Follow the Talent: Agents of Impact Special Report for Feb. 8



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 editor@impactalpha.com.

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Prudential commits $100 million to narrow the racial wealth gap in Memphis, New Orleans and Atlanta

– Dennis Price, editorial director

Agent of Impact

Bertrand Badré, Blue Like an Orange Sustainable Capital. The former chief financial officer of the World Bank published a book last year, “Can Finance Save the World,” with prescriptions for mobilizing global capital for climate action, poverty reduction and other Sustainable Development Goals. The World Bank faces a leadership transition, but Badré has long since moved on to pursue his ambitions from the outside. His Blue Like an Orange team has raised its first $100 million to make loans to companies and financial institutions in Latin America. Its second investment is $30 million in mezzanine debt for Cabify, a Spanish ride-hailing service with a presence in nine Latin American countries and an emphasis on driver and rider safety. Its first investment was a $20 million loan to Ecuadorian small business lender, Produbanco. Both deals are co-investments with the Inter-American Development Bank, part of Blue Like an Orange’s strategy to bridge public and private finance. Badré’s book lays the blame for the Great Recession at the foot of global finance, but pleads for another chance. “When used intelligently with benevolence and inventiveness, finance can accomplish great things,” he writes. “It is without a doubt a poor master, but what a wonderful servant!” Follow ImpactAlpha on Instagram.

New financial products start to scale investments in Sustainable Development Goals

Seize the Opportunity

Institute for the Future is hiring a labs director in Palo Alto, Calif…. Bridges Fund Management seeks an impact and finance director and an impact analyst… The Fund for Employee Ownership is hiring a business analyst in Cleveland, OH (see, “Evergreen Cooperatives launches fund to catalyze employee ownership”)La Cocina is looking for a director of earned income and other roles in San Francisco… Shortlist is recruiting a data scientist in Mumbai, Hyderabad or Nairobi (see, “Shortlist closes $2 million for recruitment tools for Indian and African talent”)… The impact investment team at Partners Group is looking for a debt investment manager in New York… Uncharted is hiring a collective impact project manager, an accelerator project manager and other roles in Denver…

The International Committee of the Red Cross seeks an innovative finance adviser… Elevar Equity’s Latin America team is hiring an investment professional and investment analyst in Bogotá or Mexico City… The Global Development Incubator is looking for an associate director of its China portfolio in Guangzhou, Shenzhen or Hong Kong… The Beeck Center at Georgetown University is looking for a finance and administrative manager in Washington, D.C…. The World Benchmarking Alliance is recruiting a research lead to develop a gender equality and empowerment benchmark.

Follow the Talent

Chris Slevin, previously Senator (and presidential hopeful) Cory Booker’s legislative director, joins Economic Innovation Group as vice president… Rachel Reilly, formerly impact investing director at Enterprise Community Partners, also joins Economic Innovation Group, according to a tweet from Reilly… Stavros Koutsantonis, ex- of Brookfield Asset Management, joins Conservation Resource Partners as managing director of conservation farming…

Anna West is now institutional investment consultant Callan first ESG practice lead… Rahul Rai, ex- of Rabo Equity Advisors, joins Incofin Investment Management as a partner in India.

Where to Be

Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs is hosting “Metrics from the Ground Up,” Feb. 18-19, in Merida, Mexico.

Apply, Respond, Submit

Techstars and the Nature Conservancy are recruiting teams working on food and water sustainability, and solutions for climate change. ICYMI: Applications are also open for Techstars Impact’s 2019 program for tech teams solving social and environmental challenges… Upaya’s 2019 livelihoods accelerator program is open for applications from early-stage enterprises in India…

The Open Society Foundations is requesting proposals from fund managers investing in women in Africa’s informal economy… Access Ventures’ “Reconstruct Challenge,” a $3 million prize competition to address the U.S. affordable housing shortage, is open for applications.

Get Smarter

Philanthropy data organizations Foundation Center and Guidestar merged to form Candid… Check out Enterprise Community PartnersUntold Returns, a new podcast series hosted by Bethany McLean. Episode one: “The state of impact investing” (and then get your fill with more than 75 episodes of ImpactAlpha’s Returns on Investment podcast).


That’s a wrap! Help the growing ImpactAlpha community follow your talent: Send your own job moves, new opportunities and event announcements to editor@impactalpha.com.

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