Features | February 22, 2019

Follow the Talent: Agents of Impact Special Report for Feb. 22

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] (or simply reply to this email).

– Dennis Price, editorial director

Agent of Impact

Clara Barby, Impact Management Project. Clara Barby has helped forge a consensus among impact investors for how to talk about, measure and manage impact. Expect to hear more about the five dimensions of impact: what, who and how much impact, the level of risk – and the contribution that can legitimately be credited to the investor. As head of the Impact Management Project, Barby has brought early impact investors like Root Capital, Vox Capital and Nesta together with big pension funds and global asset managers like PGGM, BlackRock, AXA, UBS, Hermes and Barclays. With such consensus, investors are able to worry less about impact frameworks and more about actual impact. Widespread impact measurement and management will result in a very big tent, says Barby, also a partner at Bridges Fund Management. Inside that tent, she says, ‘We can differentiate businesses and investments based on their impact performance.” Follow ImpactAlpha on Instagram.

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Jim Schorr, the social entrepreneurship leader and Vanderbilt professor, passed away on Feb. 11. Schorr was a board member of the Social Enterprise Alliance and the Social Enterprise World Forum and an advisor to REDF.

Seize the Opportunity

Techstars seeks a short-term consultant to develop a framework and dashboard for impact measurement and management… Media company NationSwell is looking for a managing director for its membership community, NationSwell CouncilImpactAssets is hiring directors of business development and impact investing strategy… Injini education technology incubator is hiring a head of growth and other roles in Cape Town.

Follow the Talent

Congratulations to Align Impact’s Eric Stephenson and Cordes Foundation’s Stephanie Cordes, who got married Feb. 16 in New York… Ben Jealous, ex- of NAACP and Kapor Capital, and a former Democratic candidate for Maryland governor, is starting a Baltimore-based impact investing and advising firm named 20X… Cindy Holler is joining Community Housing Capital as president and CEO while Arif Rizvi joins as chief financial officer… Liz Roberts, previously head of Valley Venture Mentors, is the new managing director of inclusive startup advocacy group Zebras Unite…

Tech entrepreneur Srikant Vasan, ex- of Gates Foundation, joined startup network Techstars in January as a partner for SDG impact investments… Gillian Wilmot is the new board chair at European impact investment bank ClearlySo. Tracy Lewis and Joseph Krant also join ClearySo’s board… Elizabeth Burger and Ruby Veridiano join Social Venture Circle.

Apply, Respond, Submit

The U.S. Treasury is soliciting applications under the Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act.

Where To Be

Community ownership, Opportunity Zones, and full spectrum capital are on the agenda at CO Impact Days in Denver Mar. 11-14… The Francophone Africa Investor Summit is happening in Bamako, Mali on Mar. 28-29.