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Nicholas Almeida
Chief Operating Officer
917-341-5321
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.

 

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Melanie Audette
Senior Vice President, Member and Partner Engagement
206-743-2364

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.

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Sophia Brown
MIE Impact Fellow
As an MIE Impact Fellow, Sophia (they/them) collaborates with the program team to help create and execute the MIE National Conference. 
 
Sophia brings over a decade of experience working in the private sector, philanthropy, and direct service work. After serving as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte, Sophia recently started a consulting practice to support clients seeking to approach data analysis, survey design and grants management from an equity lens. Sophia has worked with a variety of clients in both the public and nonprofit sector on growth strategy, project management, workforce transformation, and DEI data analytics. Prior to this work, Sophia worked in the grants management department at the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
  
Sophia holds a Bachelor of Arts the Ohio State University and a Master of Public Policy from George Washington University, and is currently based in Ithaca, New York, learning more about local food systems, BIPOC farmers, and land stewardship practices. 
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Daniel Goldberg
Senior Associate, Programs
917-397-3486
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.
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Elizabeth Katzenbach
Director, Finance & Operations
646-780-8771

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.

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Matt Onek
Matt Onek
President and Chief Executive Officer
646-494-7500

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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Jawad Pullin
Coordinator, Programs and Initiatives
610-662-2587
As Coordinator, Programs and Initiatives, Jawad provides supports the development and execution of MIE's program offerings. 
 

Prior to joining Mission Investors Exchange, Jawad spent several years working in political research, serving as a research assistant to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's communications team and as a sales coordinator at NGP VAN. He is currently finishing up his master's in education policy at Columbia University and has a bachelor's in Government from Georgetown University. He is originally from Philadelphia and is based in New York City. 

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Zineb Touzani
Associate, Member Experience
917-565-9274
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.
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James Wahls
Senior Vice President, Programs and Initiatives
667-262-0611
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.
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