Kristin Hull: Realizing The Next Economy with Your Investment Portfolio [Ep. 45]

In this episode of Next Economy Now, Ryan Honeyman, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews

Kristin Hull, Partner & Portfolio Manager at Green Alpha Advisors and President & Co-founder at Nia Global Solutions.  Kristin’s background is in impact investing having founded the Nia Community Investments in 2010. The Nia Community Fund is focused on consciously investing for social justice and environmental sustainability in Oakland. Prior to Nia Community, Kristin served as President and Chair of the Board of the Hull Family Foundation from 2007 to 2011, where she oversaw all of the investment efforts and transitioned the endowment from a traditional investment portfolio to one of the country’s first 100% mission impact invested portfolios. Kristin is also a co-founder of Impact Hub Oakland and is devoted to promoting inclusion and diversity in leadership, and to re-envisioning capitalism.


In this interview we discuss:

  • Redefining finance by engaging from a foundation of intention and purpose

  • Barriers preventing people from investing in their local communities

  • Building investment portfolios around publicly traded companies leveraging best-in-class solutions as a vehicle to realize the next economy

  • Considerations in measuring impact both quantitatively as well as qualitatively

  • Balancing impact with financial returns

  • The need for financial literacy education and aligning our money with our values


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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