Impact Investing and Social Entrepreneurship

April 19, 2013

in Events,Investing

Our June 20th CVF event will focus on impact investing and social entrepreneurship. An increasing number of private equity professionals, angel investors and seasoned entrepreneurs have shifted their focus to impact investing, searching for new ventures that generate measurable social impact in addition to financial return. A new generation of social entrepreneurs has emerged made up of individuals with vast business experience and the expertise to build social ventures with sustainable business models. Last year, $8 billion of impact investments, across all asset classes including private equity and venture capital, were reported, and that is projected to reach $9 billion in 2013.


Penelope DouglasPenelope Douglas, Executive, Chair of the Board of Mission HUB LLC
Our event will feature Penelope Douglas, a pioneer in impact investing, as the keynote speaker as well as a panel of social entrepreneurs with experience based in New Mexico. Penelope became Executive, Chair of the Board of Mission HUB LLC in early 2011.

Prior to joining Mission Hub LLC, Penelope Douglas co-founded and served as CEO of Pacific Community Ventures for the first 12 years of the organization’s life. PCV, a non-profit whose mission is to invest human, intellectual, and financial capital in small businesses for the benefit of economically underserved communities, has helped to create more than 5,000 jobs for lower-income workers at 250 small businesses throughout California. Penelope was additionally a partner in Pacific Community Ventures LLC, with $60 million of committed capital.

For nearly three decades, Penelope has applied her strategic acumen and dedication to social change for organizations such as: Morrison & Foerster, Odwalla, Ernst & Young, New Mexico Community Capital, Wells Fargo, San Francisco’s Larkin Street Youth Center, Friends of the Urban Forest Juma Ventures, and more. She’s been featured by media outlets such as the New York Times, NPR, San Francisco Chronicle, and California magazine, which includes recognition of her as a pioneer of “compassionate capitalism,” and she is a Robert A. McNeeley Trailblazer Award winner.

In addition to being a leader of social change, Penelope is an athlete who has competed in ultra marathons and Ironman distance triathlons, and an artist whose paintings and drawings have been exhibited publicly. Penelope is a native Californian and a graduate of Smith College.


Carrie FreemanCarrie Freeman, Partner at SecondMuse
SecondMuse is an international firm focused on creating positive impact within business. Prior to SecondMuse, Carrie worked at Intel Corporation as Director of Sustainable Business Innovation pioneering strategies such as a corporate impact investing fund and developing technology market solutions to solve global sustainability challenges such as climate mitigation, adaptation and water. Carrie formed the corporate sustainability group and directed corporate-wide efforts working with key stakeholders to ensure industry leadership.
Carrie regularly speaks globally on the roles of technology, sustainability, innovation and corporate responsibility. She has had advisory and board positions with the U.S. EPA, Water Innovations Alliance, the Packard Foundation, the Nature Conservancy, the Permaculture Credit Union, Technology Venture Corporation, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, World Policy Institute, LAUNCH, the government of Costa Rica and several cross-industry consortia. In 2012 she was selected as a New Mexico 40 Under 40 Business Leader.

Jami GrindattoJami Grindatto, Director, Talent Enabling Solutions at Intel
Jami Grindatto’s team is responsible to drive the talent supply-side for Intel’s needs and deliver new capabilities to fuel innovative growth. He joined Intel in 1994. Among many roles at Intel, Jami led the Software Architecture Design that automates Intel’s newest factories worldwide, was Director of the Americas for Intel® Solution Services, and directed Corporate Affairs in the Southwestern US. Prior to Intel, Jami built a software consulting firm with a small team delivering 3D rendering and product automation solutions to medium and large corporations, including Sandia National Laboratories and Honeywell.
Jami is an Intel Achievement Award recipient. He is a member of regional and national executive boards, including co-founder and chairman for Innovate+Educate, a national industry collaborative of F500 companies to drive innovation in the U.S. workforce and education. Jami earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of New Mexico.

Drew TulchinDrew Tulchin, Managing Partner at Social Enterprise Associates
Social Enterprise Associates was New Mexico’s first registered “B Corporation,” a national certification entity for corporate social responsibility. The firm was recently recognized as one of the “Best for the World” Small Companies in America and a Sustainable Business of the Year Award Honoree.
Tulchin enables leaders, especially social entrepreneurs, and their organizations to reach their financial needs and achieve their goals. He has written more than 100 business plans. His engagements for businesses, NGOs, foundations and government have raised more than $100 million advancing the “Triple Bottom Line” – market driven efforts that generate returns for environment, social and economic benefit. Previously, he directed an international finance company and worked in telecommunications. He worked for a bluetooth start-up in Seattle in 2000. In Washington, DC, he was a Program Officer for Grameen Foundation, advancing nobel laureate Dr. Mohammad Yunus’s work in microfinance around the world.

John KilloranJohn Killoran, CEO, @Pay
John Killoran founded @Pay in May 2011. @Pay is a payment technology that provides a new way to buy, pay or donate. @Pay makes it possible to buy things in two simple clicks from an email. @Pay is a technology that was developed by John’s other company, Clover Leaf.
Clover Leaf is a 50+ person technology development and consulting firm that provides a wide range of services to the federal government and large industrial clients. Clover Leaf was formed in May 2005 in Albuquerque, New Mexico and has offices around the country. John’s career started in the environmental consulting field where he developed technologies to solve environmental problems.


Katie Szczepaniak Rice, Senior Associate, EPIC Ventures
Katie Szczepaniak Rice is a Senior Associate with Epic Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT. Katie focuses on new investments in technology, software and IT. She is on the boards of DOTGO and Figaro, serves as an observer on the boards of Iosil and Exagen, and assists with the oversight of BrightTag, Aspen Avionic and Lumidigm. Prior to joining Epic, Katie was a strategic market analyst at Cabot Corporation in advanced materials for alternative energy markets. Before Cabot, Katie was a consultant with Kline & Co., a management consulting firm serving Fortune 100 companies as well as emerging businesses. Before Kline, Katie was a field engineer in the energy sector for Schlumberger in France. Katie received a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science & Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MBA from the University of Chicago. She serves on boards and committees for several community and industry organizations including Astia, SVForum, NMBio, and New Mexico TechGYRLS.

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2013
Time: 6-8 pm 
Venue: Prairie Star
288 Prairie Star Road
Santa Ana Pueblo, NM 87004
Cost: $22.50 in advance (credit card payments); $25 at the door (cash and check only).


New Mexico Community Capital is sponsoring Ms. Douglas’ stay in Albuquerque for this event. Learn more about NMCC at

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Tom Aageson 06.27.13 at 1:05 pm

The Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship announces it will launch the Institute for Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship in early 2014. We will partner with the Anderson School of Business and Management. ICCE will be open too all aspiring and practicing entrepreneurs in the Cultural and Creative Industries.
We have completed our Internet Business Training in 17 communities dedicated to entrepreneurs. We have also completed our contract to develop a cultural corridor and agritoursim corridor strategy. The strategy is to combined resources in the region, create a regional brand in order to offer more reasons for coming here and to stay longer. We are young and building innovative ideas. Drop me a note! Tom

aalsop 10.22.13 at 9:43 am

Tom, thanks for your comment!

Here is the website:

Andy, CVF Marketing Chair

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