Our Mission

ImpactAlpha is redefining business journalism around social and environmental value. We work to enable a more just, equitable and sustainable world.

We expose, inform, narrate and critique the impact investment space, while fostering a growing community of agents of impact.

About ImpactAlpha

ImpactAlpha is a subscription-based, multi-channel digital media platform that is redefining business journalism around social and environmental value. Our audience and our beat are “Agents of Impact” working in impact investing, sustainable finance, ESG and entrepreneurship to accelerate a more just, equitable and sustainable world. In this growing marketplace, we are both trusted insiders and skeptical outsiders. We identify solutions worth scaling and balloons that need popping. Our audience includes asset owners (institutional and individual), asset and fund managers, foundations, advisors (including accountants, lawyers, consultants as well as finance), entrepreneurs and advocates.

ImpactAlpha’s daily email newsletter, The Brief, is seen by more than 70,000 professionals and influencers globally. ImpactAlpha.com features both our real-time newsfeed and other subscriber benefits. Monthly (or more frequent) Agents of Impact (video) calls feature leading voices in the impact investing space. Our four podcast feeds including the weekly Impact Briefing, as well as Agents of Impact interviews and our Returns on Investment roundtables. We maintain active social media feeds across Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram, and host multiple subscriber-only Slack channels. Our open database, ImpactSpace, includes profiles on more than 10,000 impact ventures, funds and deals.

Meet the Team

Monique Aiken

Contributing Editor

Monique co-hosts ImpactAlpha’s Weekly Briefing podcast. She is passionate about social change and positive impact after 15 years in investment banking, where she developed her understanding of the capital markets. She is vice president of programs at Mission Investors Exchange, a peer-learning network for members seeking to deepen their practice of impact investing.  Previously, Monique was a director at Tideline, the impact investing strategy consulting firm, where she focused on client and project management and business development. She served as project manager at the Clinton Foundation for No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, a women’s empowerment initiative led by Secretary Clinton, and business development manager for the Clinton Global Initiative. As a vice president in Deutsche Bank’s Commodity Derivatives Sales group, she managed client relationships with oil and gas (E&P), utility, and consumer products companies.

David Bank

Editor and CEO

David co-founded ImpactAlpha to cover impact investing as a serious beat in the expectation it would become one – and it has. A veteran journalist, he has spotted big trends at The Wall Street Journal (and before that, the San Jose Mercury News and other newspapers), breaking stories on technology, social innovation and finance. Harvard Business Review and Amazon.com called “Breaking Windows,” his book on Microsoft, one of the ‘best business books of the year.’ As a foreign correspondent, David reported from Asia and Latin America. His articles have appeared in Wired, Mother Jones, Newsweek, The Atlantic, Out, Stanford Social Innovation Review and other publications. As vice president of Encore.org, he helped establish encore careers as a new stage of work centered on social purpose. A 1996 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, David has an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University and a B.A. in politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He has weathered the pandemic with a frenzy of mountain biking and some epic water balloon fights with his husband and son in their Berkeley backyard.

Zuleyma Bebell

Co-Founder and Director of Operations

Zuleyma manages ImpactAlpha’s business development and strategic partnerships, providing curated products and services to serve the growing impact investment industry. She launched ImpactSpace, ImpactAlpha’s open-data database of enterprises and investments. She has a master’s degree in Investment and Development from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida. Zuleyma  is fluent in Spanish and Arabic and worked as an analyst for UNDP in Amman, Jordan. Zuleyma’s guilty pleasure is watching reality TV shows. She lives in sunny Encinitas, Calif., with her husband and two young boys.

Cesar Chavez

Marketing Consultant

Cesar spent more than 20 years in broadcast television as a manager and producer, with an emphasis on news marketing, at WGN-TV, CBS Chicago, KTVU-TV and, most recently, KPIX-TV in San Francisco. His media career began as an editor at Test Positive Aware, a Chicago-based nonprofit. He most enjoys creating compelling content focused on social justice and inclusion. He earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a B.A. from Wofford College. Cesar grew up in Spartanburg, S.C. where he was raised on good Southern cooking and anticuchos and ceviche from his parents’ native Peru. He lives in Berkeley, Calif., with his husband and son.

Amy Cortese

Senior Editor

Amy brings to ImpactAlpha deep journalistic experience as well as vital perspective on bottom-up, grassroots finance. She is the author of “Locavesting,” a pivotal book that identified the investment shift toward locally owned enterprises that can deliver enormous economic and social benefits. Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz called it ‘an inspiring look at what local businesses can achieve.’ She is also cofounder of investibule.co, an aggregation platform for crowdfunded investments. Amy was an editor at Business Week covering technology and a longtime contributor to The New York Times. She has also covered food, wine and travel – at least two of which she continues to enjoy during the pandemic. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. with her partner Robert.

Beth deBeer

Director of Partnerships and Business Development

Beth manages sponsorships and helps develop partnerships for ImpactAlpha. Her passion for finding innovative solutions towards social change led her on the path of impact investing and she enjoys connecting the dots between people and ideas. She is the founder of iImpact Consulting Network LLC. Beth is fluent in Hebrew and holds a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and a B.A. in Organizational Studies from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She lives in Tel Aviv.

Dmitriy Fotiyev

Contributing Editor

Dmitry is experienced in evaluating and investing in SMEs across “base of pyramid” sectors such as food, financial inclusion, renewable energy, education and healthcare. Dmitry is a Partner at Brightmore Capital, where he focuses on filling the financing gap for small- and medium-sized enterprises, or SMEs in fast-growing economies. Previously, he worked at The Carlyle Group, managing vehicles across global markets. He has also worked as a consultant at Accenture, advising clients on corporate strategy and operations management. Dmitry received degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics, both cum laude, from University of Maryland, College Park and dual MBA degrees with distinction from London Business School and Columbia Business School, where he was a Private Equity Fellow. His deep knowledge of impact investing is complemented by “boots on the ground” experience developing innovative financing tools to support SMEs. Dmitry is based in Dakar, Senegal.

R. Todd Johnson

Board Member

Todd is the founder and CEO of iPAR, an impact reporting and data analytics platform facilitating transparency for capital deployed to encourage human flourishing. Previously, during nearly 30 years at Jones Day, Todd founded the firm’s Northern California presence, led its Silicon Valley office and founded and served as global head for Jones Day’s Renewable Energy and Sustainability practice, where he advised and represented companies, funds, family offices, multi-family offices and nonprofits focused on renewable energy, sustainability, and those using “for-benefit” models to help the planet and people flourish.

Lyneka Little

Social Media Strategist

Lyneka is social media strategist, writer and founder of Apres Josephine. She has served as consultant for multiple brands including Black Heirlooms and Platform.org, a diversity conference sponsored by the MIT Media Lab and Google. In addition to her strategic work, Lyneka has written for publications including WSJ and Entrepeneur.com. A former news assistant to wine columnists, she took her knack for bringing people together and married it with her former bosses’ wildly popular annual event, OTBN, hosting events from Paris to New York. A struggling French student, and recreational bike rider, she loves actively learning how people are utilizing – social and monetary to change the world. She loves helping people find their voice and forcing them to share their stories.

Jessica Pothering

Senior Editor

Jessica started her career in financial journalism on the fateful day in 2008 that Lehman Brothers collapsed. She took that as a signal that legacy finance’s days were numbered; she has been on the impact investing beat since 2012. She loves getting into the weeds of new and wonky financial structures and impact tech, and meeting the creative minds behind them. She manages ImpactAlpha’s daily Dealflow news and emerging markets coverage, meaning she knows far too much about poop charcoal and anaerobic digestion. Jessica is a native Charlestonian, and a Baltimorean and Amsterdammer by choice. She has survived the pandemic by wandering Amsterdam on her bike and Google’s “Street View” online, daydreaming about the return of travel.

Dennis Price

Editorial Director and VP, Strategy

Dennis leads content direction at ImpactAlpha and helps shape and drive business development and subscription growth. He has focused his career at the intersection of markets and global development. Prior to ImpactAlpha, Dennis co-founded 118 Capital and worked with the Media Development Investment Fund and the Global Impact Investing Network. He began his career as an institutional fundraiser for the national headquarters of Big Brothers Big Sisters and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Armenia. Dennis is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and Boston College. He grew up in New Jersey and lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and three small children.

Imogen Rose-Smith

Contributing Editor

Imogen is a roundtable member of ImpactAlpha’s Returns on Investment podcast. She is the co-founder of Combinate Capital, a financial services firm focused on diversity, equity and inclusion. She serves as an advisor to investment managers and asset owners on sustainable investments, business development and communications. Imogen is also an affiliate partner of IoTask, a Boston-based management consulting company focused on technology and innovation. From 2017-2019, she was a fellow of the Office of the Chief Investment Officer, University of California Regents. Imogen has worked as a journalist for more than 15 years, covering institutional asset management for Institutional Investor and other publications. She earned an M.A. in American Studies from Columbia University and a B.A. from the University of East Anglia, England

Roodgally Senatus

Reporter

Roody is a New York-based reporter-producer for ImpactAlpha’s editorial team. Before joining ImpactAlpha, he served as the property markets reporter and later senior reporter for Real Estate Fund Intelligence. During his time at REFI, Roodgally covered the top 100 largest global private equity real estate asset managers, primarily institutional capital allocation to their funds and investments. He was also a writer and digital producer intern for ImpactAlpha out of journalism school. Roodgally has a B.A. in Journalism & Communications from Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. During his free time, he teaches and mentors teenagers to help them get ready for college and internships. Roody also loves going to the gym.

Isaac Silk

Podcast Producer

Isaac is a podcast editor and producer, composer, writer and climate organizer. He attended Wesleyan University where he received the Leavell Memorial Prize for undergraduate scholarship in their highly regarded music department, where he studied ethnomusicology, sound design, and composition. He has produced radio pieces for KQED and KALW in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has embedded with activists fighting mountaintop removal mining in West Virginia. He ran the Bay Area communications team Sunrise Movement, and serves on the advisory board for 350 Bay Area. Other podcasts he edits include Loam Listen, Gratitribe, Green and Red, Listen for a Change, and Sunrise Bay Radio. To listen to all of these shows, head over to isaacsilk.com.

Brian Walsh

Senior Advisor

Brian co-hosts ImpactAlpha’s Weekly Briefing and contributes to the Returns on Investment podcast. As head of Impact at Liquidnet, a New York-based global fin tech company, Brian works at the intersection of finance and social good. He works to apply Liquidnet’s core strengths – using technology to improve the capital markets – to both philanthropy and impact investing. Brian also oversees opportunities for Liquidnet employees to make a meaningful impact, both in the local communities where they work and live, and through a unique partnership with the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) in Rwanda, an innovative nonprofit that empowers orphaned and vulnerable Rwandan youth to build lives of dignity and contribute to a better world.

Five ways to connect with ImpactAlpha: Subscribe to ImpactAlpha. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Dig into ImpactSpace. Subscribe to the Returns on Investment podcast: iTunes, Stitcher, and SoundCloud. Join our Slack channel (subscribers only).