work for Domini Social Investments, LLC, before rejoining Morningstar as a senior investment consultant in 2001. He became managing consultant in 2009 and head of the investment advisory unit in 2014. Hale holds a bachelor’s degree, with honors, from the University of Oklahoma and a doctorate in political science from Indiana University.
Bob Helmuth is vice president, business development for Impax Asset Management LLC and Pax World Funds. In this role, he works with financial advisors across the nation who specialize in sustainable investing. He is also a member of the firm’s corporate social responsibility committee.
Mr. Helmuth currently serves on the board of directors for the Impact Hub Academy, and is a former founding board member of CORE Colorado, a sustainable trade association. He is a member of the SRI Conference’s agenda committee and serves on the membership committee of US SIF.
Mr. Helmuth holds his M.S. in public communication from Boston University and a B.A. from Colgate University.
Vivienne is the founder of LENDonate which is working to create a new ecosystem for nonprofit finances. LENDonate is the culmination of Vivienne’s 20+ years of experience as an investment professional and seasoned nonprofit fundraiser.
Prior to becoming a social entrepreneur, Vivienne was senior vice president at U.S. Trust, where she advised clients on a wide range of investments. She served as senior portfolio manager for Charles Schwab Investment Management, where she oversaw its active equity strategies, and was the lead portfolio manager for the Schwab Hedged Equity Fund. Prior to that, she was at American Century Investments where she co-managed mutual funds that totaled more than $10 billion. Rounding out her experience was her role as investment risk consultant at MSCI Barra, and pension actuarial work on retirement plans.
Vivienne’s volunteer fundraising experience includes a one-year position as development director at Women’s Initiative for Self Employment. She has led three successful capital campaigns ($5M+ total) at her church, among other volunteer positions.
She holds her MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, where she also received an undergraduate degree in applied mathematics.
Bruce Kahn has over 25 years of experience in environmental and investment research and management. He is a portfolio manager at Sustainable Insight Capital Management and a lecturer at Columbia University's Earth Institute in the Sustainability Management Program. Previously, Dr. Kahn was a director in Deutsche Bank's Asset Management division acting as an investment strategist. In his work there he conducted high-level analytical research on sustainable investing including clean tech, water, and agricultural-based investment strategies, as well as ESG/SRI strategies. Previously, he managed assets at Smith Barney's Private Wealth Management Group in sustainable investments. Dr. Kahn is a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and a National Science Foundation Fellowship in ecological economics.
Larry Lawrence is executive director, head of ESG products for the private wealth market at MSCI ESG Research. He is responsible for the business strategy across marketing, sales, and product development. Larry also oversees product management of MSCI’s ESG Fund ratings, ESG data, and ESG client-facing platforms, used by institutional investors and private wealth managers.
Larry began his career in Boston almost 18 years ago at KLD, a pioneer in the ESG Investing field. He served as product manager with KLD, RiskMetrics, and MSCI, where he was instrumental in the development of ESG ratings, governance metrics, and ESG controversies product lines, as well as the ESG client-facing platforms.Larry holds his Bachelor’s degree in computer science from Newbury College.
Brianna joined Trillium in 2010 and is a vice president and member of Trillium’s shareholder advocacy team. Brianna’s responsibilities include engaging companies on environmental, social, and governance issues and public policy advocacy. Prior to Trillium, she was a portfolio administrator in trust services at US Bank. Brianna holds her BA in economics from the University of New Hampshire and an ALM in sustainability and environmental management from Harvard University Extension School. She previously served on Bentley University’s Sustainability Advisory Board and was board treasurer of the IGLTA Foundation.
Colin joined Appleseed Capital in 2012 as the director of sales. He is responsible for leading the firm’s institutional sales and marketing efforts, as well as managing the distribution of the firm’s mutual-fund, private-fund, and separately-managed-account strategies. Prior to joining Appleseed, he worked in institutional sales at Principal Financial Group. He began his career at American Express/Ameriprise Financial as an investment advisor. Colin is a co-founder of the Sustainable Investing Symposium conferences and serves on the membership committee of US SIF.
Leslie Samuelrich is president of Green Century Capital Management, where she oversees investment strategies as well as business development, communications, and shareholder advocacy. Prior to joining Green Century in 2012, Ms. Samuelrich served as the chief of staff at Corporate Accountability International and executive director of Green Corps. During her tenure with both of these non-profit organizations, she was responsible for strategic planning, increasing revenue sources, and building strong brand awareness.
Katherine St. Onge is a senior officer on the Foundation’s investor relations team. She is responsible for managing relationships with individual investors, foundations, institutions, and financial advisors to increase their understanding of Calvert Foundation’s impact investing products and services. Prior to the Calvert Foundation, Katherine worked at the Aspen Institute, where she focused on building entrepreneurial and early-stage investment ecosystems in the Middle East and North Africa. She also worked for Louisiana Economic Development, crafting policies and strategies to enhance the state’s economic competitiveness, and for Goldman Sachs, where she managed both equity and fixed-income investment products.
Shila Wattamwar is associate director of advisory services at Sustainalytics. In her role she supports large client relationships and partnerships—both inside and outside of the United States—on ESG matters. Much of her role involves working with clients to help integrate ESG and corporate governance research into their investment processes through a better understanding of their strategy and motivations. Prior to joining Sustainalytics, Ms. Wattamwar worked with institutional investors on providing index and reference data solutions.
Glen Yelton, ESG and impact research analyst, has analytical responsibilities for the Impact strategies on SNW’s investment team. He had a similar role at SNW Asset Management, which joined the OppenheimerFunds family in 2017. Prior to joining SNW, Mr. Yelton managed the ESG research program at IW Financial, oversaw ESG data collection at American Values Investments, and provided competitive intelligence research for numerous Fortune 100 clients.
Shane Yonston is a financial advisor who has focused on SRI for 13 years and is a founding partner at Impact Investors. A CFP® with a master’s degree in financial planning, he focuses on working with high-net-worth clients. In addition, Mr. Yonston passionately directs a team of professionals to improve the overall performance and impact of the firm. Although he commutes often to the Bay Area and has provided financial guidance to investors all over the world, he lives in San Diego, California.