Agents of Impact | April 5, 2019

Follow the Talent: Agents of Impact Special Report for Apr. 5

Dennis Price
ImpactAlpha Editor

Dennis Price

Greetings, Agents of Impact!

Welcome to ImpactAlpha’s weekly “follow the talent” roundup of impact investing career moves, job openings, events and opportunities. Help the growing ImpactAlpha community follow your talent: Send job moves, mandates, event announcements and other news to [email protected].

– Dennis Price, editorial director

Agent of Impact

Nipsey Hussle, hip-hop artist and entrepreneur. Born Ermias Asghedom, the rapper earned a Grammy nomination for songs about his rise as an independent MC. He earned community hero status for investments in youth, entrepreneurship and the arts in the Crenshaw neighborhood of Los Angeles where he grew up. “Hussle didn’t just envision a vibrant South L.A.,” wrote Gerrick Kennedy in the Los Angeles Times. “He saw it as a hub for our nation’s brightest intellectual thinkers.” Hussle was shot and killed outside his Marathon Clothing store in the strip mall where he used to sell mixtapes. Hussle and real estate developer David Gross recently purchased the mall with plans to add low-income apartments and expand the mixed-use model across the country with a multi-city Opportunity Fund. Gross and Hussle last year created Vector90, a co-working space and business incubator, along with Too Big to Fail, a youth science, technology, engineering and math center intended as a bridge between Silicon Valley and the inner city. Hussle remembered feeling, “Maybe I’m not even supposed to be thinking this big and thinking outside the box,” he told the L.A. Times last year. “I would like to prevent as many kids from feeling like that as possible.” Follow ImpactAlpha on Instagram.

Seize the Opportunity

Mastercard’s Center for Inclusive Growth is hiring a vice president for social impact in North America… The IDB Lab of the Inter-American Development Bank is recruiting a senior consultant for its Green Climate Fund facility in Mexico… Omidyar Network is looking for a summer associate on its impact investing team… Impact consultancy Stone Soup seeks a marketing and communication intern… Ohio-based Coalition for Green Capital is recruiting a lead for its Green Bank incubation project…

One for the World is looking for an executive director… Unreasonable is looking for a global portfolio director.. Phenix Capital is hiring an impact fund associate in Amsterdam… The Beeck Center at Georgetown University is bringing on six student analysts for the summer… The United Nations Capital Development Fund seeks a digital finance services consultant in Lusaka, Zambia… Smart city venture fund Urban Us is hiring a venture capital fellow in New York.

Follow the Talent

Peter Njonjo is the new CEO of Kenya’s Twiga Foods. Grant Brooke remains executive director… Ruth van de Belt steps into the role of manager of the Triodos Sustainable Mixed Fund. Interim head Erik Breen remains director of socially responsible investment at Triodos Investment ManagementTaryn Goodman, previously of NatureVest, joins the food and agriculture team at TPG Growth’s Rise Fund as sector lead. Walter Robb, former co-CEO of Whole Foods, will serve as a senior advisorIfeyinwa Ugochukwu becomes chief executive officer of the Tony Elumelu Foundation.

Where to Be

Clean energy investment opportunities from Asia and sub-Saharan Africa will be showcased at the Private Financing Advisory Network’s Global Investment Forum in Vancouver on May 27.

That’s a wrap! Help the growing ImpactAlpha community follow your talent: Send your own job moves, new opportunities and event announcements to [email protected].