Emily Allred (Co-director)
Emily served as the loan fund manager for Working Capital for Community Needs for over six years, managing a $12 million debt portfolio. The fund raised capital from individuals and institutions to support agricultural producer and micro-finance organizations in Latin America. Her responsibilities included risk management, investors relationships, industry research, and securities management.
Most recently, Emily served as the CFO of NuCivic, a mission-based company providing full-service OpenSaaS solutions to public sector institutions around the world. Through 2015 and into 2016, she managed the integration of the company's staff and systems into GovDelivery after the company was acquired.
Emily received degrees in finance and economics from the University of Utah. She has served as a mentor with the Rocky Mountain Microfinance Institute for over four years.
Ed Briscoe (Board President & Co-Director)
Ed Briscoe is a co-director of the organization and the corporation’s President. Ed is currently the Founder and Managing Partner of Weave Social Finance, a provider of consulting and investment banking services to social enterprises and businesses based in low-income communities. Through his career, Ed has directed, structured, and facilitated over $300 million in investments benefiting low income communities.
Ed’s experience in the organizational leadership and management of charitable organizations includes serving on the Board of Directors of Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute for over 5 years, “Unreasonable Angel” with the Unreasonable Institute (now Uncharted), and the first investor and board member for Knotty Tie Co.
Ed has a B.S. in business administration from Samford University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University with concentrations in finance, strategy, and human and organizational performance.
Lauri Briscoe (Program Director)
Annie Roethel (Director of Engagement)
Annie has served with us since 2015. She brings with her a national and international non-profit and community development background.
Annie has programs-centric experience having done everything from coordinating order fulfillment and logistics for a regional foodbank to coordinating and teaching a Business Launch Boot Camp through Rocky Mountain Microfinance Institute for low-income Denver entrepreneurs that are seeking business education and microloans.
Annie received BA in Political Science and Global Studies from Arizona State University and her MA in International Development and Microfinance from the University of Denver.
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Helen Gemmill (Secretary)
Helen has deep experience in the management and operation of charitable organizations and has served as Chair of the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County and the Women Donors Network, founding Director of Individual Giving at Global Greengrants Fund, and National Development Chair for the White House Project.
Helen earned her B.A. in International Studies Middlebury College, an M.A. in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University, and a second M.A. in International Studies with a specialization in International Water Scarcity from the University of Denver.
Rich currently serves as an advisory board member of the Center for Education on Social Responsibility at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Leeds School of Business, and on the advisory board for the Social Enterprise Initiative at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
Rich’s experience in the organization and management of charitable organizations is significant. He has been a partner with Social Venture Partners Boulder County since 2001, and served as board chair from 2004-2006. He also spent seven years as Board chair for Blood:Water Mission, a Nashville-based nonprofit that partners with community based organizations in the fight against the HIV/AIDs and water crisis throughout East Africa. In addition to his work locally, Rich is actively engaged in the social enterprise sector in East Africa as both investor and advisor to several early-stage social enterprises while also supporting training/capacity building programs for local entrepreneurs.
Rich has a BA from the University of Missouri-Colombia and a MBA in Organizational Strategy and Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago.
Ryan worked on the founding teams of several venture backed startups and as in-house counsel at a venture firm. Frustrated that there weren’t more law firms that understood the needs of nimble, growth-oriented businesses, Ryan founded Rubicon. Ryan is at his best when working alongside clients to match legal solutions to business strategy and goals. From founding to exit, Ryan provides clients with counsel that is understandable, efficient, and solutions-focused.
Ryan received a BA in International Politics from Brigham Young University, and both a JD and MBA from the University of Denver. Ryan also studied at Peking University. He is a volunteer mentor for the Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute, and as a volunteer for a local Scout troop. Previously, Ryan taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business. Ryan loves running, reading, and all things technology. He is also the proud father of five daughters. (yes, five daughters)
Will Morgan leads the effort to define, evaluate and report impact across Sonen Capital's public and private market investment strategies, and for some of Sonen's most highly targeted and customized impact investment portfolios. Will provides top-down impact frameworks that inform the investment underwriting process, focusing on identifying thematic social and environmental outcomes and how those outcomes can be achieved through specific investment activities.
Prior to Sonen Capital, Will's experience include management consulting with social enterprises overseas and in the U.S. Will also served as the International Director for Social-Impact, a professional development program for social entrepreneurs in Hyderabad, India. Additionally, Will worked as a program officer at the Skoll Foundation overseeing grants, financial and programmatic monitoring, and capacity building.
Will earned a BA in Latin American Economic Development from Franklin and Marshall College, in Lancaster, PA. He completed his international MBA with a specialization in finance at the University of Denver.
Heather Potters (Treasurer)
Heather is currently the Co-Chairman and Global Business Development Manager of PharmaJet, a private drug delivery company, as well as a partner in a number of investment and private equity funds.
Heather’s philanthropic experience has been closely tied with her professional work. She helped support private sector development in Eastern Europe and other emerging markets through USAID and various investment funds. More recently, Heather’s work at PharmaJet has involved collaboration on certain healthcare initiatives with the WHO, CDC, PATH and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Heather has a BA in International Management from Claremont McKenna College and a MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Brook Eddy (Marketing Advisor)
Brook is the Founder of Bhakti Chai, a producer of food and beverage products.
Brook’s experience in the management of charitable organizations is directly related to her management of Bhakti Chai, a Certified B Corporation, which is a new type of corporations that harnesses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
Brook has a BA in Psychology from Wayne State University and a MA in Social Policy, Non-Profit Management, and Social Work from the University of Michigan.
Gaye Leonard (Development Advisor)
Kate Kennedy Reinemund
Kate served as Impact Charitable's Executive Director from 2015 to 2017, and she is now the interim executive director for Constellation Philanthropy. Kate's professional experience ranges from capital markets and investment management for families and institutions, to building and growing a social venture focused on helping nonprofits connect with their next generation of givers.
Kate's impact work has been broad, with both international and local involvement. Kate worked with microfinance institutions in India and Bosnia, helping them to transform from nonprofit to for-profit, sustainable models. She has also served on and managed boards for the regional alumni community for Stanford University, Project CURE in Colorado, as well as a family foundation focused on education and human services.
Kate has a BA in Psychology from Boston College and a MBA from Stanford University.
Praful Shah (Investment Committee)
Praful serves on the organization's investment committee alongside three board members. The majority of his career was as a pharmaceutical scientist working in large pharmaceutical and small biotech companies.
Praful is now one of the most active impact focused angel investors in Colorado and perhaps the country. He is particularly focused on women led businesses and is often the first investor in such ventures. Praful shared some of his thoughts on angel investing for impact and profit in an article in the Huffington Post.
Praful received a BS in Chemistry from Pace University, a MBA from the University of New Haven, and a Ph.D in Pharmaceutics from the University of Kansas. .
Doug Spencer (Development Advisor)
Doug advises the organization on development plans and strategies. He is a consultant to numerous scalable social enterprises around the world. Doug runs a small direct impact investment operation working to drive capital to promising businesses. 75% of direct investments are in women led companies and themes include financial or other access to services for people who happen to be poor, employment, and environmental sustainability.
Doug has previous served in leadership and development roles with Water for People and Friendship Bridge. He received BA in history from Lewis and Clark College.
Doug shared some of his expertise in impact investing with Barron's magazine in late 2015 - http://www.barrons.com/articles/impact-investing-done-right-1448684364