Founding Partner, Hannover Advisors
David Bennett has been working across multiple sectors to support environmental innovation for over 15 years. As an independent consultant, David advises clients ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies on topics including clean energy, green building technologies and broader corporate sustainability strategy. Prior to launching a consulting practice, David was a Business & Society Program Fellow at the Aspen Institute and worked at Google as the company’s Real Estate Green Team Operations & Innovations Lead where he was responsible for bringing green building practices and next generation technologies into a portfolio that spans more than 40 countries around the globe. Previously, David partnered with NOAA to develop web-based information tools to support the agency’s recovery planning efforts for Northern California’s threatened and endangered salmon species. Additionally, David has worked on sustainability initiatives with Environmental Defense Fund, The Smithsonian Institute, USDA, USGS and the School for Field Studies in Puerto San Carlos, Mexico.
David holds a B.S. in Geographic Information Sciences from James Madison University, an M.A. in International Development & Social Change from Clark University and an MBA in Sustainable Business Management from Presidio Graduate School. David is a LEED AP O+M and holds an Energy Innovation & Emerging Technologies Certificate from Stanford University.
Project Engineer, ProVen Management
Patrick Brown graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Environmental and Ecological Engineering and a minor in both Environmental Politics and Policy and Natural Resources and Environmental Science. After graduation he interned with the Department of Energy – Energy Policy and Systems Analysis office (DOE – EPSA) were he performed research focused on state, local, and tribal adoption of electric vehicle polices and PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) legislation. He is currently employed as a Project Engineer on a BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) earthquake retrofit program. Starting the beginning of 2016 he will be working for a PACE financing company as an analytical engineer. He is driven everyday knowing his contribution to the world is providing a sustainable interconnection between the built and natural environments.
Executive Director, New Belgium Family Foundation
Lucy Cantwell is a board member and the Executive Director of the New Belgium Family Foundation. Lucy manages the philanthropic and direct investment portfolios, and coordinates with our impact investment advisor to oversee the corpus. She is also on the board of Exponent Philanthropy.
Prior to the New Belgium Family Foundation, Lucy worked in non-profits and art galleries in San Francisco, Chicago and New York, and graduated with Honors in Art History from Vassar College. She now lives in Oakland, CA.
Marketing Manager for Global Creative Services, Banana Republic
Emily has spent 18+ years working in various roles for Gap Inc. including store management, Store Operations and Communications and is currently the Marketing Manager for Global Creative Services at Banana Republic. She also serves as co-president for the Gap Inc. Women in Leadership employee resource group and as a Community Leader for Gap Foundation. She volunteers her time as the Marketing Director for the Marin Primary & Middle School Parent Association as well as is a member of the Marking and Annual Fund Committees. She has also served on the auxiliary council for the Bay Area Discovery Museum and continues to be an active volunteer with the SF AIDS Foundation.
Emily was born in Newport Beach, CA and grew up in the Bay Area. She is an alumni of Humboldt State, University of Hawaii and San Francisco State Universities.
She currently lives in Marin County with her husband, Abdi and two sons; Anthony in Third grade and Teddy in Kindergarten.
Director of Impact Investing, Wetherby Asset Management
Justina is a private equity investor that believes in harnessing the power of capital – and applying the discipline and rigor of conventional investing – to create meaningful social and environmental impact. Justina joined Wetherby Asset management in 2015 where she leads the firm’s impact investment strategy. Prior to Wetherby, she was a Director and Senior Investment Analyst focused on private markets strategies at Sonen Capital, an impact investment management firm. Previously, Justina helped manage the Rockefeller Foundation’s Program Related Investments portfolio comprised of domestic and international impact investments in private equity and private debt. She was also a core member of the Impact Investing team where she advanced and shaped the initiative strategy focused on building the field of impact investing. In addition, she has held positions with Legacy Venture in Palo Alto, CA and Rwanda Ventures, a business incubator launching and operating sustainable agricultural companies in Kigali, Rwanda.
Prior to her career in impact investing, she was an Associate in the New York and Paris offices of Vestar Capital Partners, where she diligenced and executed growth equity and leveraged buyout transactions across the US and Europe. Justina began her career in the sponsor coverage group within Citigroup’s Investment Banking Division in New York. Justina received a BS in Finance and International Business, summa cum laude, from New York University and an MBA with certificates in Public and Global Management from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Justina is proficient in Cantonese Chinese and Spanish and has lived and worked in Hong Kong, France, the UK and Rwanda.
Libby Reder is an experienced marketing/communications and strategy professional with a focus on sustainability. Currently an independent consultant, Libby advises a range of clients with a focus on using technology to mainstream socially-and environmentally-beneficial behavior. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Libby was Business Leader, Corporate Reputation at Visa Inc., leading strategy and operations for Visa’s Currency of Progress platform across seven countries. At Visa, Libby also previously held the role of Business Leader, Corporate Responsibility, through which she led and grew the company’s employee matching gift and volunteer programs, in addition to spearheading Visa’s initial sustainability reporting through the Carbon Disclosure Project. Before joining Visa, Libby created, developed and led eBay Inc.’s environmental initiatives, including employee engagement, stakeholder relationships and customer outreach. Libby had the pleasure of being involved in everything from securing eBay’s investment in the installation of San Jose’s largest commercial solar array to developing annual consumer advertising in the Hearst magazines’ April issues, focused on sustainability. Libby began her career on Capitol Hill, serving as an aide to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Antitrust. Libby holds a BA in Government from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the University of California – Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Marketing Manager, EO Products
Meredith Soden is the Marketing Manager at EO Products, the Marin County-based parent company of two leading personal care brands: EO and Everyone by EO. She is a strong personal advocate for a healthy, sustainable and conscious lifestyle. Prior to her time at EO, Meredith worked in higher education communications at University of the Pacific in San Francisco, and in public relations for start ups and small businesses. She is a graduate of Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo, CA.
Director of Operations, Farmhouse Investment Management
Brandy Wilson is the Director of Operations at Farmhouse Investment Management. Farmhouse is a boutique investment firm in Marin, and she is responsible the client experience and operations. Prior to Farmhouse, Brandy was the former Head of Client Service for Sonen Capital, a dedicated impact investment management firm. Earlier in her career, Brandy served as Associate Director of Client Management at Abbot Downing with the primary responsibility of coordination of private banking, investment management, financial planning and financial administration for ultra-high-net-worth clients, family offices, and foundations.