Stuart Comstock-Gay was appointed president and CEO of the Delaware Community Foundation in February 2016. Previously, he spent seven years as president and CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation, where he led the team in growing the VCF’s charitable assets and overseeing the foundation’s use of data to enhance the impact of philanthropic resources.
Prior to joining the VCF, Stuart worked in states across the country to reduce barriers to voter registration and to encourage broad civic engagement, first as director of the Democracy Program at Dēmos and then as executive director of the National Voting Rights Institute in Boston. Stuart also spent seven years in various leadership positions with the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and 14 years with the ACLU, including 10 as executive director of the Maryland affiliate.
He has served on the adjunct faculty at Marlboro College, teaching about nonprofit leadership, has written for numerous national publications, been a regular radio commentator, and spoken before hundreds of audiences on a wide range of foundation, democracy, voting rights, and civil liberties issues. Stuart holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bucknell University.
Kimberlee works closely with the foundation’s program directors and officers to make capital and financing available to organizations working on key, strategic priorities of the foundation. She identifies capital gaps and then structures loans, loan guarantees, and alternative financing through banks, community development financial institutions and specialized lenders to meet specific project needs.
Prior to joining Kresge in 2009, Kimberlee worked at Maryland-based Enterprise Community Investment, a real estate investment services company for affordable housing and community development. From 2000 to 2007, she served as vice president of the firm’s investment management division and closed on $1 billion in equity investments in affordable housing projects. Later, as vice president of national equity initiatives, she led business development efforts for the company’s debt and equity products. Kimberlee was appointed a White House Fellow by President Clinton and served at the Small Business Administration. Previously, she led a Habitat for Humanity start-up affiliate and worked at a shelter for homeless women and children in Washington.
A graduate of Hood College in Maryland, she earned a master’s degree in organizational development at Marymount University in Virginia.
Bert oversees the investment and stewardship of $13.5 billion of charitable capital at SVCF. He and his staff work closely with the foundation’s investment committee and advisors to invest and protect the assets entrusted to the foundation. Portfolio oversight includes individually managed donor advised funds, charitable trusts, the foundation’s endowment, and five investment pool options for donors and nonprofits, including the Social Impact Pool that seeks positive social and environmental impact.
Bert speaks and writes regularly on impact investing strategies, manager diversity and inclusive investment practices, and investment best practices for nonprofit fiduciaries. He works closely with the foundation’s investment consultant to engage more people of color and women investment managers in the foundation’s portfolios.
Prior to joining SVCF in 2004, Bert was a Senior Vice President at Franklin Templeton Investments in U.S. Sales & Distribution. He is a volunteer investment committee advisor to the UC Davis Foundation, and is an avid outdoor enthusiast. Bert holds an MBA from Golden Gate University, and a BS from the University of California at Davis.
Ken Jones is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the 27th largest foundation in the country with an endowment of approximately $2.7 billion. Jones oversees all finance, accounting, compliance, grants management, facilities, operations and information technology functions as well as the disaster recovery & relief process for the Foundation. Jones’ work in disaster recovery resulted in the Annie E. Casey Foundation receiving the Foundation of the Year award in 2016 from the International Rescue Committee.
Previously, Jones worked at Danya International, a public health and education strategy development organization where he served as Chief Financial Officer as well as President & CFO for Zebra jobs, a subsidiary organization of Danya. In addition, Jones served as Chief Financial Officer at Jhpiego, an international health NGO affiliate of Johns Hopkins University. Ken was recognized by Smart CEO magazine as a Baltimore Excellence Recipient in 2013.
Jones also has significant corporate experience from Prudential, Ford, Mirant and Pfizer corporations. He received his MBA from the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management, a master’s degree in economics from the University of Buffalo, and a bachelor's degree from Boston University.
Maria Lopez Vento started her career in philanthropy when she joined the Helen Bader Foundation in April 1992 as an operations assistant. Vento has held a variety of operations and program roles at the Foundation, including Assistant to the President, Grants Administrator and Program Associate. In 2007, Vento was promoted to program officer, where she oversaw the Foundation’s Community Partnerships for Youth grants portfolio.
In 2013, Vento was appointed Vice President - Grants and Impact Investments. In this senior leadership role, Vento offers strategic guidance to a team of five program officers and a community engagement coordinator, who steward the Foundation’s annual $16 million investment in organizations focused on aging, arts, employment, youth, social services and other key program interests in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and internationally. She also directs the Foundation’s efforts to enhance Milwaukee education, bringing the arts to underserved audiences, and supporting a stronger nonprofit sector in the region.
Vento shares her expertise through service on a number of local boards and advisory committees that address youth development, urban education, and nonprofit management. Vento’s current community board and advisory committee appointments include the Latino Arts, Holton Youth+Family Center, MKE United Taskforce, Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Milwaukee Succeeds Funders Collaborative and Islands of Brilliance.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and a Master of Business Administration from Alverno College.
Maria lives in New Berlin, WI, with her husband, Ryan and has three sons, Miguel, Ethan and Elijah.
Senior Program Investment Officer, Inclusive Economies
Christine Looney is a member of the Inclusive Economies team at Ford Foundation. As the foundation's senior program investment officer she has managed Ford's $280 million Program-Related Investment Fund. In her role, she has initiated, structured, and monitored Ford's program-related investments across the foundation to align with and complement program strategies and goals.
Prior to joining the foundation in 2001, Christine was president of the Urban Business Assistance Corporation, a nonprofit consulting firm serving the minority business community of New York City. Previously, she was an assistant vice president and portfolio manager in the Fleet Financial Corporate Banking Group and an associate in Chase Manhattan's Structured Finance Group.
Christine serves on the advisory board of the CDFI Fund Assessment and Rating System, the steering committee of the PRI Makers Network, and the credit committee of the Living Cities Catalyst Fund.
Christine has an MBA in finance and management from New York University's Stern School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Holy Cross.
Cynthia Muller is the Director of Mission Investing at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation based out of Battle Creek, Michigan.
In this role, she is responsible for driving the strategy and performance of the foundation’s $100 million mission driven investments portfolio. She also oversees the foundation’s $30 million program-related investment portfolio and managing strategic impact investment activities that address systemic barriers that create vulnerable conditions for historically marginalized communities and children. Cynthia came to the foundation in September 2016 as the program and portfolio officer where she was responsible for developing and managing strategic market rate impact investment activities; sourcing and deploying market rate investments to increase social change impact; analyzing solutions and trends; and developing relationships in the field.
Prior to joining the foundation, Muller developed and managed Arabella Advisors impact investing practice where she helped foundations and individuals understand the field of impact investing; develop strategies and structure investments to accomplish their social and environmental goals. During her tenure she oversaw deal sourcing and structuring of investments in health, education, microfinance, housing, and green technology—both domestically and internationally. Muller also led several evaluations of impact investment portfolios, and she regularly presented and blogged about trends and practices within the field.
Muller holds a Master of Business Administration from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford University.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mission Investors Exchange
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.
Susan Phinney Silver is the Mission Investing Director at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. She oversees the Foundation’s $180 million mission investing program, which targets a range of loan and equity investments in the fields of: environmental conservation, climate change, oceans/fisheries, U.S. health care access, international reproductive health and rights, children’s education and issues in the U.S., and local Bay Area initiatives.
Before joining Packard, Susan consulted with the MacArthur Foundation and California Community Foundation on their PRI programs, among other social investment and nonprofit clients. For 13 years previous to that, at The Development Fund in San Francisco, she led the creation of innovative financing programs that generated over $600 million in new private investment nationally from banks, insurance companies, and other corporations for funds targeted to: affordable housing, community economic development, and environmental clean-up. Earlier in her career, Susan was an overseas auditor for Catholic Relief Services in Africa, and a consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York.
She has an undergraduate degree from Princeton and an MBA from Yale School of Management. She enjoys exploring nature with her family, including hiking, camping, and kayaking.
Vice President of Community Investment for Strategy
Joohee Rand is the Vice President for Community Investment and Strategy at the Santa Fe Community Foundation. She is responsible for Foundation’s strategy development and impact investing and oversees strategic initiatives including birth to career collective impact initiative and the Foundation’s education and economic opportunities areas of impact.
In her previous career, Joohee was a management consultant at McKinsey & Co advising cross-sector clients ranging from global corporations to national foundations in various areas including strategy, mergers, organization, and performance management. She was a member of the Nonprofit Practice and Corporate Finance & Strategy Practice at McKinsey. She also worked as an independent consultant for philanthropic and educational organizations in New Mexico prior to joining the Foundation, was an Executive Director at a San Francisco-based nonprofit start-up focused on college access and financial literacy education for low-income youth, and worked as a Summer Associate at the Echoing Green Foundation in New York during her business school years. Ms. Rand holds a MBA from Harvard Business School, a MPP in International Economic Policy from Korea, and a BA in General Management from Thailand.
Natalie Revelle leads the volume guarantee initiative within the PRI team. She has structured a portfolio of investments across vaccines, family planning and HIV products. Prior to joining the PRI team in 2012, Natalie was a Senior Program Financial Manager in the Financial Planning & Analysis team supporting Global Health.
Prior to the joining the foundation, Natalie held a number of financial advisory roles with Robertson Stephens and Public Financial Management. At Public Financial Management, Natalie worked with state and local governments in a number of capacities, including debt issuance, budgeting, financial modeling, strategic planning, and investment analysis. Most recently, Natalie worked at McKinsey & Company where she served high tech clients on strategy development, procurement and pricing topics.
Natalie is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
Debra is the Managing Director of Impact Investments and serves on the Executive Leadership Team at MacArthur, which has dedicated $500 million of its assets to impact investing. Debra’s group serves as a Foundation-wide resource, and engages deeply with selected teams to help develop strategy and devise impact investments that advance key goals. A former investment banker, Debra also leads the creation of new impact investment products and platforms that foster easier, more efficient, and more productive connections among multiple impact investors and social sector organizations.
She joined MacArthur in 1995, having worked at a Chicago-based child welfare agency. A frequent speaker and guest lecturer, Debra has also served on the United States Treasury Department Community Development Advisory Board and the founding board for the Mission Investors Exchange.
She earned a Master's degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor's degree from Yale College, summa cum laude.
Shuaib A. Siddiqui serves as the Director of Impact Investing at the Surdna Foundation where he manages Surdna’s impact investing portfolio, leading an effort to better align the foundation’s investment policies and practices with its mission. He works with the program teams to investigate ways to realize both social and financial returns through program and mission related investing.
Prior to Surdna, Shuaib spent 9 years at Acumen where he most recently was the Director of Global Portfolio. He managed the organization’s global investment process, management of its global investment committee, and helped manage is $100m portfolio. He also directly managed a portfolio of companies and represented Acumen’s investment on several boards. Acumen, an impact investing pioneer, raises charitable donations and investor capital to invest in companies, leaders, and ideas that are changing the way the world tackles poverty.
Prior to Acumen, Shuaib worked for two years in the Quantitative Alpha Generation Group at Citadel Investment Group, a hedge fund based in Chicago, where he focused on developing trading strategies utilizing fundamental company data. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Vice President at Merrill Lynch working on The Global Analytic and Thematic Research team. He holds a BA in Economics from New York University.
Robynn is a Director at Omidyar Network, where she leads the firm’s work to accelerate the global impact investing industry through investments, thought leadership, and strategic partnerships. In this role, she frequently advises high-net-worth individuals, family offices, and foundations on impact investing.
Prior to joining the firm, Robynn spent six years in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she led efforts to advance the Administration’s global development goals through emerging market impact investments. She worked closely with USAID, OPIC, Treasury, and State to launch Beyond the Grid under President Obama’s Power Africa initiative; increase emerging market entrepreneurs’ access to early-stage risk capital; and scale digital financial services.
Prior to the White House, Robynn served as deputy chair of the Clinton Global Initiative Education Working Group and as the first Executive Director of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines – raising seed funds, recruiting its first staff, and leading its advocacy to expand global access to university-developed medicines.
Robynn received her J.D. from Yale Law School and holds a B.A. and an M.A. in political science from Yale University.
Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury is president and CEO of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, a private, independent foundation whose mission is to improve the lives of all Arkansans in three interrelated areas: economic development; education; and economic, racial, and social justice. Involved in philanthropy for 25 years, Dr. West-Scantlebury served as CEO at the Foundation for Louisiana and as a program associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Her professional career includes nearly 30 years of experience in community development, public policy and advocacy, and public service.
In addition to running the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Dr. West is active in a number of nonprofits and philanthropy organizations, and she is a mentor to several nonprofit leaders and young foundation executives.