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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.

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.

 

Shirley Chowdhary

Shirley ChowdharyShirley is an internationally experienced board director with a diverse set of credentials across law, financial services, funds management, the NFP sector and journalism. Admitted as a lawyer in Australia and the State of New York, she has extensive cross-border experience across Asia. She is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion, and has invested throughout her career to address these issues. This work was recognized when she was selected as one of the 2019 AFR 100 Women of Influence.

One of Shirley’s most recent executive roles includes being Chief Executive Officer for the GO Foundation, an Australian Indigenous organization founded by Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin, providing holistic support and pathways for Indigenous students in Australia. She has also recently had a short contract role as the Executive for Governance, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability at an Australian ASX 50 listed energy company focusing on a transition to Net Zero.

Other career highlights include being an Associate at Cleary Gottlieb, a New York law firm, Regional Counsel Asia Pacific for JP Morgan Investment Management, host of the Women’s Agenda podcast series The Leadership Lessons and author of a range of writings including a biography for a WW2 POW.

Shirley now has a portfolio that supports organizations to build collaborative ecosystems connecting shareholder value with a deeper connection to impact and purpose. She believes fiercely in diversity and inclusion as tools for innovation.

Shirley is currently a non-executive director on the board of the Australian Associated Press, Chair of the Advisory Board of Octadoc, a health tech startup, and is consulting with a number of diverse organizations including the Criterion Institute. Shirley is a keynote speaker and presenter for Saxton Speakers and her portfolio includes an extensive array of mentoring and volunteering.

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.

Kelli Ray Gibson

Kelli Ray GibsonKelli Ray Gibson was delighted to join Criterion Institute in November 2021 to help support the HR policy work and organizational culture.

Gibson came to Criterion with an abundance of accomplishments working with individuals and organizations to help them achieve their goals. She spent her early career working in human development, specializing in technical skill assistance and strategic interventions for individuals with intellectual and behavioral differences. Desiring more educational advocacy work, she transitioned her focus to systems change work within non-profit institutions. She most recently worked as a strategic content coordinator, educating individuals on how to think more critically and ethically about the communities they serve.

Gibson holds a dual Bachelor’s degree from Central Connecticut State University in Psychology and Criminology. She also holds a master’s degree in ethics from Yale Divinity School where she concentrated primarily on the intersection between law and religion, focusing extensively on the association between trauma, faith, and human flourishing.

Melanie Hilton

Melanie works on the Feminist Financial Imagination Program, where she focuses on using finance as a tool to advance transformative gender equality outcomes. Melanie specializes in feminist lens programing, policy analysis and strategy development to address violence against women and girls in peace and conflict environments, gender responsive governance, and security sector reform. As a gender trainer, Melanie is skilled in developing and using participatory approaches that build trust and facilitate dialogue between a range of local actors and public service systems.

With experience leading gender-responsive interventions, Melanie managed programs that increased urban safety and access to justice for women and girls in Zimbabwe, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Kenya. In Ghana and Nigeria, she worked with faith-based groups to address social and cultural normative structures that discriminate against women and girls. In Myanmar, she undertook a gender needs assessment within Rohingya communities, researched the gender inclusivity of peace agreements, and served as a consultant for U.N. Women’s peace, security, and migration programs. As ActionAid Myanmar’s women’s rights advisor, she managed multi-donor projects and provided technical support for the Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters consortium. Melanie also worked to support women’s political leadership in Kenya, extend civil family law to Muslim women in Nepal, and trained India’s administrative officers on inclusive governance strategies and rural development. As Assistant Professor at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration ‘s Center for Rural Studies she led assessments of land reform policies that specifically target members of India’s schedule caste and tribe communities and facilitated consultative forums with India’s National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development to streamline loan processes for small holder farmers and women’s self-help groups.

Melanie is a graduate of Muskingum University and, as a recipient of Rotary International’s Ambassadorial Scholarship, earned a Master’s in Global Politics and Law from the University of Sheffield. While a student, Melanie interned with the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, the U.S. Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C., and served as a fellow at the Former U.S. Senator John Glenn Institute for Public Policy.

Kierith Jones

Kierith A. JonesKierith joined Criterion Institute in 2021 to help lead the process standards program to support gender equality and address power dynamics in innovative finance. In addition, she provides strategic and operational guidance to entrepreneurs, social enterprises and non-governmental organizations. She also advises individual investors seeking a better understanding of financial markets and looking to transition to values-aligned investing across asset classes.

She is a veteran community organizer with decades of experience leading LGBTQ+, reproductive rights, voting rights and election protection initiatives. She is also a Pro Bono Arbitrator for the City and County of San Francisco, Department of Supportive and Transitional Housing and a member of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project (WRRAP), the largest independent abortion fund in the United States. Formerly, she was a member of the Board of Directors of The Empire State Pride Agenda.

Previously, Kierith was an international corporate finance and governance attorney, first for Cleary Gottlieb (NY and Paris) and later, Wilson Sonsini (Silicon Valley), where she spent over a decade representing multi-national institutional investment firms and corporations on complex financial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and regulatory compliance matters. She also regularly advised Boards of Directors of public, private and nonprofit institutions.

Kierith is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, L’Université Paris, La Sorbonne and New York University School of Law. She is a member of the Bar of the State of New York.

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 ofsocial 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.

David O’Leary

David O’Leary is a wealth management expert, impact investment professional, public speaker, and writer. David spends his time as Founder & Principal of Kind Wealth, a holistic wealth management practice helping next generation changemakers (entrepreneurs, business owners, athletes, academics, etc.) manage their money in a way that matches their values. David also produces and hosts The Impact Investing Podcast and is a frequent speaker at conferences and in the media (The Globe & Mail, The Toronto Star, BNN Bloomberg, CNBC Africa, etc.).

Previously, David was Managing Director of Origin Capital, the impact investing division of World Vision Canada. Prior to that he co-founded Eden Valley Partners, an advisory practice managing discretionary portfolios and providing financial planning to high net worth Canadians. David spent the first 13 years of his career with Morningstar in both Canada and South Africa in a variety of Director level roles where he specialized in Investment Manager Research.

David holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Toronto, an MBA from the Rotman School of Business, the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, and the Qualified Associate Financial Planner® (QAFP) designation. He is also working toward the Certified Professional Impact Analyst (CPIA) designation at Queens University.

Jinita Prasad

Having worked in the private sector for more than 15 years, Jinita moved from mainstream finance to development finance, using her strong business and technical skills to implement development programs that support social enterprises and SMEs.

She currently serves on the board of VB Holdings Ltd, a publicly listed company in Fiji.

Based in Sydney, Jinita’s professional network within the private and public sector across the Pacific remains strong, enabling her to identify opportunities and risks for clients and stakeholders.

Jinita has previously served as the CEO for South Pacific Stock Exchange playing a critical role in developing Fiji’s capital markets. Given her passion for women’s economic empowerment and SME development, Jinita also served as the vice president for Women in Business Fiji and was an executive for the Suva Chamber of Commerce and Industry for a number of years.

Jinita holds a BA in Accounting and Financial Management from University of the South Pacific (USP) and a graduate diploma from Financial Services Institute of Australasia in Applied Finance and Investment and was and a co-facilitator for MBA Finance Class at USP.

Samira Saif

Syeda Samira Saif is an Monitoring and Results Measurement practitioner with over twelve years of experience in the field of systems development with a focus on results measurement and women’s economic empowerment (WEE). She has designed and managed results measurement and learning frameworks for a range of programs working with teams spanning across Asia and the Pacific region. She has been involved in leading various social and economic research focused on gendered analysis and has been involved in conducting evaluations for multi-country programs for a number of donors including Global Affairs Canada, DFAT Australia, FCDO UK and UN organisations. Samira has an MSc in International Development with a concentration in Economic Development Policy from the London School of Economics. She loves to travel and learn more about new cultures through food and conversations and in her spare time she plays music or atleast tries to!

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, impact investing, communications, content development, research, writing, editing, and marketing, as well as professional and personal experience with a range of gender 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 business development 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 reproductive justice, currently serving on the board 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.

Karen Tsang

Karen Tsang joined Criterion Institute to work with the process standards program to support gender equality and address power dynamics in innovative finance.

Karen was a barrister in Hong Kong with a focus on commercial litigation. She has represented clients in multi-billion dollar disputes, dealing with complex financial products, company governance, and commercial transactions. She has also acted in judicial reviews engaging questions of constitutional rights. Previously, Karen worked in competition law and policy for the UK Government’s Competition and Markets Authority. She also has experience in administering arbitrations at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, in researching and designing social impact bonds in Hong Kong, and in researching and editing publications on conflict-related sexual violence and international constitutional law.

On the side, Karen runs the Centre for Gender Lens Investing in Asia, a think tank dedicated to building gender lens investing eco-systems in varied regions and contexts in Asia.

Karen holds a BCL (Masters in Law) and a BA in Jurisprudence (BA in Law) from the University of Oxford. She is a member of the Hong Kong Bar.

 


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.

Ellen Friedman

Ellen Friedman is a proven organizational leader who has worked at the intersection of philanthropy, new social sector organizations and transformative social and environmental change. She is the former Executive Director at the Compton Foundation, which seeks to ignite change toward a sustainable, just, and peaceful future. Previously Ellen served as the executive vice president of Tides where she worked for 23 years with individual donors and other social change activists. During her tenure at Tides, between 1999 and 2005, Ellen led the Community Clinics Initiative, a partnership between The California Endowment and Tides, which supported the technology capacity development of California’s Community Health Centers. Ellen brings to her work a deep interest in organizational design and leadership, innovative grant program development and implementation, and a passion for transformative social change around the world. She is a trustee of Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund and a member of The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Advisory Board.

Ellen is the proud mother of two adult children and sings, hikes, and cooks for friends and family whenever she can.

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.

James Johnson-Piett

James Johnson-Piett is Principal and CEO of Urbane, a social impact agency strengthening small businesses and community anchor institutions in historically disinvested communities. James has worked in 100+ communities across North America/Caribbean, with 1500 small businesses, representing 1.5MM+ SF of commercial and community facility space. James has helped raise over $75MM for small business and community development initiatives.

James spearheads Urbane’s place-based investment platform, including Caton Flats, the $135MM mixed-use development project featuring the redevelopment of Flatbush Caton Market and 255 units of affordable housing in Brooklyn; and represents Philadelphia and Brooklyn, respectively, as part of the Boston Impact Initiative’s national network of fund managers working to develop blended capital, place-based investment vehicles explicitly focused on racial and economic justice.

Currently, James serves as a board director of The Merchants Fund (Philadelphia) and Community Solutions, Inc. (NYC). James is also an advisory board member for All Together Now PA. James was named an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar in 2019, 40 under 40 Rising Star by Hunter College Food Policy Center and one of the 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture by Brooklyn Magazine. James is an alumnus of Swarthmore College and MIT’s Center for Real Estate, Professional Development Institute.

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.

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.

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.

Lisa Kleissner

Growing up in Hawai’i, Lisa Kleissner learned how to “dance” between the indigenous and western cultures of her Hawaiian father and her Haole mother. The indigenous concepts of reciprocity, abundance and scarcity, and how these concepts play out in a remote island economy, inform her local and global work, both with how she is present in that work and how she influences the investment of her family’s assets. Island economies are the canary in the global coal mine. Our ancestors showed us how to live sustainably on our planet. How can we acknowledge and honor their wisdom in our daily practice?

Organizations Lisa has had a hand in co-creating and/or leading include the KL Felicitas Foundation, Hawaiʻi Investment Ready, Toniic Institute, The Philanthropy Workshop, and Social-Impact International. She is an Advisory Board and Investment Committee member of Aqua-Spark and a board member of Real Good Fish. Her advisory roles include Criterion Institute’s Gender-Based Violence Advisory Committee and the Industree Foundation. In her hometown, she serves as the Treasurer of the Community Association of Big Sur.

When she is not writing, researching coaching or presenting, in order to move the impact agenda forward, Lisa spends time being in a state of awe about how lucky we are to be a part of a growing movement of conscious leaders who envision and are actively building a better world.

Mendy Marsh

Mendy is an expert in addressing violence against women and girls, as well as promoting their leadership and expertise. Professionally, she has an impressive career, including notable work at UNICEF, where she handled the Global Violence Against Women and Girls in Emergencies portfolio. Mendy has shaped policy, raised millions of dollars, defined cutting-edge interventions to promote the empowerment of women and girls in conflict and disaster contexts, and driven UN entities, NGOs, and research organizations to develop some of the most innovative tools in the sector. While at UNICEF she also drove the creation of a global team of recognized experts that trained and mentored over 3,500 humanitarian actors on preventing and responding to risks of violence against women and girls across 18 countries. Mendy’s work helped UNICEF provide services to 4.6 million women girls in humanitarian settings across 53 countries.

As co-founder and Executive Director of VOICE, her mission is to amplify the voices of women and girls, to ensure that conflict and disaster responses are centered on what they know they need. VOICE is working towards a world in which women and girls are respected leaders in designing and implementing solutions to eradicate violence, both in their communities and within the halls of power. The organization partners with and mobilizes women and girls themselves—a proven but chronically underused resource—to help aid agencies do better.

Mendy has master’s degrees in both Public Health and Social Work from Columbia University, and she is the author of several articles on reproductive health and violence against women and girls, the most recent of which includes her op-ed in Ms. Magazine.

Michael Ring

Michael Ring is an assistant director with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Strategic Initiatives Department.

SEIU represents approximately two million workers in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. SEIU members primarily work in health care, property services and public services. They participate in more than 50 public pension funds and 19 private pension trusts. Together, these funds total more than $1 trillion in assets.

For over 19 years, Michael has worked with SEIU members and leaders as they organize to ensure their retirement plan benefit assets are invested in sustainable and responsible approaches that meet the highest fiduciary standards.

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.


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.

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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