Thank you for joining us at our 2016 Conference on Impact Investing & Community Finance:

The Keys to Achieving Sustainable Impact in Social & Community Ventures
March 11, 2016 | 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sophia Gordon Hall, Tufts University, Medford

This conference brought together top impact investing and community finance experts with a broad range of experience across domestic and international projects and programs. Participants from Goldman Sachs Social Finance, Acumen, ACCION International, MIT JPAL, FSG, Third Sector Capital, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston shared their insights on how to translate impact investing and community finance concepts into scalable and sustainable impact. Topics and case studies highlighted business operations execution, risk management, performance measurement and evaluation, collective community impact, “working cities” initiatives and managing impact complexity.

The 2016 Conference on Impact Investing & Community Finance was presented by:
Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service – Impact Investing and Community Finance Program
Fletcher Social Investment Group at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Tufts University Department of Economics
Tufts Gordon Institute Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies Program
Conference Chairperson: Brian Bethune, Tufts Department of Economics

Conference Schedule

10:15 a.m. Registration
10:30 a.m. Opening Remarks – Chris Swan, Associate Dean, Tisch College
10:40 a.m. Panel – International Priorities: Business Operations, Risk Management & Performance Measurement
Deborah Drake, ACCION International
Kyle Murphy, MIT JPAL
Yasmina Zaidman, Acumen
Moderator: Brian Bethune, Tufts Department of Economics
12:15 p.m. Lunch & Networking – Distler Lobby, Granoff Music Center (20 Talbot Avenue, Medford)
1:30 p.m. Panel – Domestic Priorities: Evidence-Based Policy Making, Social Finance & Social Impact Bonds
Jason Bauman, MIT JPAL
George Overholster, Third Sector Capital
Andrea Phillips, Goldman Sachs
Moderator: Chris Swan, Tisch College
3:00 p.m.  Coffee Break
3:30 p.m. Panel – Frontiers of Impact Innovation: Collective Impact, “Working Cities” & Managing Impact Complexity
Prabal Chakrabarti, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Melissa Oomer, FSG
David Parker, EforAll
Moderator: Ambereen Mizra, Lecturer in Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies, Tufts University
5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

Panelist Bios

Deborah Drake photo 2015Deborah Drake is Vice President of Investing in Inclusive Finance of the Center for Financial Inclusion at ACCION. She leads the Africa Board Fellowship Program, dedicated to strengthening governance and improving risk management and strategy for CEOs and board directors of sub-Saharan African financial institutions serving the base of the pyramid. She also directs the Financial Inclusion Equity Council (FIEC), a membership organization of private entities making equity investments in MFIs. She is a board member of the Calmeadow Foundation,  Root Capital and its Peruvian subsidiary, ACCDER.

kyle-murphyKyle Murphy is a Senior Policy Associate at J-PAL, where he helps development aid organizations implement the lessons from J-PAL’s research by writing policy briefs, performing cost-effectiveness analysis, and supporting project scale-ups. Prior to joining J-PAL, Kyle pursued a Master’s in Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, where he focused on international development and program evaluation. As a student, he was a Coverdell Fellow, a member of the second cohort of Dow Sustainability Fellows, and worked with Global Detroit and Recovery Park to help build their social impact monitoring and evaluation frameworks. Kyle served as an agricultural extensionist and volunteer coordinator for three years with the Peace Corps in Nicaragua. He also holds a B.A. in anthropology and political science from the University of Michigan.

Yasmina Zaidman  is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Acumen, where she leads its work to engage with strategic corporate partners and institutions that share Acumen’s commitment to supporting entrepreneurial approaches to tackling poverty. She initiated and managed the Water Portfolio at Acumen, and led its Communications work for six years. She has worked in the arenas of international development, corporate sustainability and social entrepreneurship for the past 17 years. She received a BA from Vassar College and her MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business with a certificate in Public Management.

Jason_BaumanJason Bauman is a Policy Manager at J-PAL North America, where he collaborates with governments, non-profit organizations, foundations, and private enterprises to develop rigorous evidence on policies and programs that impact poverty and to support evidence-based policymaking, funding, and programming decisions. Jason’s work focuses on health care delivery, education, crime, and criminal justice. Prior to joining J-PAL, Jason worked as a transactional lawyer at Foley Hoag LLP and as a research assistant at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. An experienced mediator, Jason is a member of the Harvard Mediation Program and has served on the program’s training corps. Jason holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and B.A. in Quantitative Economics from Tufts University.

OverholserGeorge Overholster is the Founder of Third Sector Capital Partners, where he focuses on assembling a talented, passionate, and diverse team  to strengthen the performance-driven social sector. Previously, George was a member of Capital One’s founding management team, where he headed up strategy and oversaw the launch of 20 new businesses. In 2003 he transitioned full-time to a social sector focus, eventuall founding NFF Capital Partners, a divison of Nonprofit Finance Fund that helped 16 high-performing startups secure over $300 million of philanthropic growth capital. He graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Physics and has an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

AP Bio PhotoAndrea Phillips is a Vice President in the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group and the Head of the GS Social Impact Fund. In addition to launching the first domestic impact investing fund sponsored by a major US financial institution, Ms. Phillips also leads the firm’s social impact bond and economic development investing, and developed the Access to Capital program as part of the 10,000 Small Businesses initiative. She led the first two social impact bond transactions in the U.S., helping pioneer the innovative financing structure that directly links positive social outcomes with financial return, leverages private capital to address policy priorities, and increases the efficiency of government spending. Prior to Goldman Sachs, she spent 20 years developing small business, workforce and community development programs and provided strategic and operational planning services to a variety of public and private sector clients. Ms. Phillips holds a BA from Tufts University and a MA in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

ChakrabartiPrabal Chakrabarti is Senior Vice-President at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in the Regional and Community Outreach department, which focuses on economic growth for low and moderate income people. He has published and presented research on community development topics such as affordable housing, venture capital in secondary cities, and urban business development. He plays a key role in designing and implementing a competition to revitalize smaller cities called the Working Cities Challenge. Previously, Prabal was at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, where he led a research effort under Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter to measure economic competitiveness in America’s inner cities. Prabal previously served in the U.S. Treasury in economic policy and he co-wrote a UNDP report Unleashing Entrepreneurship: Making Business Work for the Poor.

Melissa_Oomer_480Melissa Oomer is the Associate Director at FSG, bringing years of experience in social sector consulting, financial analysis, and market research analytics. She has helped establish an initiative in Dallas comprised of over 100 organizations working together to prevent and reduce childhood obesity. Most recently, Melissa spent over a year in Douglas County, NE, to start a collective impact effort for juvenile justice. Melissa also has global development experience in both shared value and catalytic philanthropy. Prior to FSG, Melissa worked at Marketing and Planning Systems (MaPS), performing market research and analysis for Fortune 100 companies. She holds an MBA from ESADE Business School in Spain.

DavidParkerHeadshotDavid Parker is the CEO of Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll), where he works with a broad cross-section of community members in mid-sized cities to identify entrepreneurs, encourage them to propose their ideas, and then help them improve their businesses and non-profit organizations. EforAll was founded to work with entrepreneurs in the cities of Lowell and Lawrence, MA, and has nurtured over 100 startups from these cities, including many started by Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs. Prior to joining EforAll in early 2013, David spent 15 years working on six entrepreneurial ventures including TripAdvisor, Direct Hit, SoundBite, and Viaweb. David has an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School and a B.A. with honors from Harvard College.

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