Agents of Impact | May 10, 2019

Follow the Talent: Agents of Impact Special Report for May. 10

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

Agents of Impact

Sandra Díaz, Josef Settele, and Eduardo Brondízio, co-chairs of the Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. “The battle is not lost yet,” says Sandra Díaz. But An exhaustive report this week painted a picture of ecosystem deterioration “unprecedented in human history.” Within decades, one million plant and animal species—roughly 13% of all species on earth—could become extinct. Díaz of Argentina, Settele of Germany, and Brondízio of Brazil and the U.S. issued a stark warning that humanity’s life-supporting “safety net” has been stretched “almost to a breaking point.” The group’s emphasis on economic effects suggests opportunities for impact investors in agriculture, forestry, marine systems, freshwater systems, urban areas, energy and finance. The experts had earlier estimated that nature provides $24 trillion of non-monetized benefits each year in the Americas alone.

“Negative trends in nature will continue to 2050 and beyond in all of the policy scenarios explored in the report, except those that include transformative change,” the authors write. Among the prescriptions: reducing inequalities in economic development, reducing over-consumption and waste and accounting for social and environmental externalities. “Ecosystems, species, wild populations, local varieties and breeds of domesticated plants and animals are shrinking, deteriorating or vanishing,” Settele said in a statement. “The essential, interconnected web of life on Earth is getting smaller and increasingly frayed.” Follow ImpactAlpha on Instagram.

Seize the Opportunity

San Francisco-based RSF Social Finance is searching for a chief financial officer… Abt Associates seeks an impact investing program coordinator in the Philippines to support Australia’s Investing in Women initiative… Louisville-based Access Ventures is hiring a program associate… Tiedemann Advisors is recruiting an impact investing intern in San Francisco… International Finance Corp. is recruiting a chief technology officer… Mission Investors Exchange is hiring a director of membership in New York… The city of Philadelphia is looking for a smart-city director… Impact Capital is recruiting a vice president of lending in Seattle… Salesforce is looking for an impact investing manager in San Francisco.

Follow the Talent

The Low Income Investment Fund promotes COO Kimberly Latimer-Nelligan to president. Daniel Nissenbaum becomes CEO… KKR and Harlem Capital partner to recruit women and minority investment professionals… Fintech firm Fig Loans (backed by VilCap Investments and Techstars) receives B Corp and federal Community Development Financial Institution certifications.

Where to Be

The Invest for Good Brazil conference at London Business School May 16 will connect international investors and Brazilian venture capitalists and regulators. ImpactAlpha subscribers get 25% off with code IMPACTALPHA25BRAZIL. Register now ImpactAssets is a program partner at SEED, the San Francisco gathering of impact ecosystem support for early stage ventures. Sign-up now with code SEEDPromoPartner to receive a receive a 30% discount… Social Venture Circle and the New England Impact Investing Initiative host a social entrepreneurs pitch event in Boston May 21… The Central Bank of Kenya and the Monetary Authority of Singapore present the Afro-Asia FinTech Festival Jul. 15-16 at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies.

Apply, Respond, Submit

Sustainable seafood network Fish 2.0 is accepting applications through May 19… The Washington Area Community Investment Fund is accepting applications to its board of directors… Uncharted is looking for ag-tech ventures based in Colorado.

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].