What is your job?
I recently joined Calvert Social Investment Foundation on the U.S. Lending team.
We offer a note product to retail investors who seek to align their values with
their investments. We are a financial intermediary that lends to social enterprises
and organizations that benefit communities around the world. Our mission is to
maximize the flow of capital to disadvantaged communities in order to create a
more equitable and sustainable society.

What is impact investing?
Impact investing is a relatively new private capital investment strategy motivated by the goal of generating both positive financial returns and a positive influence on society and the environment.

What does your job entail?
I am responsible for the screening and due diligence of new deals and renewals of maturing loans. I have a particular interest in Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs), which have been around since the late 1960s. Impact investing has received a lot of attention recently, presenting opportunities to be innovative in structuring products for both traditional and new double bottom line enterprises.

Favorite thing about what you do?
I am grateful for the opportunity to help address the needs of low-income Americans through finance. Impact investing has been focusing on poverty in developing countries, but there are many issues and communities here in the U.S. that need financially sustainable solutions as well.

 

We are looking for more volunteers that can share their story and write about what they’ve done since graduation. If you are interested, please email ngandia@post.harvard.edu. Thank you!

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