Lisa Kleissner

Lisa Kleissner

Board Chair

Lisa Kleissner is joyfully aligning her family capital with her business acumen to help make the world a better place. An impact investor since 2000, Lisa advocates, teaches, writes and muses about the impact experience.

Lisa co-founded the KL Felicitas Foundation (www.klfelicitasfoundation.org), and Toniic Institute (www.toniic.com). These organizations are building a movement to bring down the barriers to impact investing while transforming how we define and create wealth. Lisa co-founded Social-Impact International (www.social-impact.org) and Hawai’i Investment Ready (www.HIReady.net) to identify, capacity build and scale regional and indigenous social enterprise.

Liesel Pritzker Simmons

Liesel Pritzker Simmons

Board Director

Liesel Pritzker Simmons is Co-Founder and Principal of Blue Haven Initiative, a family office dedicated to investing for-profit and non-profit capital to solve social problems. BHI is currently focused on new opportunities in emerging markets as well as the United States.

She is the Co-Founder of the IDP Foundation, Inc. (www.idpfoundation.org) a private foundation with a mission to mobilize resources and strategic support to increase educational opportunities. Established in 2008, the IDP Foundation has supported and developed a wide range of programs in the education sectors most notably the innovative IDP Rising Schools Program in Ghana, which leverages microfinance networks to empower nearly 200 low cost private schools with trainings and financial services.

Liesel is a Co-Founder of Opportunity International’s Young Ambassadors for Opportunity (YAO), a global network of young professionals who are passionate about microfinance. She serves on the boards of Waste Enterprisers, Eco-Post, and Synergos. Liesel attended Columbia University, where she studied African History. She lives in the Boston area with her husband, Ian Simmons.

John Kohler

John Kohler

Board Treasurer

John is a mentor to Social Entrepreneurs at the Global Social Benefit Incubator and now serves as an Executive Fellow at Santa Clara University’s Center for Science, Technology and Society. He has recently been added to the Center’s Board of Advisors. John manages technology investments through Redleaf Venture Management. He is specialized in technology product formation with a focus on Internet and Life Science startups since 1994.

John spent twenty years in executive level positions in sales operations, product division general management and worldwide customer support at technology corporations including Hewlett Packard, Silicon Graphics and Convergent Technologies/Unisys. He is a founding executive of Netscape Communications and the founder of Redleaf Group. John is on the board of Redleaf Group, chairman of the board at LucidMedia, and serves as board member and CEO of Lumicyte. He previously led investments at AdRelevance (JMXI), Mosaic Communications (TWX), NetGravity (DCLK), RedCreek Communications (SNWL), and Wireless Online. John is a managing member of the UCLA Venture Capital Fund and serves on the UCLA Sciences Board of Visitors. He has also served on the Advisory Board for the International Institute of Multimedia (IIM) at Leonard di Vinci University in Paris.

John received his bachelor’s degree in international economics from UCLA and completed executive programs at Wharton and Stanford business schools. He is an advisor to the California Nanosystems Institute. He has served on advisory committees to the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a nationally accredited soccer coach, an avid skier, sailor, and a member of the Santa Cruz Yacht Club.

Karl “Charly” Kleissner, Ph.D.

Karl “Charly” Kleissner, Ph.D.

Board Secretary

Dr. Charly Kleissner is an impact investor. He believes that the deeper meaning of wealth is to make a positive contribution to humanity and the planet. He sees impact investing not as an intellectual exercise, but as an expression of who he really is.

Dr. Kleissner co-founded KL Felicitas Foundation (www.klfelicitasfoundation.org), and Social-Impact International (www.social-impact.org), which help social entrepreneurs worldwide to accelerate and increase their impact. Dr. Kleissner co-founded Toniic (www.toniic.com), and the ‘100% Impact Network’, global networks for impact investors.

Dr. Kleissner is Chairman of the Board at ImpactAssets (www.impactassets.org), and serves on the Advisory Board of the Global Hub Company (www.the-hub.net) and the High Level Advisory Board of UNSIF (undp.socialimpact.fund).

Dr. Kleissner has over twenty years of experience as a senior technology executive in Silicon Valley companies like NeXT and Ariba. Dr. Kleissner earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Technology, Vienna.

Jim Villanueva

Jim Villanueva

Executive Director, Eleos Foundation

Jim Villanueva has a long track record of entrepreneurship and investment in growth companies, as well as working extensively with a number of philanthropic organizations. Over the course of his investment career, Jim was a partner in several private equity partnerships, investing in multiple industries across North and South America. His experience ranges from serving as Vice President of Bastion Capital Corporation focusing on middle market management buyouts to being a founding Partner in Crescent Ventures investing in technology, media and natural resource development. Previously, he co-founded and sold a Spanish-language media company and a national Hispanic marketing and public relations firm.

Jim led the restructuring of a non-profit retreat and conference center in Santa Barbara, repositioning it as The Eleos Foundation. In 2010, he took a leave from Eleos’ board to join its social enterprise investment activities as Investment Director, and in 2013 expanded his role to serve as Executive Director. Jim holds an MBA degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated with honors from Harvard College.

Shalaka Joshi

Shalaka Joshi

Board Director

Shalaka is the Gender Lead for the International Finance Corporation (IFC)- the private sector focused arm of the World Bank- in South Asia. Shalaka has 14+ years of global leadership experience in social venture, financial inclusion, livelihoods and market-based solutions to poverty in emerging markets, especially in Asia. Her social enterprise career began with UNICEF where she worked on micro-planning and building public- private-nonprofit alliances. She also worked with Ashoka, a global association of the world‘s leading social entrepreneurs. Her private sector experience includes ICICI Bank - India’s largest private sector bank - where she led the process of integrating private sector partners into the Bank’s initiatives in health, education and micro finance.

Shalaka has played a key role in building the field of impact investing globally. She was part of the Founding team at the IFMR Trust, a for-profit social enterprise dedicated to building financial inclusion for low-income individuals and enterprises in India. Shalaka also served as a Managing Director of Unitus Impact- an early-stage impact investing fund which supports the growth of scalable livelihood ventures in Asia. She then served as Managing Director, Asia-Pacific for Toniic- the world’s most active network of impact investors, supporting social ventures and funds across 28 countries. She led Toniic’s expansion into the Asia-Pacific region and as its Chief Investment Officer globally, across asset classes.

A Chevening scholar and an Aspen Global Leadership fellow, Shalaka serves on the Boards of Toniic Global , the IEF Entrepreneurship Foundation (which works with Indian State governments to mainstream entrepreneurship) and UnLtd, India (a leading incubator for social entrepreneurs). She is based out of Mumbai, India and enjoys poetry, travel and dance.

Lisa Hall

Lisa Hall

Board Observer

Lisa Hall is Managing Director of Impact Investing with Anthos Asset Management, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Lisa manages a global portfolio focused on social, environmental and financial returns. She previously served as CEO of Calvert Foundation, a global leader in impact investing. Lisa holds a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard University.

She previously served on the Investment Committee of Impact Assets, a non-profit financial services firm which leverages the power of impact investing. From 2011 to 2014 she was on the Board of the Tides Network, a non-profit organization committed to social change.

From 2011–2013 Lisa chaired the Board of Trustees at the Elsie Whitlow Stokes Charter School in Washington, DC and since 2013 she has served on the Board of Overseers for the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Lisa resides in Amstelveen, the Netherlands, with her husband and daughter.