The Reconstruction: The mobilization of Black women and other voters of color is uplifting us all. There was an important history lesson embedded in the confirmation hearings of Attorney General-designate Merrick Garland: The Department of Justice was established in 1870 to enforce the 15th Amendment’s right to vote. In the last few years, the U.S. has learned a corollary lesson: a broad-based popular mobilization is required as well. On the latest episode in ImpactAlpha’s podcast series, The Reconstruction, host Monique Aiken sits down with sociologist and demographer Jessica Barron and her colleague Marion Johnson to discuss how women of color have mobilized to protect and expand the right to vote and become key players in the future of democratic rule. Women of color “are the major players in the game,” Barron tells Aiken. “If we're gonna sit here and play this chess, we need to have these women on board.”
Dealflow: Follow the Money
Mosa Meat closes $85 million to scale lab-grown beef production. The Netherlands-based alternative protein company produces meat from cow cells – without harming the cows. It says it can make 80,000 beef burgers from just one sample. Mosa Meat will use its Series B financing to launch its lab-grown beef in the consumer market and expand production at its headquarters in Maastricht.
Agents of Impact Call Recap
The Call No. 27: Opportunities at the intersection of gender and climate. Follow the women. “Companies with better gender diversity are more likely to establish climate goals, they are more likely to avoid environmental litigation and sanctions from regulatory authorities, they are more likely to avoid fraud, and they are more innovative,” said Pax World Funds’Julie Gorte, who joined hundreds of other Agents of Impact on The Call last week to explore under-tapped opportunities at the intersection of climate and gender-lens investing. “We need the climate investors and the climate business actors to up their game on gender as much as we need the gender actors to up the game on climate,” said GenderSmart’sSuzanne Biegel.
Agents of Impact: Follow the Talent
Carbon Removal Advocacy Europe is recruiting for an executive director… J.P. Morgan is looking for a vice president of its impact venture equity fund in New York… Also in New York, Rockefeller Foundation is hiring an associate of innovative finance, and World Education Services is on the hunt for an associate director of impact investing… Hope is recruiting a credit officer and senior credit officer for its commercial lending team… Common Future seeks a digital content producer in Oakland… Open Road Alliance is looking for a data and Salesforce manager… The Impact Management Project is hiring a communications associate in London… The Sobrato Organization has an opening for a director of impact investments in Mountain View, Calif.
“It’s a great time for new entrants, but for those of us who’ve been doing this for a while it is equally urgent to raise our game right and to not get complacent,” said Margot Brandenburg of the Ford Foundation.