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CORE TEAM

Joy Anderson

Joy Anderson is a prominent national leader at the intersection of business and social change, whose insights and experience have helped shaped hundreds of ventures as well as the movements of impact investing and gender lens investing. She is founder and president of Criterion Institute, the leading think tank on using finance as a tool for social change, which demonstrates new possibilities through its groundbreaking research, innovative trainings, convenings and institutional engagement. In recognition of her leadership, Anderson was listed in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business.

Joy was co-founder of Good Capital with Tim Freundlich and Kevin Jones in 2006. She formerly served as faculty on leading social innovation award programs, including Unreasonable Institute and Echoing Green, advising the next generation of leaders in impact investing. As chair of the board of directors of Village Capital and through involvement in Investor’s Circle, she was actively involved in shaping early stage social investments. And through her role in developing and leading Structure Lab© workshops she has helped over 300 organizations think through their legal and financial structures.

Joy has appeared on Bloomberg and CNN, and her thought leadership has been published in ImpactAlpha and Conscious Company, among other outlets. She is the author of “A Blueprint for Women’s Funds on Using Finance as a Tool for Social Change,” published in 2017 in partnership with Global Fund for Women and Ms. Foundation, following the 2015 publication of “Gender Lens Investing in Asia,” jointly released with USAID, and Criterion’s “The State of the Field of Gender Lens Investing.”

Joy’s intellectual interests draw on her research for her Ph.D. in American History from New York University. Her dissertation examined prison reform in the 1830s and how individuals and organizations in democracies claim expertise in order to shape public institutions.

She currently lives with her husband and daughter in a Connecticut apple orchard, and can be found in the fall pressing cider and boiling apple syrup.

Phyllis Anderson

Phyllis Andphyllis andersonerson joined Criterion Institute in January 2014 to lead and support the 1K Churches movement, which seeks to engage 1000 churches of all denominations across the country in a process of reflecting on the relationship between their faith and the economy through Bible study and the experience of investing in a micro-business in their community.

She lives now in Sonoma, California, having recently retired as President of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley. She served for nine years as the first female president of a Lutheran seminary in the United States.  She is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) who has served as pastor of a rural parish in Iowa, as assistant to the Lutheran Bishop in Iowa, as Director of Pastoral Studies and Assistant Professor of Theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and as Director for Theological Education in the Churchwide Organization of the ELCA. She worked with many denominations as the Associate Dean and Director of the Institute of Ecumenical Theological Studies at the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University, an ecumenical theological school within a Jesuit Catholic university.

She holds a B.A. from Sacramento State University; an M.Div. from Wartburg Theological Seminary; and a Ph.D. from Aquinas Institute of Theology.  Her areas of specialty are ecclesiology and ecumenics.  She is married to the Rev. Dr. Herbert Anderson, Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Theology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and Research Professor of Practical Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. They have two children: Joy Anderson of Haddam, Connecticut, and Joel Anderson of Leiden, the Netherlands.

Joy Lynn Alegarbes

Joy Lynn AlegarbesJoy Lynn was thrilled to join the Criterion Team in July 2021 to support event planning for Convergence XVIII. With more than 15 years of experience spanning the public and private sectors, United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations, she has implemented programming in over 35 countries while maintaining a strong focus on gender equality, HIV prevention, digital sexuality education and disability inclusion. Joy Lynn has led the coordination of global public-facing events for International Day of the Girl, World AIDS Day, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, Global Menstrual Hygiene Day, Global Female (Internal) Condom Day and the United Nations General Assembly, among other key moments. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University, with a double minor in Deaf Studies and Applied Arts; and a Master’s Degree in Public Health, with a Specialization in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Joy Lynn is currently based between Amsterdam, New York and Hawai’i.

Carolyn Burns

Carolyn BurnsCarolyn Burns is an impact investor and gender-lens technical assistance practitioner who has spent the bulk of her career supporting economic development projects based in Emerging Markets. Her professional experience includes direct and fund-of-funds investing, designing and operationalizing blended finance initiatives and coaching others on climate and social inclusion mainstreaming activities. She is adept at building non-traditional partnerships (i.e. across government agencies, investment professionals, academics, grassroots and international non-profit organizations etc.), applying finance to solve for social justice-linked challenges and managing the complete project lifecycle. She is energized by researching and constructing systems-level solutions which build a more equitable future for everyone, everywhere.

Carolyn has previously explored how finance can be a tool for social change through her work at the Equality Fund, the world’s largest feminist platform, Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), an economic development organization focused on creating agribusiness solutions to global poverty and Sarona Asset Management, an international ESG and impact focused asset manager.

Carolyn holds an Honours Bachelor of Political Science from Western University and a Master of Science in International Management from the Ivey Business School. She is certified in Responsible Investing Essentials by the UN Principles for Responsible Investing and Fundamentals of Alternative Investments by the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association.

Todd Ching

Todd ChingTodd Ching (he/him) has over 15 years of experience in nonprofit technology and database work. At Criterion, he manages the technology platforms, working closely with the operations team since he joined the team in 2019. Todd also works closely with the Convergence team, architecting and managing the technology stack for the event since it’s all-digital format began in 2020.

Todd is the founder and principal consultant at Data Rabbit Solutions, a technology consulting startup in the Boston area. His previous work experience includes time in the impact investing sector at Root Capital, and in the political sector as the IT Director for Elizabeth Warren’s 2018 senate campaign and in the same role for the Warren for President Exploratory Committee. Todd holds a BA from Boston College in Political Science and History.

 

Pablo Freund

Pablo FreundPablo Freund is a Senior Advisor with Criterion Institute since 2021. He is an experienced financial services professional focusing on women’s financial inclusion and the development of gender lens financial services. He is the founder of Bare Maximum, a boutique advisory firm helping international financial institutions, nonprofits, and start-ups advance the emergence of an equitable, ethical, and sustainable financial system informed by data. He is also the co-founder of Be Girl, a social enterprise focused on making high-performance menstrual hygiene products radically accessible for women and girls globally.

Pablo is the Gender Financial Inclusion technical expert for Inter-American Development Bank’s program to increase capacity of Public National Development Banks and the UN Foundation’s Data2x Women’s Financial Inclusion Partnership, leading their sex-disaggregated data harmonization efforts. He also serves as the Financial Alliance for Women’s data science lead, managing the largest private sector gender lens global supply-side sex-disaggregated financial services survey in support of the publication of the annual “Economics of Banking on Women” report.

In addition to Pablo’s work in the financial inclusion space, he has extensive experience at the intersection of gender and energy access. Over the past several years, he has worked with organizations on the development of gender mainstreaming policies to increase women’s participation of women in the energy sector as well as access to electricity programs across Sub-Saharan Africa.

He started his career in financial services with UBS, prior to which he received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and History of Art and Architecture from Brown University, and a Master of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University’s Earth Institute.

Sherryl Kuhlman

Sherryl KuhlmanSherryl Kuhlman joins Criterion to lead work on analyses of process metrics that support gender equality and address power dynamics in innovative finance. She previously acted as the Managing Director for the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, where she worked to integrate the Wharton community into a local and global network of social enterprises, impact investors, and impact organizations.

Sherryl provided strategic focus to Wharton’s numerous social impact projects and collaborations. Sherryl approached her role with a blend of nonprofit and academic experience, informed by more than 10 years of involvement in social impact management, partnership development, outcomes measurement, and strategy. She joined the Wharton Social Impact Initiative in October 2010.

Previously, she held leadership roles coordinating corporate and foundation grant support, partnership development, and strategic initiatives and marketing at the national and local agencies of Big Brothers Big Sisters, in addition to teaching in the Philosophy department at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster PA. Sherryl received her MBA from Wharton in 2001. After years of motivating her students to make a real impact on social causes, she was inspired to create an impact on such causes herself. Her work with Criterion allows her to combine research and analysis with real-world impact.

Lechin Lu

Lechin LuLechin Lu is passionate about solving complex social problems through human-centred innovations and social entrepreneurship. She brings in 10 years of experience in community development, project management, strategic partnerships, and stakeholder management. She has worked in health, social service, education and consulting. She took an interest in finance as a tool for social change while pursuing her MBA at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. She has since honed a unique skillset of integrating intersectional analysis into program, process, and policy innovation as the project lead of the Gender Analytics program at the University of Toronto’s Institute for Gender and the Economic. Lechin chaired local advocacy groups and partnerships on health equity issues in Toronto. She was a founding team member that established the first private non-for-profit family counselling center in southern China. ​

Lechin holds an MBA from the University of Toronto, specializing in sustainability and social impact. She also received a Master of Social Work from the University of Calgary, specializing in international development. ​

Christina Madden

Christina Madden joined Criterion Institute in 2017 with more than a decade of experience in nonprofit development. She took an interest in finance as a tool for social change while working at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, where she developed lesson plans on “creative capitalism,” assisted with a Workshops for Ethics in Business series, and contributed articles on related topics to the Carnegie Council’s publications. Since then Christina has worked as a consultant to social entrepreneurs and impact investors, as well as government projects in Southeast Asia, West Africa and Latin America dealing with the impact of trade and investment on economic and social development. Her research on these topics has been published in a number of outlets including Foreign Affairs, The Asia Times, World Politics Review and a book she co-authored, entitled Perspectives on Peacekeeping and Atrocity Prevention. Christina received her B.A. in political science and international affairs from the George Washington University and is certified by UN-Habitat and Soliya in Cross-Cultural Dialogue Facilitation and by the United States Institute of Peace in Conflict Analysis and Conflict Negotiation. She is an active member of Women In International Security, Carnegie New Leaders and Women Investing for Sustainable Economies.

Arianna Muirow

Arianna Muirow is a mission-driven professional with more than a decade of career experience in research, communications, advocacy, and program development. Arianna has a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, focused on creating healthy and resilient regional food systems that bridge the rural-urban divide. In 2017 she completed a Doctorate of Philosophy in Geography at the University of Washington, where her dissertation discussed the intersections of social movements, sustainable and equitable food systems, and new technologies. Arianna was a 2018 Henry M. Jackson Leadership Fellow and a 2016 Leadership Fellow with the Washington Center for Women and Democracy. Arianna is a strategic facilitator and coalition-builder aiming to advance goals of justice and equity who believes in the power of story telling for social change.

Deanna Salpietra

Deanna has over 15 years of experience working in international development for a wide variety of public and private clients, such as USAID, DFID, the UN, Nike Foundation and Mastercard Foundation. Her work has focused on poverty reduction through economic growth, which has led her to work primarily on private sector development, financial inclusion, and impact investment programs. She has expertise in program design, management and monitoring and evaluation; and takes a results-based management approach to all three. She has lived and worked in the US, UK, South East Asia, and the South Pacific.

Deanna holds a BA in International Business from Loyola University New Orleans; and an MSc in Local Economic Development from The London School of Economics.

Pranay Samson

Pranay Samson is passionate about utilizing finance as a tool to enable social change, having worked at the intersection of development and finance for over a decade. He previously led the Impact Partners team at the Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) in Singapore, a pioneer in gender lens investment through exchange tradeable blended finance instruments. He has expertise across renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, health, education and waste management, having worked with over 40 impact-focused enterprises on their growth strategy and associated investment from impact investors.

Pranay previously worked at Development Alternatives Group in India, incubating and scaling social enterprise models that were aimed at reversing rural migration patterns. He started his career at HSBC specialized in international banking, executing deals with Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) and Private Equity funds investing in India. He holds a PGDM from the Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, and is a qualified architect, with a Bachelor of Architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi. He was also part of the inaugural cohort of the Social Impact Leadership Program conducted by Dasra and Harvard Business School in India.

Tia Subramanian

Tia Subramanian has over a decade’s experience in philanthropic strategy and outreach, communications, content development, research, writing, editing, and marketing, as well as professional and personal experience with a range of women’s equity initiatives. She developed an interest in using finance as a tool for social change in her six years at Arabella Advisors, a philanthropic advisory firm, where she helped to found the firm’s impact investing practice. At Arabella, she worked with investing and philanthropic strategy experts to design innovative investment vehicles that address systemic barriers to women’s access to health care and capital. Tia excels at partnering with teams to parse expertise, guide research, and translate it into content that speaks to diverse audiences. Her work on social sector issues has appeared in publications such as the Stanford Social Innovation Review. She is also an experienced facilitator who has run trainings on communications and equity issues. Earlier in her career, Tia worked for a variety of media outlets on both the business and editorial sides. She spent two years in ad sales at The New Yorker and Condé Nast Portfolio magazines and worked as an editor at two London-based startup websites.

Tia is a longtime advocate for women’s reproductive justice, currently serving on the development committee of the DC Abortion Fund. She has a BA in English and Psychology from Amherst College and an MA in English from the University of Virginia.

Devon Tighe

Devon has nearly 20 years of experience consulting businesses in the corporate and social spheres, in both developed and developing markets. Having initially supported Criterion’s programmatic work, she now focuses on business development and account management for the organization. Prior to joining Criterion, Devon served on the leadership team of a Cape Town-based social enterprise and advised start-ups in South Africa and the US leveraging data and technology for social good. Devon transitioned to social enterprise after spending 15 years in the corporate sector, where she held various leadership roles in the US and Sub-Saharan Africa focused on data strategy, customer analytics, and growth. Devon holds a degree in computer science, with a specialization in cognitive science, from The University of Pennsylvania.

 


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Joy Anderson

Joy is a prominent national leader at the intersection of business and social change. After leaving her career as a high school teacher in New York, Joy transitioned to an entrepreneur, founding Criterion Ventures in 2002, co-founding Good Capital in 2006. A serial entrepreneur and consummate networker, Joy’s leadership and expertise have been at the forefront of the development of the social capital markets over the last 10 years. As a recognition of her business leadership, in 2011, Joy was ranked 51st in Fast Company’s annual of the 100 Most Creative People in Business.

Michaele Birdsall

Michaele Birdsall has worked in both corporate and ministry settings, but ministry holds a special place in her heart: “I have a deep love for ministry and seeing others transformed by the love of God,” she says. With that sort of passion, it’s no wonder Birdsall sees her role as more than financial. “The CFO’s role is holistic,” she says. “The CFO has to look at the overall health of the organization. If the health of the organization is good, the finances will follow.”

Michaele sees one of her primary roles in supporting ministry as building and sustaining donor confidence. “Donors who are confident that their gifts will be managed responsibly and ethically are much more inclined to give regularly and liberally,” she says. Michaele’s mission is to sustain a foundation of integrity for American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) and to communicate the story of home mission in America and Puerto Rico, in order to inspire people to get involved in a number of ways, including financially. To deepen her capacity to support the broader health of ABHMS, Michaele completed a master’s degree in organizational development from American University in 2013. She consistently provides internal and external consultation to senior leaders in the areas of strategic planning, organizational change, transition management, and diversity management.

Central to Michaele’s consulting approach is the design and implementation of stakeholder interactions that deepen accountability and commitment through meaningful engagement and dialogue. Keeping a finger on the financial and organizational pulse of ABHMS is a full-time job. However, Michaele finds time to unwind by walking, bike-riding, listening to her favorite music, playing the piano and spending time with her three adult children and four grandchildren.

Luisamaria Ruiz Carlile

Luisamaria Ruiz Carlile retired earlier this year as a Senior Wealth Manager and Certified Financial Planner™ in Veris Wealth Partners, LLC New York office. While with Veris, she managed client portfolios and designs comprehensive strategies to meet a wide range of clients’ financial goals. Luisamaria co-leads Veris Women, Wealth & Impact committee and has led the firm’s research and thought pieces on gender lens investing.

Prior to joining Veris Wealth Partners, LLC, Luisamaria worked for JP Morgan for 13 years. As a Vice President in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department, and subsequently as a Credit Portfolio Manager, she executed transactions and oversaw loan and credit exposures in Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, and Peru. She is a member of the Financial Planning Association and serves on the Advisory Board of Oxfam America’s WISE Women’s Empowerment Fund.  In addition to her financial services experience, Luisamaria has held various leadership positions with the Park Slope United Methodist Church (PSUMC) in Brooklyn, NY. The PSUMC community is active in endeavors that support peace, the environment, and social justice. Luisamaria has a B.A. in Economics from Wellesley College (Durant Scholar, Summa Cum Laude), and a Certificate in Financial Planning from New York University.

Catherine Gill

Catherine is Managing Director for the ALIGN Program at Northeastern University. ALIGN’s mission is to make computer science degrees accessible to those traditionally underrepresented in computing, thereby opening up the talent pipeline for careers in technology.

Prior to assuming this role, Catherine was Executive Vice President at Root Capital, a social enterprise that provides loans and advisory services to rural businesses in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. In that position, she was responsible for fundraising, impact investing and communications to capitalize the organization’s $100 million balance sheet and support its $15 million operating budget. Among other achievements during her eight years at Root Capital, Catherine played a leadership role in the Women in Agriculture Initiative, which has helped to grow more than one hundred gender-inclusive businesses across the globe.

Before that, Catherine spent ten years in the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) industry, at the Nonprofit Finance Fund and the Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation, financing and consulting to leading social change organizations up and down the eastern seaboard. Catherine holds a bilingual M.B.A from the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa (IESE) in Barcelona, Spain, and a B.A. in ancient Greek from Wellesley College. A native of Massachusetts, Catherine lives in Lexington with her husband, two children and a lop-eared rabbit.

Michele Kahane

Michele Kahane (MBA and MIA, Columbia University) is Associate Dean of Educational Innovation and Social Engagement and Professor of Professional Practice in Management at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy. She has more than 25 years of experience in the global business, nonprofit, and philanthropy sectors. Her teaching and professional practice are focused on social entrepreneurship, social innovation and social investment. Michele was a banker in emerging markets corporate finance and later practiced social investment at the Ford Foundation for a decade. Subsequently, as a senior executive at the Clinton Global Initiative and at the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College, she worked with companies, social entrepreneurs, and the public sector to forge innovative, market-based approaches to global development. She is co-author of the award-winning book Untapped: Creating Value in Underserved Markets (Berrett-Koehler, June 2006), which provides advice to managers on how companies can both implement profitable business strategies and improve conditions in poor communities. In addition to sitting on the Criterion Institute Board, Michele serves on the board of the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future, the steering committee of the Institute for Responsible Investment, the NY Regional Association of Grantmakers Task Force on Hurricane Katrina, and the Fast Forward Fund.

Nina Weissberg

Nina Weissberg is CEO of Weissberg Corp., a 60-year-old commercial real estate firm, and also a founding board member of the Weissberg Foundation. Ms. Weissberg joined the company in 1994, became CEO in 2006. At the Foundation, her concerns focus on the empowerment of women through regulation and Impact Investment to promote social rights, economic access and physical security. She is presently a Trustee of Beloit College (2010 – present), a member of the Beloit Weissberg Chair Council on Human Rights, a Trustee of New York University (2012-present). Recently collaboration also includes the Root Capital Gender  initiative.

Teresa Younger

Teresa C. Younger has served as President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the oldest women’s foundation in the United States, since 2014. Under Teresa’s leadership, the Foundation launched #MyFeminismIs, a multimedia campaign sparking a national conversation on feminism; funded a groundbreaking report on the sexual abuse to prison pipeline; joined leading women’s foundations at the White House to announce a $100 million funding commitment to create pathways to economic opportunity for low-income women and girls; and led a campaign to hold the NFL accountable for violence against women.

A noted speaker, advocate, and activist, Teresa has been on the frontlines of some of the most important battles for women’s health, safety and economic justice. She was honored by Planned Parenthood Federation of America as a Dream Keeper, given Liberty Bank’s Willard M. McRae Community Diversity Award, and named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Philanthropy” by Inside Philanthropy. A graduate of the University of North Dakota, Teresa currently serves on the board of several philanthropic and advocacy organizations and initiatives, including: Grantmakers for Girls of Color (G4GC), Black Funders for Social Justice, the ERA Coalition, ACLU Awards Committee (2017), Essie Justice Project (Board Member), Funders for Reproductive Equity (FRE) (Board member) and Philanthropy New York (Board Member).

In addition, Teresa serves on the following boards and committees: the Ethel Walker School (Trustee), The Women’s Building (Advisory Committee), Women’s Campaign School at Yale (Board Member), the NYS Council on Women & Girls (Steering Committee), and Girl Scouts USA (Board Member).

Younger previously served as the executive director of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and as executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut – making her the first African American and the first woman to hold that position.


GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

 

Geeta Aiyer

Geeta Aiyer combines over 30 years of experience in finance, with passion for environmental and social justice. Under her leadership, Boston Common has built a strong investment record, and meaningfully improved the policies and practices of portfolio companies through impactful, proactive Shareowner Engagement. The firm is a “Best for the World” honoree within the global B Corp community.

In 2016, Geeta was honored by Investment News, as an Innovator whose new ideas and tools have propelled the industry forward. The 2017 UN Global Compact Report on Business Impact on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) featured Geeta as a leader in the financial sector. Geeta is the recipient of the Joan Bavaria Award at the CERES conference in 2015 for Building Sustainability into the Capital Markets and the SRI Service Award (2013), recognizing leadership and innovation in SRI (Sustainable, Responsible, Impact) investing.

Before Boston Common, Geeta was President of Walden Asset Management, and has worked at US Trust Company (Boston) and Cambridge Associates. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School; BA (Hons) and MA degrees from the University of Delhi, India. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Geeta serves on the Board and Investment Committee of NRDC. She is also on the board of the Better Future Project in Massachusetts. She is co-founder and board chair of DAWN Worldwide, an NGO addressing gender-based violence. Geeta has previously served on the boards of the Sierra Club Foundation, and YW Boston. From 2015-2017, she served on the Board of UN PRI.

Patty Alleman

Patty Alleman is the UNICEF Senior Gender and Development Advisor in the New York headquarters. In this position since February 2016, her work includes partnerships and external communication, and innovative solutions for gender equality results in development and humanitarian settings. Before UNICEF, she worked for seven years with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), including in the Asia Regional Office in Bangkok, where she served as Senior Gender Advisor for Asia. In this capacity, she provided support to over a dozen USAID country offices to reduce gender disparities in all development outcomes via innovative strategies, creative partnerships and rigorous programming. She also designed and led research to advance gender lens investing in Asia, which includes multi-partner investments to achieve financial results as well as gender-equitable social change. Prior to Bangkok she served as Senior Health Policy and Gender Advisor in the Global Health Bureau in Washington DC. In this role, she advised numerous country offices globally, including in Central America, South Asia and across Africa. Before USAID she worked for Family Health International as a Health Researcher, supporting social science studies in the areas of HIV and reproductive health, primarily in southern Africa, India and Vietnam. She has master’s degrees in anthropology and public health, with a strong background in governance and policy, strategic partnerships, and research. She started her international development career over 20 years ago as a Peace Corps volunteer in Poland.

Chris Andersen

Chris Andersen has served as InFaith Community Foundation’s Executive Director since its inception in 1995. Since 1995, outright and deferred gifts to InFaith have grown to more than $1 billion, with nearly $18 million annually being distributed to charities and causes worldwide. Prior to InFaith, Chris managed community and nonprofit lending programs, and supervised corporate and private foundations, at First Banks and Marquette Banks. He has helped create six nonprofit organizations and served on the board of 10 more, including Lutheran Services in America and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services.

Previously, Chris worked as an architect and in real estate development.  He did his undergraduate work at Gustavus Adolphus College and the University of Minnesota and received his MBA from the University of Washington.

Rini Banerjee

Rini Banerjee has been working in the philanthropic sector for the last 17 years. Currently, Rini is a strategic advisor at Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health. From 2012-2016, Rini served as the first Executive Director of the Foundation for a Just Society (FJS). Rini led the start-up phase of this recently formed private global foundation funding women, girls and LGBT rights work in the U.S., Francophone West Africa, South + Southeast Asia, and Central America.

Before joining FJS, she was a Senior Program Officer at the Overbrook Foundation, where she implemented and oversaw domestic and international grants portfolios in human rights, youth organizing, reproductive rights and justice, human trafficking, and progressive movement building. Previously, she was the Program Director at the New York Women’s Foundation, and held positions at UNICEF, UNDP, and at several community-based organizations working in the women’s rights and social justice fields. Earlier in her career, she worked as a financial analyst for the Investment Division of Citibank/Citicorp in NYC and marketing department at the Samuel Goldwyn Company. She is currently a Trustee of the Mertz Gilmore Foundation and Board member of the Funders for Reproductive Equity. Rini has been involved with co-creating and serving on many steering committees including establishing the newly formed Philanthropy Advancing Women’s Human Rights, Groundswell Fund, and the Funders Collaborative on Youth Organizing. She was the Board Chair of the Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) and past board member of South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!). She also co-founded the Asian Women’s Giving Circle in NYC. Rini has a master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University with a concentration in human rights and economic development and a BS in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Lori Heise

Lori Heise has over 25 years of experience working in the areas of gender equality, social change and women’s health, first as an activist practitioner, and later as a researcher. Early in her career she founded and led two women’s health organizations—one dedicated to sexual and reproductive health and rights and a second focused on women’s HIV prevention needs. Working to prevent violence against women and girls has been the central focus of her life’s work. She is an internationally recognized expert on the causes and consequences of violence against women and currently serves as co-founder and Technical Director of the Prevention Collaborative, a new global initiative designed to strengthen the ability of key actors to implement cutting edge violence prevention programs informed by research-based evidence, practice-based learning and feminist principles. Recently she joined the Faculty of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she conducts research on violence, social norms and intersectional health disparities and serves as Co-investigator on “What Works to Prevent Violence,” a 6 year, multi-million-dollar project to reduce gender-based violence (GBV) in low and middle-income countries. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, she was a Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where she was Co-Director of STRIVE, an international research consortium dedicated to studying the structural drivers of HIV, including gender inequalities, stigma and criminalization, lack of livelihood options and alcohol use and harmful drinking norms.

Sara Kriksciun

Sara Kriksciun is a lifelong advocate for ending gender-based violence.  She currently serves as Senior Advisor/Chief Partnerships Officer and member of the executive team for Futures Without Violence, an organization dedicated to preventing gender-based violence in all its forms. Her work in international women’s rights has led her to partnerships in over 40 countries, with recent leadership positions at CARE International, EngenderHealth and the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, where she designed a 5-year, $400 million strategic plan, endorsed by the UN Secretary General and UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign. Sara has served as a strategist and consultant for community-based organizations in Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Niger, Liberia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Mexico, helping them to gain long-term sustainability and to bolster their advocacy efforts and strategic planning. She is a Fulbright Scholar and Ford-Knight Fellow and received a Master’s in International Human Rights from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Kyle Wright

Kyle Wright is CEO of Stardust, a family office that oversees a dynamic portfolio of projects, investments, and social benefit ventures.  For nearly a decade, he has lead Stardust’s strategic initiatives, including the organization’s commitment to align its investment portfolio with social justice principles. Kyle is a key advisor to the Stardust Fund, a philanthropic endeavor dedicated to social participation and power of excluded and exploited people. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Texas Civil Rights Project and Transparentem, and is a member of the Houston Area Council on Human Trafficking and Houston College of Law Clinics Advisory Council.  A Texas native, Kyle holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D., cum laude, from South Texas College of Law.

Teresa Younger

Teresa C. Younger has served as President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the oldest women’s foundation in the United States, since 2014. Under Teresa’s leadership, the Foundation launched #MyFeminismIs, a multimedia campaign sparking a national conversation on feminism; funded a groundbreaking report on the sexual abuse to prison pipeline; joined leading women’s foundations at the White House to announce a $100 million funding commitment to create pathways to economic opportunity for low-income women and girls; and led a campaign to hold the NFL accountable for violence against women.

A noted speaker, advocate, and activist, Teresa has been on the frontlines of some of the most important battles for women’s health, safety and economic justice. She was honored by Planned Parenthood Federation of America as a Dream Keeper, given Liberty Bank’s Willard M. McRae Community Diversity Award, and named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Philanthropy” by Inside Philanthropy. A graduate of the University of North Dakota, Teresa currently serves on the board of several philanthropic and advocacy organizations and initiatives, including: Grantmakers for Girls of Color (G4GC), Black Funders for Social Justice, the ERA Coalition, ACLU Awards Committee (2017), Essie Justice Project (Board Member), Funders for Reproductive Equity (FRE) (Board member) and Philanthropy New York (Board Member).

In addition, Teresa serves on the following boards and committees: the Ethel Walker School (Trustee), The Women’s Building (Advisory Committee), Women’s Campaign School at Yale (Board Member), the NYS Council on Women & Girls (Steering Committee), and Girl Scouts USA (Board Member).

Younger previously served as the executive director of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and as executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut – making her the first African American and the first woman to hold that position.


POWER OF POLICY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Criterion’s Power of Policy Program aims to leverage existing domestic and global policies to ensure that innovative finance advances social and gender equality. The Policy Advisory Committee shares their knowledge and expertise to support strategic implementation of the Power of Policy program goals and objectives. There is urgency and need right now to embed social finance with feminist campaigns to ensure that policy decisions related to COVID-19 economic recovery adequately address gender equity and power structures. The Committee provides information, advice, and opportunities to build effective and influential government engagement in integrating gender and power lenses to innovative finance in the wake of COVID-19

Joy Anderson
Founder and President, Criterion Institute

Joy Anderson is a prominent national leader at the intersection of business and social change, whose insights and experience have helped shaped hundreds of ventures as well as the movements of impact investing and gender lens investing. She is founder and president of Criterion Institute, the leading think tank on using finance as a tool for social change, which demonstrates new possibilities through its groundbreaking research, innovative trainings, convenings and institutional engagement. In recognition of her leadership, Anderson was listed in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business.

Joy was co-founder of Good Capital with Tim Freundlich and Kevin Jones in 2006. She formerly served as faculty on leading social innovation award programs, including Unreasonable Institute and Echoing Green, advising the next generation of leaders in impact investing. As chair of the board of directors of Village Capital and through involvement in Investor’s Circle, she was actively involved in shaping early stage social investments. And through her role in developing and leading Structure Lab© workshops she has helped over 300 organizations think through their legal and financial structures.

Joy has appeared on Bloomberg and CNN, and her thought leadership has been published in ImpactAlpha and Conscious Company, among other outlets. She is the author of “A Blueprint for Women’s Funds on Using Finance as a Tool for Social Change,” published in 2017 in partnership with Global Fund for Women and Ms. Foundation, following the 2015 publication of “Gender Lens Investing in Asia,” jointly released with USAID, and Criterion’s “The State of the Field of Gender Lens Investing.”

Bettina Baldeschi
Chief Executive Officer, International Women’s Development Agency

Bettina has been the CEO of International Women’ Development Agency since late 2017. Joining IWDA in 2012 as IWDA’s Director of Communications and Fundraising, Bettina led the transformation of the organisation’s brand identity, media profile and communications strategy. Under her leadership, IWDA was awarded two Fundraising Institute of Australia awards, and delivered the organisation’s most successful fundraising appeal to date. Over 28,000 new supporters joined IWDA under Bettina’s leadership during this time. Bettina later served as the Director of IWDA’s Individual Deprivation Measure (IDM) program, which is a partnership between the Australian National University (ANU), the International Women’s Development Agency and the Australian Government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Working closely with the ANU, Bettina and the IWDA IDM team tested a world-first, gender-sensitive and multidimensional measure of poverty. During this time, Bettina presented the IDM at global events, driving communications strategy, forming international networks, and paving the way for the IDM’s global use. Before joining IWDA, Bettina held a number of executive roles with Oxfam Great Britain, working across a team of 5000 staff in 90+ countries and she has also worked with UNHCR in Canberra. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Masters in Women’s Studies (Gender and Development) from the University of Oxford.

Chris Eaton
Executive Director, World University Service of Canada

Chris Eaton is the Executive Director of WUSC (World University Service of Canada), a non-profit global development agency that improves education, economic, and empowerment opportunities for youth — with a particular focus on refugees and women. With a diverse background in international development, Chris has worked extensively in Canada, Eastern and Southern Africa and South and Central Asia on market systems development, governance and education programming.

Chris has bachelor’s (1989) and master’s (1991) degrees from the University of Toronto, in international development and political science, respectively. He is the past chair of the International Forum for Volunteering for Development, and a current board member of the Equality Fund – an initiative supported by the Canadian government to galvanize philanthropic and private investment funds in support of gender equality.

Amy Haddad (Chair)
Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Specialist

Amy Haddad is a gender equality and social inclusion expert with more than 20 years experience working from the grassroots through to international fora. She spent 14 years in Australian Public Service, particularly on policy and strategy related to international development, foreign policy, M&E/aid performance, human rights, and multilateralism. Most recently, she was Assistant Secretary and Principal Gender Equality Specialist for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and has represented Australia in various forums at the United Nations. Amy has worked on the Women, Peace and Security agenda; gender Lens Investing and the future of women in work; ending violence against women; and strengthening women’s meaningful political participation and leadership.

Susan Markham
Partner, Smash Strategies

Susan Markham is a passionate advocate for gender equality and female empowerment speaking often about the essential role of women in politics and development. Susan most recently served at the Unites States Agency for International Development (USAID) as the Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. In this position, she advised Agency leadership on gender policy issues, led cross-sectoral program efforts in resilience, adolescent girls’ education and energy, and represented the Agency to the White House and other departments, governments, civil society organizations and private partners. Previously, she led the efforts of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) to increase women’s political participation globally as voters, activists, candidates and officeholders. In this role, she was especially proud of her work in Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen to help women find and use their voices in their countries.

Susan worked earlier in her career in U.S. politics at EMILY’s List, where she ran the Political Opportunity Program and Campaign Corps, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), Participation 2000, and five federal and state campaigns. Susan earned degrees from George Washington University and the Ohio State University.

Loren Rodwin
Managing Director, United States Development Finance Corporation

Loren Rodwin is a Managing Director for Social Enterprise Finance in the Small and Medium Enterprise Finance Department at the United States Development Finance Corporation (DFC). Mr. Rodwin co-manages a team providing debt financing to financial institutions, financial intermediaries, funds and social enterprises in developing countries and emerging markets. This includes financing for financial access, clean and affordable energy, water and sanitation services, health care, housing, education and enhancing small holder farmer supply chains. He is also part of the DFC team implementing DFC’s gender smart investing program called 2X. Prior to his current position, Mr. Rodwin worked in DFC’s Structured Finance Department where he handled workouts and debt restructurings for a portfolio of distressed loans. In addition, he underwrote debt financing transactions in the financial services, agriculture and mining sectors.

Prior to joining DFC in 2001, Mr. Rodwin worked as a Senior Financial Analyst at K&M Engineering and Consulting Corporation focusing on private power transactions. Mr. Rodwin began his career at the Chase Manhattan Bank, where he worked as a Credit Analyst, Credit Auditor, Financial Institutions Credit Officer in the Tokyo Branch, and a Client Service Officer underwriting real estate finance transactions.

Mr. Rodwin is a graduate of Brown University, the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business.

Laurie Spengler
Courageous Capital Advisors Founder and CEO

Laurie J. Spengler is an impact investment banker, board member and active contributor to the impact investing industry. Among her current board engagements, she serves as a non-executive director of the CDC Group (the UK DFI), the UK Impact Investing Institute and Bridges Insights. Laurie serves as Global Ambassador to the Global Steering Group on Impact Investing and is Senior Fellow and Advisory Council member at Casei3 at the Fuqua Business School. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Laurie is a frequent speaker and preferred interviewer at industry convenings on topics ranging from impact investing, values-based banking, gender smart investing to inclusive and sustainable economics and more. Her increasingly regular writings are gaining traction with new audiences expressing interest in building a more resilient future for all.

Laurie is CEO of Courageous Capital Advisors, LLC, an impact investing advisory firm dedicated to generating outsized positive impact by providing targeted strategy, transaction and governance services. Previously, Laurie was CEO of Enclude Ltd. and Enclude Capital UK Limited, formerly part of the ShoreBank and Triodos family of companies, and now a Palladium Company. Prior to building Enclude Capital, Laurie was founder and CEO of Central European Advisory Group, a regional advisory firm she sold to her management team in 2005. She also worked as an attorney with the New York, Brussels and Prague offices of White & Case. Laurie has a JD from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree from Stanford University.

Teresa C. Younger
President and CEO, Ms. Foundation

Teresa C. Younger has served as President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the oldest women’s foundation in the United States, since 2014. Under Teresa’s leadership, the Foundation launched #MyFeminismIs, a multimedia campaign sparking a national conversation on feminism; funded a groundbreaking report on the sexual abuse to prison pipeline; joined leading women’s foundations at the White House to announce a $100 million funding commitment to create pathways to economic opportunity for low-income women and girls; and led a campaign to hold the NFL accountable for violence against women.

A noted speaker, advocate, and activist, Teresa has been on the frontlines of some of the most important battles for women’s health, safety and economic justice. She was honored by Planned Parenthood Federation of America as a Dream Keeper, given Liberty Bank’s Willard M. McRae Community Diversity Award, and named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Philanthropy” by Inside Philanthropy. A graduate of the University of North Dakota, Teresa currently serves on the board of several philanthropic and advocacy organizations and initiatives, including: Grantmakers for Girls of Color (G4GC), Black Funders for Social Justice, the ERA Coalition, ACLU Awards Committee (2017), Essie Justice Project (Board Member), Funders for Reproductive Equity (FRE) (Board member) and Philanthropy New York (Board Member).

In addition, Teresa serves on the following boards and committees: the Ethel Walker School (Trustee), The Women’s Building (Advisory Committee), Women’s Campaign School at Yale (Board Member), the NYS Council on Women & Girls (Steering Committee), and Girl Scouts USA (Board Member).

Younger previously served as the executive director of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and as executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut – making her the first African American and the first woman to hold that position.


ADVISORS AND PARTNERS

Suzanne Biegel, Advisor

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Suzanne Biegel is founder of Catalyst At Large Ltd, with more than 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur, social impact angel and venture investor, philanthropist, board member, and hands-on operational manager. She founded the Clearly Social Angels network in the UK for ClearlySo and serves as a senior adviser there. Her consultancy is focused on impact investing with a women and girls lens.  She is the Investment Director for SPRING, a venture accelerator focused on companies that improve the lives of adolescent girls in East Africa.  She is a Senior Adviser at the Criterion Institute, on our gender work. She serves on the global advisory council for the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, and is a Wharton and Penn alumnae.  Suzanne serves on the board of Confluence Philanthropy in the US, a network of foundations moving their capital into mission related investing, and founded and runs Women in Social Finance, in London.  She is a fellow at the Aspen Institute. She speaks and writes frequently on the topic of impact investing.  Suzanne has been based primarily in London for the past five years.

Sarah Kaplan, Advisor

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Sarah Kaplan is Director of the Institute for Gender + the Economy at the Rotman School and University of Toronto Distinguished Professor of Gender and the Economy.

She is co-author of the New York Times business bestseller, Creative Destruction, challenging the notion of sustainable competitive advantage and the myth of excellence. She has recently co-edited Survive and Thrive: Winning Against Strategic Threats to Your Business.

Her research explores how framing processes of managers and entrepreneurial actors affect the evolution of technologies and fields, organizational response to change, and strategy making inside organizations. Her studies examine the biotechnology, fiber optics, personal digital assistant, financial services and nanotechnology fields. Her interest in gender lens investing is in understanding how whole new ecosystems can be built.

Formerly a professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a consultant and innovation specialist for nearly a decade at McKinsey & Company in New York, she completed her doctoral research in Management of Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. She is currently a Senior Editor at Organization Science, and formerly Guest Editor of a special issue on new research methods at the Strategic Management Journal, and an Associate Editor at the Academy of Management Annals.

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