Steering Committee

 

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Geeta Aiyer, CFA, President and Founder, Boston Common Asset Management*

Geeta Aiyer combines training and experience in finance with passion for the environment and social justice. Under Geeta’s leadership, Boston Common, now over $2 billion in assets under management, has built a strong investment record and substantially improved the policies and practices of portfolio companies through shareowner engagement since the firm’s inception in 2003. Read her full bio here.

 

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Garrett P. Ashley, Vice Chancellor, University Relations and Advancement, The California State University* 

Garrett P. Ashley is vice chancellor of University Relations and Advancement for the California State University, providing oversight for systemwide fundraising, governmental affairs, community relations, alumni relations, communications and public affairs since November 2008.  His division highlights the system’s positive role in California while advocating for public higher education interests. Read his full bio here.

 

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Joe Biernat, Trustee, Gettysburg College*

Joe Biernat is Chief Investment Officer of Permian Global an environmental investment company. Previously he was a director and the Chief Investment Strategist at European Credit Management (ECM) where he served as a managing board member from 2000 to its sale to Wachovia/Wells Fargo in 2007. Read his full bio here.

 

 

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Richard Bookbinder, Investment Committee Member and Senior Advisor to the Alex Brown Student Investment Program, Washington College

Richard Bookbinder is Senior Advisor  to the Alex. Brown Student Investment Program at Washington College, and serves on the Washington College Board of Visitors and Governors Investment Committee. He has served as an external advisor to the Wharton Hedge Fund Club at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Read his full bio here.

 

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Chris Davis, Director and Chief of Staff of INCR, Ceres

Chris Davis directs the Investor Program at Ceres, a nonprofit organization focused on sustainable business and investment strategies and practices. He is chief of staff of the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR).  Chris works with North American institutional investors and asset managers on climate change and other ESG issues that present material investment risks and opportunities. Read his full bio here. 

 

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Felicia Davis, Managing Director, Building Green Campuses, Clark Atlanta University 

Felicia M. Davis, directs the Building Green Initiative housed at Clark Atlanta University within the Atlanta University Center-the largest consortium of historically black colleges and universities in the nation.  Created by UNCF, the program advances green building and other sustainability efforts at historically black, Hispanic-serving and tribal colleges and universities.   Davis is committed to helping Black colleges and other special mission institutions make the transition to a more environmentally and economically sustainable future. Read her full bio here.

 

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David Dinerman, Trustee, Hampshire College*

David Dinerman is a trustee at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he is Vice Chair, and heads the Finance and Investment Committees. David is an attorney who has worked in financial services, software, manufacturing, and real estate, principally as the CFO of companies in which he has worked. Read his full bio here.

  

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Alice DonnaSelva, Investment Consultant, Prime Buchholz*

Alice DonnaSelva joined Prime Buchholz in 2005 and has 13 years of industry experience.  Prior to becoming a Consultant, she served as a Consulting Analyst and an Investment Analyst for seven years.  Alice serves as Chair of the Firm’s Sustainable Investment Committee and is a member of the Fixed Income and Defined Benefit Committees. Read her full bio here.

  

Chris Fowle, Associate Director for Networks, United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment

Chris Fowle is an Associate Director for Networks for the UN PRI, covering the US, Canada and Latin America.  Previously he served as the Vice President of Investor Initiatives for CDP, the former Carbon Disclosure Project, for North America. Read his full bio here.

 

 

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Bennett Freeman, Former Senior VP, Sustainability Research and Policy, Calvert Investments

Mr. Freeman leads Calvert’s environmental, social and governance analysis, shareholder advocacy and public policy initiatives and its team of sustainability research analysts. He has developed the investment themes for new Calvert funds and contributed to Calvert’s leadership on issues such as Sudan divestment and human rights in Burma; extractive revenue transparency and conflict minerals; Internet freedom of expression and privacy; water sustainability and climate policy; and corporate governance and board diversity. Read his full bio here.

 

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Susan Gary, Professor, University of Oregon School of Law

Susan, the Orlando J. and Marian H. Hollis Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law, teaches trusts and estates, estate planning, and nonprofit organizations, and has written about the regulation of charities, fiduciary duties related to charities, the definition of family for inheritance purposes, donor intent in connection with restricted charitable gifts, and the use of mediation to resolve disputes in probate. Read her full bio here.

 

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Julie Gorte, VP, Pax World Investments

Julie Fox Gorte, Ph.D. is the Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing at Pax World Management LLC. She oversees Environmental, Social and Governance-related research on prospective and current investments as well as Pax’s shareholder advocacy and work on public policy advocacy. Read her full bio here.

 

Don Gould, Trustee, Pitzer College 

Don Gould is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Pitzer College and also chairs the Board's investment committee. Don has been on the front lines in implementing the college’s recent decision to divest its endowment from fossil fuel stocks and incorporate ESG factors into its portfolio construction. Don Gould is also the president and chief investment officer of Gould Asset Management, which he founded in 1999. Based in Claremont, California, the company manages more than $500 million for individuals, families and non-profit institutions. Read his full bio here.

 

Lisa Hayles, Institutional Investment Services, Boston Common Asset Management

Lisa works closely with members of the investment team to liaise with existing institutional clients—as well as support the development of new relationships with investors and consultants.   Previously, she was head of Client Services (North America) for EIRIS, a non-profit ESG research firm headquartered in London. Read her full bio here.

 

Paul Hilton, Partner & Portfolio Manager, Trillium Asset Management

Paul Hilton is a Partner and Portfolio Manager at Trillium. Prior to joining the firm, he was Vice President, Sustainable Investment Business Strategy at Calvert Investments. Paul also previously held senior positions within Calvert’s Equities and Marketing Departments. He has also served as Portfolio Manager for Socially Responsible Investing at The Dreyfus Corporation, then a division of Mellon Bank, and as Research Analyst in the Social Awareness Investment (SAI) program at Smith Barney Asset Management, then a division of Citigroup. Read his full bio here.

  

Jessica J. Huang, CFA, Vice President, Blackrock 

Jessica J. Huang is a member of the BlackRock Impact team and works closely with the firm's global investment teams across equity, fixed income and alternatives to develop scalable, innovative investment solutions that address clients' financial objectives alongside their social or environmental objectives. BlackRock’s sustainable investing platform provides investors with a range of sustainable investment strategies across asset classes, investment vehicles and impact profiles. Read her full bio here.

 

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Keith Johnson, Chairman, Reinhart Boarner Van Deuren*

Keith L. Johnson chairs the Institutional Investor Services Group at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.  He represents pension funds, foundations and other institutional investors globally on fiduciary, investment, governance and litigation matters. He is a member of the International Corporate Governance Network's Shareholder Rights Committee, the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board's Education Review Committee and the American College of Investment Counsel. Read his full bio here.

 

Robert E. Johnson, Chancellor, UMass Dartmouth

Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D., took office as the Chancellor of UMass Dartmouth on July 1, 2017. He believes higher education is a public good, and has dedicated his more-than- 25-year career to transforming the lives of young people. Read his full bio here.

 

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Sonia Kowal, President, Zevin Asset Management

Sonia Kowal is Zevin Asset Management's President. She is also a member of the firm's investment committee where she incorporates sustainability issues into investment decision making and oversees Zevin’s shareholder advocacy work as well as the integration of environmental and social issues into the investment process. Read her full bio here.

 

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Thomas Kuh, Executive Director, MSCI

Thomas Kuh is the Executive Director for ESG Indices at MSCI, Inc., and a leading global provider of investment decision support tools, including indices and portfolio risk and performance analytics. Prior his current role at MSCI Inc., he was Head of ESG Indices at RiskMetrics Group, which was acquired by MSCI Inc. Read his full bio here.

 

Erica Lasdon, Vice President, Research and Advocacy, Director of Sustainability Research

Ms. Lasdon is responsible for directing the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) research and analysis related to Calvert funds. She manages the ESG research process for Calvert’s equity and fixed income products and broader policy and research related to responsible investment and sustainability themes. Read her full bio here.

 

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Bob Litterman, Chairman, Risk Committee and Academic Advisory Board at Kepos Capital LP

Robert Litterman is the chairman of the Risk Committee and Academic Advisory Board at Kepos Capital LP. Prior to joining Kepos Capital in 2010, Litterman enjoyed a 23-year career at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he served in research, risk management, investments, and thought leadership roles. Read his full bio here.

   

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Alex Lamb, Trustee, Montserrat College of Art; Managing Director, Commonwealth Impact Partners

Alex Lamb is a Managing Director at Commonwealth Impact Partners. Throughout his professional career, Alex has focused on the integration of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) impact into business value creation and risk mitigation. Read his full bio here.

 

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Elizabeth Lewis, Head of Sustainable Investing, World Resource Institute 

Elizabeth leads WRI’s sustainable investment program and is responsible for developing a consortium of institutional investors to pioneer sustainable investment models to achieve substantial environmental benefits while meeting the financial objectives of their institutions. Read her full bio here.

 

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Ken Locklin, Managing Director, Impax Asset Management 

Mr. Locklin currently serves as the North American Managing Director for Impax Asset Management LLC. Impax manages $3.6 billion of public and private equity investments for major institutional clients around the world. With more than a decade of experience, it is the global investment leader in the FTSE-tracked environmental sector, investing in clean energy, resource recovery/waste management, and water processing/distribution. Read his full bio here.

 

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Maria Lettini, Director, Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return (FAIRR) Initiative

As Director of the FAIRR Initiative, Maria engages investors and stakeholders around the potential material investment risks with respect to industrialized factory farming and the related effects to global health, climate and food security.  Prior to joining FAIRR in September 2016,  she was Head of the Americas for the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), leading the PRI's signatory relations and outreach strategy to raise awareness of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues and increase ESG integration across the financial markets. Read her full bio here.

 

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Tom Mitchell, Managing Director, Cambridge Associates*

Tom Mitchell is a Managing Director in Cambridge Associates’ Arlington, VA office. He leads a number of relationships with colleges & universities, foundations, and private clients ranging in size from $30 million to $4 billion. Tom advises on total investment program management, inclusive of issues such as governance, strategy, portfolio construction, manager diligence and selection, and ongoing monitoring and evaluation. Read his full bio here.

 

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Robert Nava, CEO, San Francisco State University Foundation

Robert J. Nava joined SF State as vice president for University Advancement in August 2010. Units reporting to him include: Development, University Communications, Alumni Relations, Special Events, Government Relations, Athletics, Advancement Services and the San Francisco State Foundation. Read his full bio here.

  

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Morgan Olsen, CFO, Arizona State University

Dr. Morgan R. Olsen is Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer at Arizona State University. He serves as Arizona State University’s chief business and financial officer, and holds an appointment as Professor of Practice in the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education. Read his full bio here. 

  

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Mark Orlowski, Executive Director, Sustainable Endowments Institute

Mark Orlowski is the founder and executive director of the Sustainable Endowments Institute, a Cambridge-based special project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Mark leads the Institute's research and outreach efforts on college sustainability initiatives including the Billion Dollar Green Challenge. Read his full bio here.

   

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Erika Pagel, Portfolio Manager, Brown Advisory 

Erika Pagel is a portfolio manager in the Boston office at Brown Advisory where she manages balanced accounts for private and institutional clients. Ms. Pagel has nearly 20 years of investment management experience. Prior to Brown Advisory, she was an investment advisor at Silver Bridge Advisors. Read her full bio here.

  

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Jameela Pedicini, Director, Asset Management, Perella Weinberg Partners

Prior to joining Perella Weinberg Partners, Ms. Pedicini was Vice President of Sustainable Investing at the Harvard Management Company, where she was responsible for developing and leading its sustainable investment strategy. Prior to that, Ms. Pedicini was an Investment Officer at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, where she led the development and implementation of a variety of strategic ESG integration initiatives. Read her full bio here.

 

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Leslie Samuelrich, President, Green Century Fund

Ms. Samuelrich leads Green Century Capital Management, directing the firm’s investment strategies, business development, communications and shareholder advocacy. Prior to joining Green Century, Ms. Samuelrich served as the Chief of Staff at Corporate Accountability International and Executive Director of Green Corps, where she was responsible for strategic planning, increasing revenue sources and building strong brand awareness. Read her full bio here.

 

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Steve Schueth, President and Chief Marketing Officer, First Affirmative Financial Network

Steven J. Schueth is President and Chief Marketing Officer of First Affirmative Financial Network.  He served as a Director of the Social Investment Forum from 1992 to 2003, and as Chair and President of the organization from 1993 to 2002. He currently serves as a director of the Denver-based nonprofit Alliance for a Sustainable Colorado. Read his full bio here.

 

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Marcie Smith, Executive Director, Responsible Endowments Coalition 

Marcie Smith is the Executive Director of the Responsible Endowments Coalition where she works with university students, alumni, administrators, and trustees to align endowment investments with the long-term, democratic mission of higher education. She has been organizing youth and students around climate justice, democratic economic development, and girls' and women's rights since 2006. Read her full bio here.

 

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Tim Smith, Senior Vice President, Director of ESG Shareowner Engagement, Walden Asset Management, Boston Trust

Tim Smith is the leader of Walden’s ongoing shareholder engagement program to promote greater corporate leadership on environmental, social, and governance issues (ESG). This includes company dialogues, shareholder proposals, proxy voting, and public policy advocacy. Among the areas Walden focuses on are sustainability reporting, political spending and lobbying, board diversity, executive compensation and governance, supply chain standards,water use, and human rights. Read his full bio here.

 

Joan E. Steel, Trustee, Loyola University Chicago

Ms. Steel is a financial wealth consultant well-known for her sound business judgment, deep technical knowledge base and collaborative problem solving skills. She founded Alpha Wealth Advisors, LLC in 2009 to provide independent investment consulting and customized financial solutions for CEOs, family offices, and private foundations.  Prior to founding her firm, Ms. Steel was a senior vice-president with the global asset management firm, the Capital Group in Private Client Services. Read her full bio here.

 

Carl Vance, CIO, Lewis & Clark College*

Carl Vance joined the Lewis & Clark administration in 2006 after 21 years of service as chief investment officer at Occidental and Linfield colleges. He currently serves as Lewis and Clark's Chief Investment Officer. Read his full bio here.

  

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Steve Viederman, Chair, Finance Committee, Christopher Reynolds Foundation 

My vocation is Grandparenting—doing what I can to leave options open for my grandchildren and all children. I am involved in advocacy, writing, speaking, and consulting on a wide range of issues. These topics include sustainable investing and fiduciary duty; philanthropy and democracy; higher education and public policy; the limits of corporate responsibility; and economic and environmental justice and community governance. Read his full bio here.

  

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Heidi Welsh, Executive Director, Sustainable Investments Institute

Heidi Welsh, the founding executive director of the Sustainable Investments Institute (Si2), has analyzed and written about corporate responsibility issues for more than two decades. She oversees Si2's operations and research. Welsh was the lead author of Si2's two studies about the corporate governance of political spending in the S&P 500, published in 2010 and 2011 with the IRRC Institute. Read her full bio here.

 

 

  

 *Member of the Executive Committee

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