Jennifer Pryce: Wall Street Refugee Champions Gender Lens & Access to Impact Investing

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Jenn Pryce is President and CEO of Calvert Foundation. Having worked at Calvert Foundation for nearly a decade, Jenn has shaped the strategic direction of the organization to lead on rising trends such as investing with a gender lens and making impact investing more accessible to retail investors.

Jenn started off in the Peace Corps working in Africa where she was exposed to the frustrating limited flows of capital to lower income communities. From there she set off to work for major banks in New York and London including NeubergerBerman and Morgan Stanley focusing on capital streams in emerging markets. She then realized she could hone her focus on investing in a socially responsible way supporting underserved communities. She has since committed her career to impact investing at Calvert Foundation.

Jenn has previously served on the boards of the Hitachi Foundation, Institute for Sustainable Communities, Impact Assets, Groundswell, and Apple Tree Institute. She received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Union College and her MBA from Columbia University.

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Some highlights from Ryan’s interview with Jennifer include:

  • An overview of the Calvert Foundation and their initiatives including their Community Investment Note, Women Investing in Women (“WIN-WIN”), the RAICES Investment Initiative (now #ParteDeLaSolution), & Capital Aggregation

  • Ryan Honeyman’s personal testimonial about Calvert’s Community Investment Note

  • How Calvert measures impact and their rather impressive track record – a 100% repayment rate for investors of both their principal and interest, while generating positive social and environmental returns

  • Leadership advice and fundraising tips for savvy entrepreneurs & differentiating the variety of folks who refer to themselves as impact investors (Hint: look at where the capital is coming from and the typical investments that capital makes)

 

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Ryan Honeyman is a Partner at LIFT Economy and author of The B Corp Handbook: How to Use Business as a Force for Good (Berrett-Koehler Publishers). LIFT Economy is an impact consulting firm whose mission is to create, model, and share a locally self-reliant economy that works for the benefit of all life. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @honeymanconsult or email him ryan@lifteconomy.com.