As Chief Operating Officer, Nicholas oversees the development and implementation of strategy, systems, and processes to support Mission Investor Exchange’s growing leadership role in the impact investing field.
Nicholas’ previous experience includes leadership roles in philanthropy, impacting investing, and government. Most recently, Nicholas served as a senior advisor to the Mayor of San Jose where he led strategic partnerships and social finance efforts with corporations and foundations; developed and advanced service initiatives as the City’s first-ever Chief Service Officer; and lead the development and implementation of the Mayor’s priorities for the City’s $4.5 billion annual budget. Nicholas is also the co-founder of an impact investing firm where he facilitated individual and institutional investments in startups and community development projects. At Tides, Nicholas led strategy and developed new impacting investing products for individuals, family offices, and foundations.
Earlier in his career, Nicholas served as an auditor for the State of California and also held roles in public finance, management consulting, and program evaluation. Nicholas is an active advisor for social impact startups and currently teaches social entrepreneurship as an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco, School of Management.
Nicholas graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and a Master’s degree in Sociology. He is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Senior Vice President, Member and Partner Engagement
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 board member of the Energy Foundation and a founding member of the Impact Investing Committee for the Council of Michigan Foundations and Invest for Better. She is a graduate of Indiana University and is based in Seattle.
Senior Associate, Digital, Knowledge and Communications
As Senior 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 in marketing and communications at environmental non-profits, including Wave Hill, The Nature Conservancy and The Trust for Public Land, focusing on creating engaging content to promote access to nature.
Natalie holds a Bachelor 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.
As Senior Associate, Programs, Dan serves as Project Manager for MIE’s National Conference.
Dan’s previous experience includes two years leading events at Women’s World Banking, a global nonprofit devoted to giving more low-income women access to financial tools and resources. In this capacity, Dan planned and organized WWB’s flagship, Making Finance Work for Women Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Previously he spent ten years with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an annual event founded by President Bill Clinton that convened global and emerging leaders to create and implement solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. Dan served in several roles during his time at CGI, including program development, member recruitment, advising members on philanthropic projects, and creating and leading the Small Business and Entrepreneurship tracks at the domestic-focused CGI America program.
Dan holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Peace Studies from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, as well as a minor in International Relations. He is based in New York City.
As a Senior 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.
As Director, Finance & Operations, 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.
As Associate, Programs, Karla works to identify and create MIE member partnerships that increase and scale the reach of their impact investing practice.
Karla began her career as an ambassador at the State Department’s Women's Leadership Institute, after which she worked with Mexico’s Secretaría de Economía and INADEM (Institute of the Entrepreneur) to 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) investments' 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.
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.
As Vice President, Membership, Rebecca engages, serves and connects MIE’s unique and influential member network of philanthropic impact investors. Rebecca builds relationships with prospective members and ensures that members have access to MIE’s network, tools, and programming. Rebecca also leads the strategy around membership growth as part of MIE’s efforts to advance the field of impact investing.
Previously, Rebecca served as the Philanthropic Partnerships Advisor with PRIME Coalition, an MIE member and public charity that partners with philanthropists to place charitable capital into market-based solutions to climate change. Prior to that, at Investors’ Circle, Rebecca designed and implemented programs focused on educating and engaging impact investors and entrepreneurs. She worked closely with impact investors to help them deploy capital into early stage social and environmentally impactful companies. Rebecca has also provided strategy and growth assistance to a range of organizations including NGOs, family foundations, and several non-profit organizations.
Rebecca received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and holds a Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an MBA from F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College.
As Associate, Member Experience, Zineb is responsible for member and partner engagement and membership strategy and operations.
Zineb’s previous experience includes four and a half years at the Permanent Mission of Bahrain to the United Nations where she supported diplomats. Zineb was responsible for communications, external engagement, and leading event planning during high-level meetings such as the United Nations General Assembly. Prior to that, Zineb spent her time at non-profits working on issues such as access to maternal health and sex trafficking.
Zineb has been a member of Rotaract for 10 years and has held various leadership roles, including Rotary Youth Representative to the United Nations and Director of Programs of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards – North America Conference where she developed a 6-day annual conference program for leadership education and development.
Zineb holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Political Science from the City College of New York and a Master of Science in Global Affairs / Global Economy from New York University.
As Senior Vice President, Programs and Initiatives, James will ensure the development and execution of best-in-class, peer-to-peer educational opportunities and investment-specific initiatives that leverage the experience, expertise, and innovation of MIE’s vibrant network.
James brings nearly 15 years of experience in the philanthropic, impact investing, and legal sectors. Most recently as portfolio manager of social investments for the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland, he co-managed a $140+ million impact investing portfolio allocation comprised of equity, debt, and direct investments. Impact areas included financial inclusion, affordable housing, quality job creation, and community development. While there he also spearheaded Casey’s small business strategy in Baltimore, including the Baltimore Small Business Support Fund, a multi-funder collaborative designed to address gaps within the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. This work led to a partnership with the city’s Baltimore Development Corporation as part of its COVID-19 response efforts to support entrepreneurs of color.
Previously, James was an impact investing manager at W.K. Kellogg Foundation where he co-managed a $100 million market-rate, mission-aligned portfolio and helped to double the program-related investments portfolio. He is also credited with architecting the Detroit Entrepreneurs of Color Fund that became a model for similar programs around the country.
James has an extensive record of expanding racial equity in social finance and supporting entrepreneurs of color. He has supported CDFIs in the U.S. South, led affordable housing investments nationally, and deployed private equity capital via managers of color. As managing director of the Revolve Fund, he directs catalytic capital to businesses, financial intermediaries, and nonprofits led by people of color. James holds a J.D. from University of Michigan Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Michigan. He serves on the board of the Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative and on the impact investing subcommittee for the Baltimore Community Foundation. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, James resides in Baltimore with his wife and daughter.