Meredith Benton, Head of Client Relations, Director, Sonen Capital
Meredith Benton leads Sonen’s client relations function, serving as Sonen’s representative to our client base.Before joining Sonen, Meredith served as a Client Portfolio & Shareholder Engagement Manager at Boston Common Asset Management, where she worked with existing and prospective clients on investment and sustainability strategies. Prior to Boston Common, Meredith was the Associate Director of Social Research at Walden Asset Management, where she coordinated the social research process and led shareholder engagement programs. She has led shareholder advocacy initiatives across a range of topics, including climate change, equal opportunity workplaces, human rights, and corporate disclosure. Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Institutional Investor and The Los Angeles Times.
Meredith is a member of the board of US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment. She also is a frequent speaker and published author on topics related to sustainable investing. Meredith holds an MBA from INSEAD, where she was awarded a Robin Cosgrove Prize for Business and Ethics, and a BA in Environmental Studies and Religion from Oberlin College.
Seren Pendleton-Knoll, Program Director, Berkeley-Haas Center for Responsible Business and Sustainable Investing & Finance Initiative
Seren manages and directs programs within the CRB focusing on sustainable investing and finance. Her content expertise has been key in developing the Berkeley Sustainable Business and Investment Forum, bringing together investors and companies focusing on the evolving concepts of risk management, capital allocation, and sustainable business practices with a focus on long-term value creation, as well as streamlining the Haas Socially Responsible Investment Fund, the first and largest student-led SRI fund within a leading business school, currently valued at over $2 Million. She also directs the CRB case studies in partnership with the Berkeley-Haas Case Series, and the Sustainable Solutions Research Program. Prior to the CRB, Seren worked in social services and youth empowerment throughout the Bay Area. She received her Master in Development Practice from UC Berkeley, and her BA with honors in Clinical Psychology and Applied Theater from Whitman College.
Betty Cremmins, Senior Manager, CDP Supply Chain , CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project)
Betty Cremmins, Senior Manager of CDP’s Supply Chain program, works with leading organizations including Walmart, Dell, Microsoft and the U.S. government to support the integration of climate change and water disclosure and action into standard purchasing practice. She has recently relocated to the Bay Area to launch CDP’s first west coast office. Previously, she offered guidance and support to thousands of companies responding to CDP’s annual Climate Change, Water and Forests information requests. She has a background in carbon footprinting, green-building and environmental policy. Betty has worked on climate change mitigation projects around the world, from the US Gulf Coast to sub-Saharan Africa to Antarctica. She holds a BA from New York University, a MPA in Environmental Science & Policy from Columbia University and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Brian has served his clients’ investment management needs since 1994. Since starting his career, he has specialized in nonprofit organizations. He has built a reputation and client base over that time that has led to national recognition and over $3 billion in group assets, of which $1.4 billion are nonprofit client assets under management. In an ongoing effort to continue professional development, Brian earned the Certified Investment Management Analyst designation under the joint auspices of the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, and the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA). He also earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation, and holds his Masters of Nonprofit Management from the University of San Francisco. His specialized areas of expertise include working with both Public and Private Nonprofits. He has been asked to speak at national and regional conferences on subjects ranging from portfolio design and implementation, to building consensus on an investment committee, fiduciary education/liability, industry ethics, developing socially responsible investment strategies, and impact investing.