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Monique Aiken
Vice President, Programs

As Vice President, Programs, Monique ensures that Mission Investors Exchange develops and delivers best-in-class in-person and virtual programming that leverages the innovation, experience, and talent within and beyond its vibrant network.  

Prior to joining Mission Investors Exchange, Monique was a Director at Tideline where her energies were centered on client and project management as well as business development. Before that, she served as Project Manager at the Clinton Foundation for No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, a women’s empowerment initiative led by Secretary Clinton, and Business Development Manager for the Clinton Global Initiative.  

Monique began her career in Finance, where she was a Vice President in the Commodity Derivatives Sales group at Deutsche Bank, managing client relationships with Oil and Gas (E&P), Utility, and Consumer Products companies in both the United States and Latin America. Earlier in her career, she also worked for Citigroup in both the United States and European Debt Capital Markets groups, and as an Analyst at Bank of America in the Credit Products group.  

Monique holds a BSc in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.

 

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Melanie Audette
Senior Vice President, Member and Partner Engagement
206-535-2941

As Senior Vice President, Member and Partner Engagement, Melanie plays a strategic leadership role at Mission Investors Exchange, helping to set organizational direction. She works with our members to identify and drive additional resources towards innovative impact investing opportunities, facilitates partnerships across the sector, and represents our network in an increasingly expanding field. 

Melanie began her career as a member of the U.S. Foreign Service and subsequently managed family offices and a private foundation. She has deep experience in the nonprofit sector, having been in leadership roles in four membership associations and nine nonprofit organizations. Melanie is a founding member of the Impact Investing Committee for the Council of Michigan Foundations and is a member of the Impact Investing Committee at Seattle Foundation. She is a graduate of Indiana University and is based in Seattle.

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Anjali Deshmukh
Vice President, Knowledge and Communications

As Vice President, Knowledge and Communications, Anjali leads content, technology, and communications & marketing strategy as part of Mission Investors Exchange's efforts to curate, synthesize, and create resources designed to help advance the field. 

In her work in the social sector, she most recently served as Director of Communications for JUST Capital, a nonprofit that measures how US corporations perform on the issues that matter most to the American public; and Director of Knowledge & Communications for Nonprofit Finance Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the way money is given and used to achieve social impact. She was also an Americorps Vista Volunteer at the Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance and has worked as a writer for leading museums and performing arts centers nationwide.

Anjali is also a practicing visual and installation artist. Her work has been featured in venues including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Queens Museum of Art, and SXSW Eco Festival, where she received second place in the Place By Design competition. She holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and is a Fulbright Scholar in Fine Arts. Her work and artist C.V. can be viewed here

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Laila Hussain
Associate, Knowledge and Communications
687-378-3942

As an Associate, Knowledge and Communications, Laila is responsible for developing and executing communications strategy to support Mission Investors Exchange’s engagement activities.

Prior to joining Mission Investors Exchange, Laila spent seven years working for various international development organizations, including the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, where she managed communications and content production for public health and education programs in underserved areas of South Asia.

Laila holds an MBA in Marketing and an M.A. in Media, Culture and Communication from NYU. She is a Fulbright Scholar in Communications, and is based in New York City.

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Natalie Garcia
Associate, Digital, Knowledge and Communications
917-261-3534
As Associate, Digital, Knowledge and Communications, Natalie is responsible for developing digital strategy to optimize Mission Investors Exchange's use of technology.
 
Natalie's previous experience includes seven years with environmental non-profits, most recently The Trust for Public Land, where she worked on Parkology, an online resource and community that aims to increase local park stewardship and park creation by empowering communities.
 
Natalie holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Studies with a minor in Urban Ecology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She is based in New York City.
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Elizabeth Katzenbach
Associate, Operations and Fund Development
646-780-8771

As Associate, Operations and Fund Development, Elizabeth is responsible for ensuring effective organizational and financial operations for Mission Investors Exchange. 

Elizabeth’s previous experience includes approximately six years with financial services organizations, most recently as a member of the Finance and Operations team at Corsair Capital, a private equity investor in the global financial services sector. Prior to that she was a member of the Infrastructure Advisory team at KPMG, where she assisted in providing strategic advice to public sector clients on the financial structuring and delivery of large, complex infrastructure projects.

Elizabeth is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in both finance and accountancy from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

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Nhadine Leung
Managing Director
646-568-5885

As Managing Director for Mission Investors Exchange, Nhadine works closely with the CEO and key stakeholders to increase the scale and effectiveness of impact investments through philanthropic leadership and innovation.
 
Nhadine has extensive executive leadership experience in the nonprofit sector, most recently as a member of the executive team of Girl Scouts of the USA, where she led the redesign of the national organization and the development of the network’s national strategy. Prior to that she served as Chief Operating Officer of Living Cities, the largest multi-sector funders collaborative dedicated to improving the lives of low-income people and the cities in which they live. She also led the Urban Assets Initiative at New Profit, a national venture philanthropy non-profit. Previously Nhadine practiced law at Weil Gotshal & Manges and worked as an investment banker/currency trader in New York.
 
Nhadine holds a joint J.D. / master of urban planning degree from New York University School of Law and the Wagner School of Public Service, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago. Originally a Nebraska native, she has called Brooklyn home for over 25 years.

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Karla Moreno
Program Coordinator
929-232-3388
Karla works within the Programs team to identify and create MIE member programs and collaborations that best fulfill member missions and goals.
 
Karla began her career at the State Department’s SUSI Program for Women’s Leadership, after which she worked with Mexico’s Secretaría de Economía and INADEM (Institute of the Entrepreneur) where she helped create sustainable funding models for ventures driven by and for socioeconomic advancement while living in Mexico City. She most recently developed the launch of i(x) investment's and Angélica Fuentes's Equal Invest fund, the first point of entry for women at the base of the income ladder to generate capital market returns.
 
Karla’s undergraduate studies were completed in South Bend, Indiana with a Bachelors in Political Science from Saint Mary’s College and International Relations at the University of Notre Dame. She is based in New York City.
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Matt Onek
Matt Onek
President and Chief Executive Officer
646-568-5885

Matt is the Chief Executive Officer of Mission Investors Exchange. He brings unique perspective to the organization’s work to grow the impact investing field, having championed mission investing within foundations, federal and local government, and in the private sector.

Matt has developed mission investing strategies for foundations and intermediaries, including the Walton Family Foundation, the Helmsley Charitable Trust, and the Aspen Institute. As Special Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff of the White House Domestic Policy Council, Matt coordinated a range of policy priorities in the Obama administration. Among them, he helped establish the White House Office of Social Innovation & Civic Participation and advanced policies supporting the impact investing movement. At Citigroup, Matt advised the Citi Foundation and designed investment partnerships between the private sector and philanthropy.

Earlier in his career, Matt served as Senior Counselor to the New York City Schools Chancellor under Mayor Bloomberg and as the first Director of the San Francisco Youth Commission.

Matt received his J.D. from Yale Law School and his B.A. from Stanford University. He lives in New York City with his wife, Kristen Kane, and their two children.

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