Fran Seegull: Introducing the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance [Ep. 50]

Fran Seegull is Executive Director of The U.S Impact Investing Alliance, which is supported by the Ford Foundation, Omidyar Network and the F.B. Heron Foundation, among others. The organization's mission is to champion the power of impact investing in the United States and foster deployment of and demand for impact capital across asset classes globally. Previously, she was Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director at ImpactAssets – a non-profit investment firm seeking to increase the flow of capital to impact investing.  Fran holds a BS in economics from Barnard/Columbia and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  At USC’s Marshall School of Business, she is the Adjunct Professor at the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Senior Fellow at the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab. She serves on the board of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, the Investment Committee of the Goldhirsh Foundation and the G7 Social Impact Investment Task Force Working Group on Asset Allocation.

In this interview we discuss:

  • Moving away from a paradigm of maximizing shareholder value in the short term to one focused on stakeholder value and longer term value creation

  • Questioning tax-sheltered foundations yielding net-negative mission-related impact

  • The backstory on and intentions of the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance

  • Integrity and innovation in impact measurements & reporting

  • Cases where there may or may not be tradeoffs between financial return and impact

  • The silver lining of the Trump administration: spurring entrepreneurship and livelihood creation in rural & urban communities

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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