Follow the Talent: ImpactAlpha’s ‘Agents of Impact’ Special Report for Aug. 2



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.

– Dennis Price, editorial director

Agent of Impact 

Kristina Newman-Scott, BRIC. Cities have long known what impact investors are just discovering: The arts can drive social change and economic development. As head of BRIC, a leading arts nonprofit formerly known as Brooklyn Information & Culture, Newman-Scott is curating the borough’s creative economy. Newman-Scott studied art at Edna Manley College in her hometown of Kingston, Jamaica. Moving with her husband to Connecticut in 2005, she took a job as curator for a Hartford arts organization. That led to her role directing Hartford’s marketing and cultural affairs. “Curating a city” where more than a third of residents live below the poverty level, she launched public art projects, a free outdoor film program and an incubator that helped creative small businesses fill empty storefronts and increase foot traffic downtown. “I essentially got to curate my city,” she says in her TEDx talk. As director of culture for the state of Connecticut—the first woman and immigrant of color to hold the position—she oversaw an $80 million portfolio in arts, culture and historic preservation.

“My curatorial practice became thinking about cities and how they can be reflective of those that reside in them,” says Newman-Scott, who became president of BRIC a year ago. In New York City, people of color make up two-thirds of the population, but two-thirds of the leaders of the city’s cultural institutions are white, according to a study commissioned by the city. In an op-ed in The New York Times, the Ford Foundation’s Darren Walker recently called on these “guardians of a fading social and demographic order” to adapt along with their audiences. At BRIC, Newman-Scott commands a budget of $17 million (a mix of government, foundation and cable fees) and a full-time staff of 110 that is heavily female and 60% racially diverse. The creative economy has long flown under the radar of impact investing (see, “Hiding in plain sight: More than 100 funds that are investing in the creative economy”). Says Upstart Co-Lab’s Laura Callanan: “In low-income communities, creativity and culture have been part of comprehensive community development for decades.” – Amy Cortese 

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Walton Enterprises is recruiting a director of impact investing in Washington DC… ClimateAI is looking for a director of business development in San Francisco… The World Wildlife Fund is hiring a sustainable finance engagement manager of climate and energy investment and a sustainable infrastructure financing manager in Singapore… The UN Principles for Responsible Investment is hiring a relationships manager in Chicago… i(x) investments seeks an investor relations assistant in Los Angeles…

SJF Ventures is looking for a senior analyst or associate in New York, the San Francisco Bay Area or Durham… PG Impact Investments is looking for a private equity investment manager for impact investing in South-East Asia in Singapore… BlueOrchard is hiring a regional manager of Latin America in Lima… Fifty Years is hiring a chief of staff in San Francisco (see, “Fifty Years’ $50 million fund signals tech’s turn toward impact)… The California Endowment is recruiting an impact investing associate and a program analyst of impact investing

SustainAbility seeks an analyst in London…  Also in London, Cambridge Associates is hiring an investment analyst of sustainable investing… UBS is looking for a senior investment analyst of ESG and sustainability in New York… Also in New York, Acumen is hiring an office manager… Conveners.org is looking for a membership manager… Confluence Philanthropy seeks an operations coordinator in Oakland…

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center is recruiting an investment analyst in Boston… San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System is hiring a private equity investment analyst… Unshackled Ventures is looking for an analyst in San Francisco… Capria is recruiting for roles in Seattle and Singapore, as well as locations in Africa and the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and Latin America.

Follow the Talent

Nick Ashburn, ex- of Wharton Social Impact Initiative, joins PNC Asset Management as vice president and senior product manager of responsible investing… Diane Mak, ex- of Social Finance UK, joins Y Analytics as a senior director of impact solutions. David Frank, previously with McKinsey & Co., joins as managing director of client service and product development (see, “Y Analytics: The Rise Fund’s new impact measurement business gets a mixed welcome)…

Brooklyn’s BlocPower, Louisville’s Elevation Rentals and Austin’s Haven Connect are among a dozen finalists vying for $300,000 grants in Access Ventures’ Affordable Housing Innovations In Louisville challenge.

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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