I’m the Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships at Acumen Fund. I’m also the mother of two kids, one four and one almost 2. A lot of what I write about here is about the dance of having a job I love and care about and a family.
Acumen is working to change the way the world tackles poverty by investing in social enterprises, emerging leaders and breakthrough ideas.
So I care about brand, stories, ideas, and ways to spread all of the above. I also believe that this will take all of us, and so am always interested in engaging with people who share a vision for a world where people have access to the things they need, from safe water and maternal care, to choice, dignity and beauty.
I am helping to build a movement of thought leaders, change agents, students, young professionals and social entrepreneurs who are committed to approaching poverty in a different way. But I didn’t always have this job. When I joined Acumen in 2003 I initiated and managed the Water Portfolio and built a modest $3 million portfolio in start-up water enterprises in India and East Africa that have grown to over $40 million in value.
I’ve been working in international development, corporate sustainability and social entrepreneurship for sixteen years, with time spent at Ashoka, Global Futures, and Ford Moto Company. I write and speak on the topics of social change, social enterprise, impact investing, philanthropy, and career paths. I started my journey to find news ways to solve big problems at Vassar College where I also cultivated my love of jazz singing as a member of the Night Owls. While at Stanford getting my MBA I was bitten by the social enterprise bug, and it led me to join Acumen Fund when it was embarking on it third year.
I live in NY, feel at home almost anywhere, and thank you for reading this far.