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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...

Interview with Seed Commons Fund staff members Brendan Martin, Co-Director, Ed Whitfield, Board and Investment Committee Member and Senior Fellow, and Marnie Thompson, Senior Fellow Systems Strategist I met Brendan Martin through the Working World, his longtime initiative to bring non-extractive finance to businesses in Argentina...

Interview with Laina Raveendran Greene, Founder and CEO of Angels of Impact   Topher Wilkens introduced me to Laina at the Santa Cruz Impact Meetup. I was six weeks into launching Integrated Capital Investing and was intimidated by the circle of young, smart go-getters in the room....