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"Impact Investing and the Social Capital Markets"

Fran Seegull
Managing Director of Investments
Impact Assets

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

"The concept of impact investing is well-aligned with the Bren School's Eco-Entrepreneurship focus in that it is based on finding market-based solutions to tough environmental and social problems. Fran will discuss how key players, like Impact Assets, are achieving environmental, social, and financial returns by investing in assets that successfully blend for-profit and nonprofit objectives."
— Emily Chan, host

Fran Seegull will speak about the key driving forces that are creating a strong environment and imperative for impact investing, provide an overview of key actors in the space, and discuss some of the challenges and opportunities for growth.

Fran Seegull is Managing Director of Investments at ImpactAssets, a nonprofit investment company that provides an impact-investment asset-management platform for investors and donor advisors seeking a blend of positive social and environmental outcomes, financial return, and risk management. She oversees product development and manages the Investment Strategies product platform. Seegull also heads investment management for The Giving Fund—an impact-focused Donor Advised Fund—including investment selection, monitoring, and reporting.

Previously, Seegull was Managing Director and COO of Funk Ventures, an early-stage venture capital and acceleration firm investing in clean technology, sustainable living, health & wellness, and medical technologies. She has consulted to a range of purpose-driven companies including National Geographic and NPR West, and to many family foundations, and has served as VP of Business Development at Novica United, a venture-backed social enterprise that retails and wholesales products made by artisans in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Seegull has a BS in economics from Barnard/Columbia and an MBA from Harvard. She serves on the board of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation and is Senior Fellow at the Society & Business Lab at USC’s Marshall School of Business.

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