Agents of Impact | March 8, 2019

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

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

Patricia Farrar-Rivas, Veris Wealth Partners. Veris Wealth Partners has a reputation for leadership on gender lens investing. Lately, Veris’ CEO Patricia Farrar-Rivas has been thinking about how to go further, much further. ImpactAlpha caught up with Farrar-Rivas this week at Confluence Philanthropy’s annual practitioner’s gathering in New York. On her mind: racial equity and, specifically, reparations for slavery and genocide. “African Americans and indigenous communities don’t benefit from the wealth that their ancestors created and died for,” she said. She is exploring how impact investments and philanthropic capital can be used to facilitate reparations. She admits her thinking is nascent, but suggests housing may provide a route. “Home ownership is proven to be one of the greatest wealth builders,” she says. The New York Times’ David Brooks is rethinking the issue as well. On Farrar-Rivas’ reading list: Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, about policies that have deliberately created segregation and disenfranchisement; Andrea Stuart’s Sugar in the Blood, about how the West Indian sugar cane industry shaped slavery in the Americas; and Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow, about how people make decisions. Follow ImpactAlpha on Instagram.

Seize the Opportunity

San Francisco-based Obvious Ventures is recruiting a senior associate… Veris Wealth Partners is hiring a chief operating officer in San Francisco… Tideline is looking for a director in New York… McKnight Foundation seeks an investment analysts in Minneapolis… WeWork is recruiting a New York-based manager for its public policy and veterans-related social impact initiatives… Capria seeks a Seattle-based manager to lead business operations… Vermont social enterprise center Black River Innovation Campus is hiring an executive director… ANDE’s Brazil chapter is looking for a full-time analyst…

Oxfam is hiring in the Netherlands to support its innovation fund… Pacific Community Ventures seeks a credit analyst for its small business lending group in Oakland, Calif… The U.S. Impact Investing Alliance is hiring a program or senior program assistant… Impact investor network Toniic is hiring a relationship manager on the U.S. west coast, a director of programming on the east coast and a member support associate in Europe… Capital Impact Partners seeks a real estate program specialist in Detroit… Sustainable investing startup Ethic is looking for an investment operations lead in New York.

Follow the Talent

Sev Vettivetpillai departs LGT Impact as part of a reorganization at the financial services firm owned by the royal family of Liechtenstein… David Bohigian takes the helm as acting president and CEO at the Overseas Private Investment Corp. OPIC’s Ray Washburne stepped down last month… Siobhan Dullea is the new CEO of accelerator network MassChallenge… Marcel Rodgers, ex- of Resonant Energy, joins Sunwealth as a project development manager…

Todd Moss departs the Center for Global Development to lead the Energy for Growth Hub… Marland Buckner, Mike Davis and Vicki Lundy Wilbon join the board of Philadelphia-based Reinvestment Fund… John Palfrey will take the helm of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation starting Sept. 1… Michelle Dervan becomes a partner at Rethink Education. Ebony Pope, ex- of Village Capital, joins the edtech venture firm as a principal.

Apply, Respond, Submit

MIT’s Solve seeks solutions for its 2019 global challenges in the circular economy, community-driven innovation, early childhood development and healthy cities… Applications are open for the Women of Ireland Fund.

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].