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In 2014, Sallie collaborated with Impax President Joe Keefe to create the Impax Ellevate Global Women’s Leadership Fund, which invests in the highest-rated companies in the world in advancing women’s leadership. Today, that Fund is the oldest and largest in the gender lens investing space, and Sallie serves as consultant to Impax Ellevate team.
Sallie is the CEO and co-founder of Ellevest, a digital-first, mission-driven investment platform for women. Ellevest is one of the fastest growing digital investment platforms and has been named a #24 on CNBC’s top 50 “Disruptor” list, #14 on LinkedIn’s 50 “Most Sought-After Startups” (and #2 in New York) and one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 100 Brilliant Ideas. Sallie’s professional mission is to help women reach their financial and professional goals, thus enabling them to live better lives and unleashing a positive ripple effect for our families, our communities and our economy.
She is widely recognized as one of the most influential women in business. In 2020, Barron’s named her to its list of the 100 “Most Influential Women in the U.S.” Inc. recognized her as a “Top Female Founder,” and Fortune Magazine dubbed Sallie “The Last Honest Analyst.” Forbes listed Sallie as the seventh most powerful woman in the world, and she was # 9 on Fast Company’s list of the “100 Most Creative People in Business.”
Sallie is the best-selling author of “Own It: The Power of Women at Work” and is chair of the Ellevate Network, a 150,000-strong global professional women’s network.
Before launching Impax Ellevate and Ellevest, Sallie built a successful career on Wall Street: She was the CEO of Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney, US Trust, the Citi Private Bank, and Sanford C. Bernstein. She was also Chief Financial Officer for Citigroup. Prior to that, she was a top-ranked research analyst covering the securities industry.
Sallie received a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA with honors from Columbia Business School.
Joe is President of Impax Asset Management LLC, the North American division of Impax Asset Management Group and investment adviser to Impax Funds. He is responsible for distribution of Impax’s full capabilities across North America.
Prior to joining the firm in May 2005, Joe was President of NewCircle Communications, a strategic consulting and communications firm specializing in corporate social responsibility and public policy communications. He served as Senior Advisor for Strategic Social Policy at Calvert Group from 2003-2005 and as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Citizens Advisers from 1997-2000. He is a former member of the Board of Directors (2000-2006) of US SIF, the trade association representing asset managers and investors engaged in sustainable investing throughout the United States. Before entering the investment management industry, Joe worked in private law practice for 16 years.
Joe holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the College of the Holy Cross.
Kelly is a subject matter expert on gender lens investing. She has honed and expanded the firm’s practice management resources helping institutions and financial advisors to engage more effectively with clients, specifically women and the next generation, on sustainable investing concepts.
Prior to joining Impax in 2014, Kelly worked in sales at a boutique ETF investment manager and began her career in investor services at Eaton Vance.
Kelly holds the FINRA Series 6, 63, and 65 registrations and is a registered representative of Foreside Financial Services, LLC. She has a bachelor’s degree in Human Rights from Trinity College-Hartford, and is a graduate of Wharton’s Women’s Executive Leadership program.
Q&A with Impax Gender Analytics Team
In this Q&A, Kelly Baldoni interviewed two of our gender lens investing experts, Heather Smith and David Loehwing to discuss the process of creating the Impax Gender Score and to share their insights on the growing opportunity for gender lens investors.
Kweilin leads McKinsey & Company’s life insurance practice in North America.
During her 22 years with the company, she has overseen multiple global transformations, integrated operations and strategy to empower employees and improved efficiency and effectiveness. Kweilin became the first woman to lead McKinsey & Company’s Minneapolis location in 2012.
Kweilin is a McKinsey Global Institute Director and has led numerous research efforts on topics including gender equality, the impact of COVID-19 on jobs and the future of work in a post-COVID-19 world.
Before McKinsey, Kweilin worked at the Center for Women & Enterprise, a nonprofit that helps women entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.
Kweilin earned an MBA at Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science at Harvard University. She serves on the boards of @Makers and the Greater Twin Cities United Way. Kweilin lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three daughters.
David leads the sustainability team in North America and is responsible for overseeing Impax’s sustainability and ESG research and development of its methodologies, as well as engagement and stewardship across Impax portfolios. David leads on Impax’s internal sustainability frameworks including the construction and management of Impax’s Systematic ESG Rating and the Impax Gender Score. He is a member of the Sustainability Lens Committee, Sustainability Policy Committee and ESG & Sustainability Committee which govern integration of sustainability and stewardship in Impax’s investment process.
David’s role at Impax also includes Co-Chair of the Environment Group and member of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Group.
David has worked in sustainable investing since 1998. Before joining Impax in 2007, he worked in the field at Citizens Advisers and the Investor Responsibility Research Center. David has been active within industry working groups and advisory committees related to sustainable investing.
David graduated from Bowdoin College, Maine, with an BA in Sociology.
Deborah S. Christie, CFA
Deborah Christie is a Managing Director for Cambridge Associates LLC. She specializes in manager research covering United States and Canadian equities, as well as women portfolio managers and gender lens investing.
Deborah authored the Cambridge reports “Gender Lens Investing — Impact Opportunities Through Gender Equity” and “Investing for Climate Justice: An Intersectional Approach.”
Deborah is a member of the Public Investments rating committee and Chair of a Cambridge Women’s employee resource group committee. Prior to rejoining Cambridge Associates in 2011, Deborah co-founded Great Oak Investment Management. As Director of Research and Chief Compliance Officer, she oversaw the firm’s research on small-cap equities and managed its compliance program. Prior to that she served as a Research Consultant at Cambridge Associates. Deborah started her career in finance at Willamette Management Associates.
Deborah earned her MBA at Georgetown University and a BA in Economics and Internal Relations at the University of California at Davis. She is an ambassador for Girls Who Invest and serves on the board of directors of the Solar Village Project, which helps underserved communities access solar power.
Kiley leads environmental, social and governance (ESG) product development and management for Envestnet PMC’s suite of offerings, including ESG-focused managed portfolios and PMC Research ESG due diligence.
She also oversees ESG and impact data relationships and strategic development of ESG and impact reporting initiatives.
Prior to joining PMC in 2019, Kiley served as a senior client advisor at Sustainalytics, an ESG research, ratings and analytics firm, where she supported US asset managers in integrating ESG research into the investment process. Before that she worked at the UN Principles for Responsible Investment.
Kiley holds a Master of Science in sustainability management from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in environmental sustainability from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Kiley is a CFA Level III Candidate.
Kristin leads NEPC’s endowment and foundation practice, where she specializes in Total Enterprise Management; asset allocation and portfolio construction; modeling and implementation of spending-based asset allocation studies; and evaluation and selection of alternative investment managers.
She is a member of the Partners’ Research Committee, which sets direction for firm research.
Kristin developed a model for Total Enterprise Management (TEM) that integrates the short-term operational needs of an organization with its long-term goals. TEM is an extension of Kristin’s “Spending in an Integrated Asset Liability Framework” whitepaper, which discusses the model that analyzes the spending requirements of endowment and foundation clients.
Before joining NEPC, Kristin worked at Citigroup Asset Management, specializing in executive compensation structures for large corporate clients. Prior to her investment career, she worked as a loan service officer at a community cooperative bank.
Kristin earned an MBA from Simmons Graduate School of Management and a BA in finance and economics from Simmons University. She is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society and the CFA Institute. Kristin became a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designee in 2008.
John Molesphini is Global Head of Insights for the Investment Intelligence unit of Nasdaq, which includes eVestment, of whose leadership team John is also a member.
In these roles, John focuses on enhancing relationships with client firms and discussing industry trends and eVestment’s data and analysis with client and industry audiences.
John has held many roles with eVestment since joining the firm in 2006. He served as Global Head of Client Success, where he managed client experience efforts, and he was Director of the firm’s Global Sales Specialist team as well as an Omni Specialist on the eVestment Business Development team and Vice President and Manager of Client Service.
Before joining eVestment, John spent four years at INVESCO, where he managed marketing support services, including consultant database reporting and analytics. John started his career as a financial advisor with Quick & Reilly, which is now part of Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Lily S. Trager
As Head of Investing with Impact at Morgan Stanley, Lily Trager provides individuals, families and institutional clients with investment products and solutions to help them capture the opportunities and mitigate risks posed by key sustainability and impact themes.
Before joining Morgan Stanley in 2014, Lily served as Head of Research and Due Diligence at Veris Wealth Partners in New York, a registered investment advisory that serves clients who are interested in sustainable and impact investing. Lily started her career at Cambridge Associates in Boston, where she worked on teams overseeing $3.9 billion in nonprofit, high-net-worth and foundation investment portfolios.
Lily was named to the 2018 class of MAKERS @ Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, which celebrates groundbreaking women who are advocates and innovators in their field. She co-founded Women Investing for a Sustainable Economy (WISE) in 2012, a professional networking group with eight global chapters.
Lily earned her MBA in sustainable business from Presidio Graduate School (formerly Bainbridge Graduate Institute) and her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from Bates College. She and her family live in Manhattan.
Sally joined the board as a Non-Executive Director in July 2015 and was appointed Chair in December 2020. Sally is a member of the Remuneration Committee.
She is currently a non-executive director of Royal London, Pension Insurance Corporation plc, Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Limited and the Local Pensions Partnership Ltd, having worked in the UK pensions industry for 30 years.
Originally qualifying as a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries with consultants Bacon & Woodrow (now Aon), she was CEO of the BP Pension Fund from 2007-2014. Sally held a number of voluntary roles with the actuarial profession and was the first lady Master of the Worshipful Company of Actuaries 2016-17.
Diana van Maasdijk
Diana van Maasdijk is Co-Founder and CEO of Equileap, the leading provider of data and insights on gender equality in the corporate sector.
Equileap aims to accelerate progress toward gender equality in the workplace. Based in Amsterdam, the company researches and ranks more than 4,000 global public companies through its Gender Equality Scorecard™, which uses 19 criteria, including pay equity, parental leave, sexual harassment and gender balance in the workforce, in senior management and on the board of directors.
Diana has significant experience in philanthropy and social impact investing. Prior to launching Equileap she served as Head of Philanthropy at ABN AMRO Private Bank and Director of Development at Mama Cash, the world’s oldest international women’s fund.
Diana earned a Master of Arts in international development from American University and a Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College.
Heather Smith is a Vice President, Sustainable Investing, and Lead Sustainability Research Analyst at Impax Asset Management LLC, the North American division of Impax Asset Management Group and investment adviser to Impax Funds.
She researches and evaluates the environmental, social and governance performance of companies for potential inclusion in the firm’s portfolios. She is also a member of the Impax Gender Analytics Team. Heather helps oversee the firm’s proxy voting and coordinates its gender‑related shareholder engagements.
Before joining the firm in 2007, Heather was a Legislative Aide for the New Hampshire State Senate. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science and an MBA from the University of New Hampshire. She has also served as a member of the Sustainable Investment Research Analyst Network steering committee.
Jackie VanderBrug is a Managing Director and Head of Sustainable & Impact Investment Strategy for the Chief Investment Office within Bank of America Corporation.
She is responsible for driving sustainability through the investment process, including thought leadership, strategy development, client experience and portfolio construction for individuals, institutions and foundations supporting both Merrill and Bank of America Private Bank.
Jackie believes that all investors should understand the power they have to make impact through their investments. Before joining Bank of America, she served as Managing Director at Criterion Ventures, where she worked with high-net-worth individuals and nonprofits on impact strategies and led the development of the field of gender lens investing. She also led business development for the technology firm iBasis, and she cofounded Work in Progress, a nonprofit social enterprise focused on career development for underprivileged youth.
Jackie earned her MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and her BS in mathematics from Calvin College. She is an Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow and serves on the Board of the Trustees of the Donations.
Julie Gorte, Ph.D.
Julie Gorte is Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing at Impax Asset Management LLC, the North American division of Impax Asset Management Group and investment adviser to Impax Funds.
She oversees environmental, social and governance-related research on prospective and current investments as well as the firm’s shareholder engagement and public policy advocacy. Julie is also a member of the Impax Gender Analytics team.
Prior to joining the firm, Julie served as Vice President and Chief Social Investment Strategist at Calvert. Her experience before she joined the investment world in 1999 includes a various number of roles. Julie spent nearly 14 years as Senior Associate and Project Director at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. Additionally, she has held the roles of Vice President for Economic and Environmental Research at The Wilderness Society, and Program Manager for Technology Programs in the Environmental Protection Agency’s policy office and Senior Associate at the Northeast-Midwest Institute.
Julie serves on the boards of the Endangered Species Coalition, E4theFuture, Clean Production Action and is the board chair of the Sustainable Investments Institute.
Julie received a Ph.D. and Master of Science in resource economics from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science in forest management at Northern Arizona University.
Angela R. Olden is the chief financial officer for Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA). She oversees the financial management of the organization, including the controller, treasury and financial planning and analysis teams.
Before joining GSUSA, Angela served as CFO of Federation Employment and Guidance Service, Inc. (FEGS), one of the largest and most diversified nonprofit health and human services organizations, where she managed a $280 million budget and oversaw the finances of 14 subsidiaries. Prior to that, she served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, which provides funding for education and health and human services organizations. Angela spent 11 years as a financial executive for FMC Corporation.
Angela earned her MBA in economics and marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a certified public accountant in New York and Pennsylvania. Angela is a proud Girl Scout alumna who co-led her daughter’s Girl Scout troop.
As Managing Director of Verus, Margaret Jadallah provides strategic investment advice and ensures that clients meet their long‐term investment objectives.
She focuses on public fund consulting. Margaret is a member of the Verus investment committee, and she manages Verus’s emerging and diverse manager initiative.
Before joining Verus in 2016, Margaret spent 14 years with Strategic Investment Solutions, where she was a founding member. There, she served as a generalist consultant and director of manager research. Prior to that Margaret oversaw client service, manager research and portfolio construction for Bivium Capital Partners. She also served as a consultant to ultra-high-net-worth individuals at Harris myCFO and as a senior manager of research at Callan Associates.
Margaret sits on the finance and investment committee for the Stern Grove Festival. She served three years on the board of the San Mateo County Retirement Association.
Margaret earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Smith College and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
Melissa Platner is the Director of Consultant Relations at Impax Asset Management LLC, the North American division of Impax Asset Management Group and investment adviser to Impax Funds. In this role, Melissa works to increase awareness about and adoption of the firm’s investment strategies among institutional investors and consultants.
Melissa Platner is Vice President of Head of Institutional and Consultant Relations at Impax LLC, the North American division of Impax Asset Management Group and investment adviser to Impax Funds.
Melissa works to increase awareness and adoption of the firm’s sustainable investing strategies among institutional investors and consultants.
Prior to joining Impax in 2017, Melissa was a VP and Senior Consultant Relations Liaison with SSGA and GE Asset Management. Before that she held roles in consultant relations, sales and retirement market product development with Hartford Life and ING. Melissa started her career with Morgan Stanley in 2000.
Melissa holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 securities licenses and is a registered representative of Foreside Financial Services, LLC. She is pursuing a certificate in Sustainable Finance from Columbia University. Melissa earned an MBA from the University of Connecticut and a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College. She is a CAIA charterholder.
Lynette H. Jefferson
Lynette Jefferson oversees delivery of UBS sustainable investment products and solutions.
She is responsible for driving advisor and client education, global collaboration, developing and executing marketing strategy, and supporting product distribution and deployment of tools and resources. Her team focuses on expanding the number of diverse investment managers and strategies that address diversity, equality and inclusion.
Lynette joined UBS in 2006. She built the firm’s custom platform for ultra-high net worth advising — the UBS Consolidated Advisory Program (CAP), which lets advisors deliver customized, holistic, portfolio-level advice under a single agreement. Prior to that, Lynette led product management for the firm’s Institutional Corporate Cash Management business.
Lynette is active in several UBS leadership programs and employee networks, particularly those related to diversity, equality and inclusion. She received the 2020 WMA Home Office Leadership award for outstanding volunteer efforts. She is an inaugural member of the newly formed UBS Americas DE&I Council.
Lynette earned an MBA in Finance from the New York University Stern School of Business and a BS in applied mathematics and statistics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Jenifer Cannon, CAP®,CSRIC®
Jenifer manages strategic relationships in the US intermediary channel. She also specialises in thematic and philanthropic investing, gender lens investing, and practice management, with a particular focus on helping firms and their advisors integrate sustainable investing into their practices and client portfolios.
Before joining Impax in 2018, Jenifer was part of the senior management team at Vigilant Capital Management. She has also worked for Fidelity Investments, Putnam Investments, and Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. in retail and institutional roles. She was also in leadership positions at The Boston Foundation and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation providing individuals and families with philanthropic advice.
Jenifer holds the FINRA Series 6, 63, and 65 registrations. She is a chartered adviser in philanthropy, a 21/64 certified adviser, and a chartered SRI counsellor. Jenifer has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of New Hampshire and continues to participate in professional education programmes. She also sits on the Board of Trustees for the Foundation for Seacoast Health and Friend Forever International. She is also a registered representative of Foreside Financial Services, LLC.