Impact Investing Webinar, Sept 17th, 2020
This webinar explored opportunities for investing in a world beyond an extraction-based economy. As we see the movement to divest in fossil fuels growing, many are looking for guidance on how best to invest those funds for maximum impact, both to build equitable economies in their communities, and to help reverse the damage that fossil fuels have wreaked on our health and climate. This panel discussion explored ways in which investors can find the right fit for their investment strategies, not only to satisfy their own financial goals, but for the good of people and planet.
Our presenters were:
Julie McVeigh, co-founder and managing director of Fresh Pond Capital. Julie has worked in socially responsible investing since 1998 and has had a particular interest in sustainable agriculture; financial literacy; and social, economic, and racial justice. Before joining the investment field, Julie worked as a community organizer for MASSPIRG and the Sierra Club.
Eric Becker, chief investment officer for Clean Yield Asset Management. Eric has been engaged in social and environmental investing since 1993. Eric was a founding member of the Slow Money movement and co-founded Slow Money Boston and Slow Money Vermont, which seek to connect investors and entrepreneurs in the service of building a healthier and more robust food system.
Ben Willauer, impact advisor in Maine. Ben has extensive background in business development, portfolio management, and leadership training. Currently he is assisting with the incubation of a variety of impact investment projects in aquaculture, fisheries restoration and micro-lending. Most recently, Ben served as the Chief Development Officer for Whole Oceans, a land-based aquaculture development in Bucksport. After working with many Outward Bound schools for over ten years, he held several positions within the financial services industry, recently as the General Partner of Willauer Prosky and Willauer Asset Management. Ben is a founding trustee of the Hurricane Island Foundation and the Center for Science and Leadership on Hurricane Island – regarded as a groundbreaking educational campus with a focus on developing the scientific leaders of tomorrow.