Agents of Impact | June 28, 2019

Follow the Talent: ImpactAlpha’s ‘Agents of Impact’ Special Report for June 28

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 

Climb Hire’s Nitzan Pelman. Nitzan Pelman isn’t counting on education alone to throttle generational poverty. Nor is she satisfied with helping low-income professionals get skills and land jobs. Pelman is building a tech-training organization and cutting graduates in on a cut of the profits. “It’s very hard for people to create wealth just based on income alone,” she told ImpactAlpha. Pelman has secured $2 million in grants to jumpstart Climb Hire’s upskilling and staffing model. For two decades, Pelman has had a close-up view of the intersection of education and poverty, at Teach for America, non-profit charter school KIPP and New York City’s Department of Education. She’s launching Climb Hire as a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Ascend program for solving generational poverty. Lower-income workers often lack strong professional networks to lean on for opportunities, says Pelman, so she opted for a cooperative model to incentivize community and network building. Graduates of the 16-week skills program will become part-owners of Climb Hire’s for-profit staffing agency. Says Pelman, “Social capital is an important avenue for wealth creation.” Follow ImpactAlpha on Instagram.

 Seize the Opportunity

Mercy Corps is hiring a senior managing director of digital financial services and innovation in Washington DC… Also in DC, Evergreen fintech fund Flourish Ventures seeks an associate… Prodigy Finance is looking for a senior associate of business development in New York or London… ImpactAssets is hiring a senior product manager and other roles… Social Investment Scotland is looking for a head of market building in Edinburgh… Emerson Collective’s venture investing team is hiring a senior associate in Palo Alto.

Follow the Talent

Peter Lupoff is named chief executive officer of Net Impact… Artificial intelligence startup Hypergiant brings on the Planetary Society’s Bill Nye (the science guy) as an advisor on climate change and space exploration… Sheila Coronel, dean of academic affairs at Columbia University’s School of Journalism, is named board chair at Media Development Investment Fund, as Bernard Poulet steps down… Glenmede, the $40 billion wealth manager, becomes a signatory to the UN Principles of Responsible Investing.

Apply, Respond, Submit 

Submit solutions for restoring degraded landscapes in Least Developed Countries to MIT’s Climate CoLab by July 1… Also looming is the deadline to propose solutions to MIT’s Solve’s 2019 challenges: circular economy, community-driven innovation, early childhood development, and healthy cities… Applications are open for SE Greenhouse’s health and wellness accelerator… Village Capital is recruiting agriculture entrepreneurs for its ‘Africa agriculture’ accelerator with Ceniarth and Small Foundation… 

Equity crowdfunding platform Wefunder launches three new impact-focused campaigns: SmartGurlz, which aims to increase girls’ participation in STEM through play; Bellwether Housing, a Seattle community finance institution raising a bond for low-income housing; and Impact Hub Honolulu, a Hawawii outpost of the popular impact-oriented co-working space.

Get Smarter

Register now for “Getting Gender Smart: Impact Investing with a Gender Lens,” led by Catalyst at Large Suzanne Biegel and Cathy Clark of CASE i3 at Duke University, Sept. 9-11 (Get the early-bird rate before June 30 and use code IMPACTALPHA for an additional $200 off)… Transform Finance is hosting “Capital to Create Shared Wealth,” a webinar exploring the organization’s work on private equity and employee ownership, July 2 at 10am PT / 1pm ET.

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].