Follow the Talent: Agents of Impact special report for Jan. 18



Greetings, Agents of Impact!

‘Follow the talent’ is one of ImpactAlpha’s mantras as we cover the daily beat of impact investing. Smart, passionate Agents of Impact are driving change within their organizations and across financial markets.

In this special report, we recap our daily ‘Follow the Talent’ news and profile a weekly ‘Agent of Impact.’ Read on to catch up with talent on the move, job openings and places to be. 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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Agent of Impact

I-DEV’s Jason Spindler. Before the arrival of billion-dollar impact funds and hundred-million-dollar deals, Jason Spindler and I-DEV International cranked through dozens of five- and six-figure transactions that each could take 18 months or more to close. “He’d want to be remembered for his vision to invest in the growth of African businesses,” I-DEV co-founder Patricia Chin-Sweeney told ImpactAlpha after Spindler was killed in this week’s terrorist attack in Nairobi, Kenya. In total, I-DEV has helped 350 small and medium enterprises in 45 countries. At least 40 have gone on to raise $80 million in investments and growth capital. Spindler was driven by the promise of economic development, Chin-Sweeney said, through “attracting greater investment to responsible, innovative businesses.” Follow ImpactAlpha on Instagram.

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Seize the Opportunity

The Prime Coalition is hiring a director of philanthropic development in Cambridge, Mass.… W.K. Kellogg Foundation is recruiting a mission investment manager for its mission-driven investments program… Clean energy investment firm Sunwealth is looking for a solar project associate in Somerville, Mass…. Omidyar Network’s governance and citizen engagement spinoff Luminate is recruiting an associate in Washington D.C… Leapfrog Investments is recruiting an investment officer in Singapore and a head of impact in London… Big Society Capital is hiring an interim portfolio director and an interim deputy chief investment officer… Sydney-based Social Ventures Australia is looking for a fund administrator…

The Rockefeller Foundation is hiring a program associate for its innovative finance team… The Schmidt Family Foundation is seeking an investment associate in Menlo ParkAccion is hiring in Bogota, Mumbai and Washington D.C… Big Society Capital is hiring an investment director and investment manager in London… Bethnal Green Ventures is recruiting a head of portfolio and other positions in London… New ‘future of work’ impact fund Network is recruiting a managing director or partner… Blue Dot Law is looking for attorneys to represent mission‐driven businesses, impact investors, and nonprofits… Capria is hiring an investment intern/fellow in Seattle.

Follow the Talent

Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown joins Partners Group to advise the Swiss private equity firm’s $1 billion impact fund PG Life (see, “New financial products start to scale investments in Sustainable Development Goals)… Racquel Moses is the new chief executive officer of Richard Branson’s Caribbean climate-smart accelerator… Elizabeth McGeveran is the new director of investments of the McKnight Foundation… Mastercard exec Walt Macnee joins payments provider Paysafe Group as a board director.

Where to Be

ImpactAlpha is a media sponsor of the third Economist magazine impact investing event in New York City on Feb. 12. “This year’s summit will demand more of the business leaders at the helm of the global economy,” organizers say. Save 15% with code ALPHA15. Register now.

Apply, Respond, Submit

Applications are open for Techstars Impact’s 2019 program for tech teams solving social and environmental challenges… Yunus&Youth is accepting applications for its fellowship program for social entrepreneurs.

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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