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.

Lisa Hall

Lisa Hall

Board Treasurer

Lisa Hall, Senior Fellow at the Beeck Center at Georgetown University, has dedicated her 25-year career to economic justice, social impact and community development. Using the tools of impact investing and philanthropy, she has served in executive roles across multiple sectors in the United States and abroad. Her area of focus at the Beeck Center is the inclusive economy and how social innovation and access to opportunity can drive prosperity for all communities. Lisa is also the founder of Bayview Impact Advisors, which was created in 2018 to provide education, research, and strategy services to family foundations and endowments on impact investing.

Lisa was previously Managing Director at Anthos Asset Management, headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands where she launched a new, proprietary impact investing initiative for Anthos, a large European family office. Lisa also served as CEO and President of Calvert Foundation from 2010 to 2013, following her tenure as head of the investment portfolio from 2005 to 2010. Lisa served in the Clinton Administration in 1999 as a policy advisory at the National Economic Council where she worked on the creation of the New Markets Investment Tax Credit.

Lisa currently serves on the boards of City First Bank, in Washington, DC and Habitat for Humanity International. She also serves on the Investment Committee of the Nathan Cummings Foundation and is a member of the Board of Overseers for the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. She is a graduate of Leadership Greater Washington class of 2008 and participated in the Marshall Memorial Fellowship in 2003. Lisa earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania.

Lisa frequently presents at industry conferences on the topics of impact investing and philanthropy. Her contributions were instrumental to the development of Great Expectations published by the Wharton Social Impact Initiative and she co-led the creation of a guide on impact management entitled More than Measurement published in collaboration with Bridges Impact+. She is active on Twitter @lisagreenhall and was named one of the top 50 impact investing influencers to follow by Case Foundation in 2016.

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.

Shalaka Joshi

Shalaka Joshi

Board Director

Shalaka is the Gender Lead, South Asia for the International Finance Corporation (IFC)- the private sector focused arm of the World Bank; where she works where she works on gender in the private sector, and ways to include both women and men as entrepreneurs, investors, employees, consumers, community stakeholders, and leaders. 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.

Jim Villanueva

Jim Villanueva

Board Director

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.

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.

Alexandra Korijn

Alexandra Korijn

Board Director

Alexandra Korijn is passionate about creating a more sustainable and equitable world through investments. As Associate Director at Enclude Capital Advisory, she provides capital (transaction) solutions to social entrepreneurs, impact fund managers, funders and investors focused on emerging markets. She is also the Co-Founder of New AJE Capital, a family office initiative that invests in opportunities that contribute to positive environmental and social impact across asset classes. Previously, she worked for Dasra’s Research and Portfolio team, conducting due diligence on non-profits and social businesses across India, and providing capacity building support to Dasra’s portfolio companies.

She is now based in London, UK, and in addition to serving on the Board of TONIIC, she serves on the Advisory Council of Horizons, a social enterprise aiming to inspire, educate and connect Next Gens. She has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, where she was selected as a Youn Impact Scholar, and a B.Sc. from Cornell University, where she was selected as an Ashoka Campus Changemaker.

Robynn Steffen

Robynn Steffen

Board Director

Robynn co-leads Omidyar Network’s work to accelerate the global impact investing industry through investments, thought leadership, and strategic partnerships. In this role, she frequently advises high-net-worth individuals, family offices, and foundations on impact investing. She also serves on the board of Toniic and as a board observer to The ImPact and the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN).

Prior to joining the firm, Robynn spent six years in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she led efforts to advance the Administration’s global development goals through emerging market impact investments. She led the launch of Beyond the Grid under President Obama’s Power Africa initiative, mobilizing 27 private sector partners to invest over $1 billion in distributed energy solutions across Africa. She also worked closely with USAID, OPIC, the U.S. Treasury, and State Department to increase emerging market entrepreneurs’ access to early-stage risk capital, scale digital financial services, and accelerate the Administration’s use of incentive prizes.

Prior to the White House, Robynn served as deputy chair of the Clinton Global Initiative Education Working Group and as the first Executive Director of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines - raising seed funds, recruiting its first staff, and leading its advocacy to expand global access to university-developed medicines. Robynn has also worked on the ground in India, South Africa, and Tanzania, including leading a 35-member team to conduct a household survey on water access across the slums of Mumbai.

Robynn received her J.D. from Yale Law School and holds a B.A. and an M.A. in political science from Yale University.

Adam Bendell

Adam Bendell

CEO

Adam is an entrepreneur, innovator, mentor of startups and social impact investor. He joins Toniic from his role as Chief Innovation Officer for FTI Consulting, a publicly-listed consulting firm with offices in 25 countries. Adam came to FTI when it acquired Strategic Discovery – a company he co-founded and led as CEO. Previously, Adam served as President of SV Technology, a software startup whose product LawPort was subsequently acquired by Lucidea. He began his career as an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, moving into the position of Chief Technology Counsel – the first position of this kind at a major law firm.

Adam has been investing in microfinance and social impact enterprises for nearly a decade. He has visited more than 15 such enterprises in India and Africa, has served as a mentor to social impact entrepreneurs, and has been a supporter of Acumen since 2009. Adam, who is based in San Francisco, is passionate about the role of for-profit business in tackling some of the world’s thorniest problems, as a complement to strategic philanthropy. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University, a J.D. from University of Chicago Law School, and was a visiting student at the London School of Economics.