Agents of Impact | February 15, 2019

Follow the Talent: Agents of Impact Special Report for Feb. 15

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

Rodrigo Villar, New Ventures Mexico. Rodrigo Villar is building a market in Mexico and Latin America around the thesis that the path to competitive returns runs through social ventures. As head of New Ventures Mexico, he has stocked the deal pipeline with support for more than 800 enterprises. As a founder of Adobe Capital, New Ventures’ venture capital arm, he’s helped mobilize more than $41 million across two impact funds. Villar represents Mexico among 17 countries on the Global Steering Group for Impact Investing. And with next week’s ninth Foro Latinoamericano de inversión de impacto in Mérida, Mexico, Rodrigo is bringing together the region’s other Agents of Impact (ImpactAlpha is a media sponsor). Funds targeting basic services for Mexico’s low- and emerging-middle classes “could provide equal or better returns than other funds,” he says. “We wanted to prove that this kind of mechanism in developing countries is a good strategy for investors.” Follow ImpactAlpha on Instagram.

Seize the Opportunity

RSF Social Finance is seeking a senior director of credit… Travel accessories company Away is hiring a social impact director in New York… Also in New York, Tideline is recruiting an impact investing analyst / coordinator… IGNIA is looking for a full-time associate in México City and Monterrey, Mexico… Kapor Capital is hiring a talent director based in Oakland, Calif.… Urban-X is seeking a senior marketing and communications manager…

Illumen Capital is looking for a vice president of business development and investor relations… Alterna is looking for an impact fund officer in Guatemala City… The Global Fund to End Modern Slavery seeks an investment manager… AgFunder is recruiting a venture capital investment analyst in Silicon Valley… Cambridge Associates is seeking a research investment analyst on its diverse manager research team in Boston.

Follow the Talent

Kelly Ward was named director of development and placemaking at Albuquerque’s InnovateABQ… Pamela Jacobs, ex- of Envestnet, joins Spouting Rock Asset Management as chief sustainability officer… Former U.S. ambassador to South Africa Donald Gips takes the helm at the Skoll Foundation…

SolarCity (now Tesla Energy) co-founders Lyndon and Peter Rive join Zola Electric as board chairman and operational advisor, respectively (see, “Zola secures $20 million debt funding for off-grid solar expansion”)Kim Leslie Shafer is the new board chair of Aeris. Justin Conway and Penelope Douglas also joined the Aeris board.

Apply, Respond, Submit

Professional learning platform Gerson Lehrman Group is accepting applications for its diversity scholarship…  Applications are open for the Imperia Global Innovation Incubator for women… Kroger’s new Zero Hunger Zero Waste Innovation Fund is accepting applications until March 4… Accion’s “Inclusive Fintech 50,” an initiative to recognize early-stage fintechs, is accepting applications through Mar. 8.

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].