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Interview with Lora E. Smith, Executive Director of the Appalachian Impact Fund Lora Smith filled the room with joy and focus at the inaugural cohort of the Just Economy Institute (formerly known as the Integrated Capital Institute) in 2017. Unlike many of us in the cohort...

Interview with Erika D. Williams, Vice President of Client Development with RSF Social Finance and The Women’s Capital Collaborative Fund   Jen: How was the RSF’s Women’s Capital Collaborative Fund created? Erika: Women entrepreneurs are routinely left behind when it comes to funding. On average, women start businesses...

Interview with Gaithiri Siva, Director of the Buen Vivir Fund I remember Rajasvini Bhansali, the former executive director of Thousand Currents, talking about a new kind of investment fund in which investors and partners had an equal role in governing the decision-making through an assembly process....

Interview with Luni Libes, Founder and Co-CEO for the Africa Eats Fund I learned about FLEDGE and Africa Eats from Tim Crosby of the Thread Fund who was excited about the potential of African-based food and agriculture businesses to address job creation. When I was at...

Interview with Martha Brantley, Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Shared Interest Fund When I learned about the approach that Shared Interest took in leveraging deposits in United States banks to back loans on the continent of Africa, I felt sure that Swift Foundation would be...

Interview with Brandon Welch, Director of Radical Capital & Investor Lead of the Perennial Fund  I learned about the Perennial Fund just after I started Integrated Capital Investing when Brandon called me to learn more about the philanthropic landscape for investing in regenerative, agroecological farming as...

Interview with Ellen Fish, Director of R.I.S.E. Artisan Fund When Ellen applied to be part of the Transformative 25, I was intrigued by her fund’s focus on artisan enterprises. Then I learned her initiative was part of the Friends of Tilonia, a non-profit organization working with...

Interview with Loic Comolli, Co-CEO for the NESsT Fund At the Swift Foundation, Loic Comolli sought our support to launch their first NESsT Fund to complement their grant-based acceleration work with a loan fund for enterprises. NESsT impressed me as an enterprise program that focused on...

Interview with Chrystel Cornelius, President and CEO of Oweesta Ann Whittemore of Highlands SRI introduced me to Chrystel at Swift Foundation’s San Francisco office. Chrystel struck me right away. She was a fast talking woman with numbers. She had an ingenious approach to capitalizing a network...

Interview with Paul Lacerte, Managing Partner for the Raven Indigenous Impact Fund  In 2017, I heard about Raven Indigenous Capital Partners from the McConnell Foundation. Elaine Rassmussen and I met with Stephen Nairne and Paul LaCerte in 2018 in Vancouver and learned about their emerging fund...