Proceeding from UN strategy the next 10 years were declared as the period for small farmers development. Major goals are reducing poverty and improving global food security. Small family farming, besides of poverty and food control, can also be a key to reaching some global goals: gender equality, good health and well-being, sustainable community growth, […]
COVID-19 exposed stark health disparity in national news, but this was not new to health-focused impact investors. Join a conversation on how they are using impact investing across asset classes to create health equity—the opportunity for all [Americans] to live healthy and productive lives.
Lisa Richter is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Avivar Capital. Previously, Lisa co-founded and led GPS Capital Partners, a national consultancy that assisted foundations and other institutions to design and execute impact investing strategies. Lisa co-leads Avivar’s overall business activities, bringing over two decades of fund management and investing experience spanning asset classes, return expectations, geographies and issue areas, and frequently incorporating place-based or sector focus to increase equitable access to opportunity. Clients range from small to the nation’s largest independent and community foundations, banks and institutional investors, with interests ranging from place-based outcomes to theme-based strategies that apply traditional asset allocations to earn market-rate expected returns. Lisa authored the Grantmakers In Health Guide Impact Investing, co-authored Equity Advancing Equity (a guide to community foundation impact investing) and co-authored a rural community foundation impact investing guide. She co-designed the Mission Investors Exchange Institute where she continues as a lead trainer. Through early 2006, Lisa led the National Community Investment Fund, a national Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that places equity and debt in development banking institutions and built its national network of development banks and credit unions that increase asset building credit and financial services. Prior to that, Lisa assisted foundation, bank, government and community-based clients to create or expand development financing initiatives in urban, rural and tribal communities throughout the U.S. Lisa is a Senior Fellow with The Philanthropic Initiative, and serves or has served as a director or advisor to the Center for Community Development Investments of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (where she currently also serves as scholar-in-residence), Bank of America National Community Advisory Council, Dignity Health’s Community Economic Initiatives Subcommittee, American Journal of PreventativeMedicine, CDFI Coalition, Chicago Community Loan Fund, US Social Investment Forum, and New Markets Tax Credit Coalition. She holds a BA and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Lisa is an Adjunct Instructor co-teaching a graduate course on impact investing at USC.
Melissa Hanna, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mahmee has led operations and strategy at leading startups in healthcare, education, digital media and consumer goods. An activist-entrepreneur, Melissa received her MBA from the Peter F. Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, and her JD from Southwestern Law School. Pitchbook named her one of the top black founders to watch in 2019.
Elena M. Marks is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Episcopal Health Foundation. Ms. Marks is also a nonresident Fellow in Health Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy where her work focuses on health reform and access to care for low-income and uninsured populations. She serves on the boards of Grantmakers in Health, the largest national organization serving the field of health philanthropy, Harris Health System, a public hospital system serving over 300,000 patients annually, and Community Health Choice, a nonprofit, community-based health insurance company with more than 400,000 members. Ms. Marks holds a Bachelor’s degree from Emory University, a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health. Ms. Marks’ previous professional experience includes serving as the Director of Health and Environmental Policy for the City of Houston; consulting in the health care industry with large systems and community-based providers; starting and directing a successful legal placement firm; and practicing trial and appellate law with major Texas law firms.