Agents of Impact | January 25, 2019

Follow the Talent: Agents of Impact Special Report for Jan. 25

Dennis Price
ImpactAlpha Editor

Dennis Price

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 [email protected] (or simply reply to this email).

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– Dennis Price, editorial director

Agent of Impact

Greta Thunberg, climate activist. The only reason the 16-year old isn’t leading this week’s student strike outside Sweden’s parliament is because she’s in Davos to scold global business and political leaders for inaction on climate change. So she’ll join a School Strike 4 Climate Action in Davos, instead. Thunberg traveled 32 hours by train – not private jet – to the World Economic Forum in order to reduce her carbon footprint. She didn’t pull punches. “Someone is to blame,” she said in a video message. “Some people, some companies and some decision-makers in particular have known exactly what priceless values they are sacrificing to continue making unimaginable amounts of money.” She later joined a climate panel with Bono, Jane Goodall,, Kengo Sakurada and fellow Agent of Impact Christiana Figueres. Student strikes for climate action have spread rapidly since Thunberg first chided world leaders at last month’s U.N. climate conference in Poland. On Thursday, more than 35,000 students marched in Brussels, following strikes in Germany, Belgium and Switzerland last week. “The year 2078, I will celebrate my 75th birthday,” Thunberg said in Poland. “If I have children maybe they will spend that day with me. Maybe they will ask me about you. Maybe they will ask why you didn’t do anything while there still was time to act.” Follow ImpactAlpha on Instagram.

Seize the Opportunity

Illumen Capital is hiring a vice president of business development and investor relations in Oakland (see, “Tackling investors’ racial and gender biases to unlock hidden value)… Calvert Impact Capital is looking for a director of institutional relations, analyst/officer of investor relations and an analyst/officer of syndications and strategyApparel Impact Institute seeks a chief of staff… The Sorenson Impact Center is recruiting a senior associate to manage an Opportunity Zone project in Salt Lake city… Drashta Ventures is looking for an associate in London… Sonoma Clean Power is hiring a chief operating officer in Santa Rosa.

Farmfit Africa is hiring a managing director in Nairobi… Open Road Alliance seeks an investment officer (see, “Open Road Alliance expands working-capital loan fund for social-sector organizations)… Global Partnerships is recruiting an Africa portfolio director in Nairobi… Align Impact is looking for a private markets investment analyst in Los Angeles and a client services associate in New York… Nature Conservancy seeks a director of product development for debt conversions in Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Follow the Talent

Former CDFI Fund director Annie Donovan becomes a senior fellow at the Center for Community Investment at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy… Minnie Allison joins Admiral Capital Group as a senior asset manager… Climate expert Sara Walker joins Lestari Capital as chief conservation officer… Banker Ken Marks joins the Coalition for Green Capital’s board of directors.

Anastasia Tarpeh-Ellis is the new managing director of Backstage Los Angeles… Computer History Museum’s Dan’l Lewin is the new board chairman Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Joining the foundation’s board: George Brown, formerly a partner with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Hewlett Foundation’s Larry Kramer and Opportunity Fund’s Luz Urrutia.

Where to Be

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January 25, 2019.