Board of Directors
Lisa Woll, CEO
As our CEO, Lisa leads US SIF and the US SIF Foundation's overall direction and sits, ex-officio, on all board committees. If you would like to suggest a possible partnership or alliance for US SIF, request a staff member to speak at your event, or become more involved in the organization's activities, contact Lisa.
Lisa has been the CEO of US SIF and the US SIF Foundation since 2006, and has been responsible for strategic planning, developing a robust policy presence, expansion and diversification of funding, launching our national conference and creating the Center for Sustainable Investment Education.
Prior to US SIF, Lisa was executive director of the International Women's Media Foundation, an organization focused on press freedom and expansion of women’s role in the media. During her tenure, the IWMF played a significant role in re-orienting the way journalism training was carried out on the issues of HIV-AIDS, malaria and TB in several African media organizations. Lisa also spent a decade working on children’s human rights. She was the director of the first international study to look at the impact of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and directed the Washington, DC office of Save the Children. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Children’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch.
Lisa's early career focused on domestic social policy and began in the New York City Human Resources Administration as an Urban Fellow and the US Congress as a legislative assistant. Lisa is the founder of Suited for Change, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization that provides professional clothing and ongoing career education to low-income women who have completed job training programs and are seeking employment. She was a founding board member and former president of the board of The Women's Alliance, a national membership organization of community organizations that increase the employability of low-income women. She was also Board President of Women’s Voices for the Earth, a national environmental health organization based in Montana. She has written and spoken widely on human rights and development, as well as leadership. She is a board member of the Children's Environmental Health Network and the founder, with her teenage son, of Advantage Ethiopia: Kids' Tennis and Education Initiative.
In 2001, Lisa was named a Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine in recognition of her pioneering role with Suited for Change. She has received numerous other awards and has volunteered on other nonprofit boards and commissions. Lisa holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in public policy and women's studies from George Washington University. She spent 1990 – 1991 in Melbourne, Australia, as a Fulbright Fellow.
Lisa is energized daily by the opportunity to be part of the leadership team advancing the vital work of sustainable and responsible investors.
Paul Hilton, Chair
Paul Hilton is a portfolio manager at Trillium. He has been involved in sustainable and responsible investment for over 15 years, working on both the investment and sustainability research and advocacy sides.
Prior to joining Trillium, Paul was Vice President, Sustainable Investment Business Strategy at Calvert Investments, leading SRI product and business development, with a particular focus on the institutional and international arenas. He also previously held senior positions within Calvert's Equities and Marketing Departments. Prior to Calvert, Paul was a Portfolio Manager for Socially Responsible Investing at The Dreyfus Corporation. At Dreyfus he was responsible for social research and advocacy for the Dreyfus Premier Third Century Fund and its variable annuity counterpart, the Dreyfus Socially Responsible Growth Fund. Paul also served as a research analyst in the Social Awareness Investment (SAI) program at Smith Barney Asset Management, then a division of Citigroup. He started his career in the field of SRI as an analyst with the Council on Economic Priorities, a non-profit known for an influential consumer guidebook called "Shopping for a Better World."
Paul is co-founder of SIRAN, the Sustainable Investment Research Analyst Network, a national group of analysts working to promote dialogue with companies about corporate responsibility. He is also a former Treasurer of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI) and current member and former co-chair of its Asset Management Working Group. A Chartered Financial Analyst, he holds Master’s degrees in Anthropology from New York University and Education from Roberts Wesleyan College.
Darragh Gallant, Vice Chair
Darragh Gallant is Managing Director, US and Director of Institutional Relations, North America for Sustainalytics. In her role, Darragh is responsible for managing operations in the US, and for directing business development, sales, marketing and client relations in North America.
Darragh has 14 years of experience within the responsible investment industry in the US. Prior to joining Sustainalytics, Darragh directed marketing and client relations for KLD Research & Analytics, Inc., and also has over seven years of experience as an ESG analyst on both the sell side and buy side. Darragh serves on the Steering Committee of SIRAN and board of directors for US SIF and US SIF Foundation. Darragh graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Economics and International Affairs.
Mark Regier, Secretary
Mark A. Regier is Vice President of Stewardship Investing for Praxis Mutual Funds and Everence Financial, a leading provider of faith-based financial products in the United States and a ministry of Mennonite Church USA. Mark has been involved in the field of ethical and socially responsible investing at Everence for more than 17 years. He oversees the company’s work in socially responsible investing (including investment screening, proxy voting and corporate engagement and impact investments). In addition, Mark works with products and programs throughout Everence to strengthen their creative integration of faith and finances.
Phil Kirshman, Treasurer
Phil Kirshman is the Chief Investment Officer at Cornerstone Capital Group. Phil is a recognized expert and leader in the field of sustainable investment consulting, with 20 years of client experience in advisory and portfolio management capacities. He has worked closely with private companies, foundations, family offices, trustees, and directly with families to plan, strategize, implement and provide continuous reporting on sustainable investment strategies and initiatives. Phil’s portfolio management credentials and experience bring important fiduciary-level perspectives to Cornerstone’s private client wealth management engagements. He oversees Cornerstone's investment policy planning, strategic asset allocation optimization, manager due diligence, investment implementation and portfolio reporting strategies.
Andrew Behar, At-Large Member
Andrew is currently the CEO of As You Sow, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing environmental and social corporate responsibility. Founded in 1992, As You Sow envisions a safe, just, and sustainable world in which environmental health and human rights are central to corporate decision making. The Energy, Environmental Health, Waste, Proxy Power, and Human Rights programs create industry-wide change through corporate dialogue, shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies. Andrew was brought into As You Sow five years ago (in 2009) to develop a strategic plan, after which he was asked to lead the organization in its implementation.
Andrew brings over 30 years of experience as a Senior Executive and strategist in the clean-tech, communications, and life science sectors. Prior to As You Sow, he founded a clean-tech start-up to develop innovative fuel cell technologies for grid-scale energy storage, a biofuel start-up, and a medical device start-up. He also has experience in media, running a media and technology company for 15 years that developed interactive technology as well as directing and producing several feature length documentary films, one of which, which called, “Tie-Died: Rock ‘n Roll’s Most Deadicated Fans” followed the followers of the Grateful Dead and premiered at Sundance.
Meredith Benton, At-Large Member
Meredith Benton is the Director, Head of Client Relations at Sonen Capital. Prior to that she was a Client Portfolio & Shareholder Engagement Manager at Boston Common Asset Management where she provided investment management services to institutional and high net worth clients, working from Boston Common's West Coast office.
Meredith was formerly the Associate Director of Social Research at Walden Asset Management, where she coordinated the social research process and led shareholder engagement programs. She has also worked outside of the industry, starting her career at a climate change policy consultancy and, more recently, negotiating and managing contracts for Amtrak's western region. Her formal education includes a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Religion at Oberlin College and a MBA at the international business school, INSEAD. In 2009, she was awarded a Robin Cosgrove Prize for Business and Ethics.
Michelle Clayman, At-Large Member
Michelle Clayman, CFA, is the Founder, Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer of New Amsterdam Partners LLC, an institutional money management firm in New York. Michelle has been published in the Financial Analysts Journal, the Journal of Investing and NYSSA Financial Professionals' Post, and is a frequent commentator on Bloomberg and other financial media. In addition, she sits on the Boards of US SIF, the Society of Quantitative Analysts (of which she is a past President), and The Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance, and is a volunteer for the CFA Institute.
An active volunteer in her community, Michelle serves as a Director of Children of Bellevue, a charity providing services to children at New York's Bellevue Hospital. She was a Girl Scout Leader for 17 years and has acted as a Course Director in Finance and Entrepreneurship for the East Harlem Tutorial Program. She is a member of the Dean’s Council at the Harvard Divinity School. Michelle is also Chair of the Advisory Council of Stanford University’s Institute for Gender Research. Michelle received a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, England (MA (Oxon)), and an MBA from Stanford University, California.
Justin Conway, At-Large Member
Justin Conway is the Senior Director of Investment Partnerships at Calvert Foundation, a national nonprofit managing over $400 million in community development, microfinance, and social enterprise investments. He is responsible for business and industry development, manages the firm’s financial services and distribution relationships, and works closely with the investors and financial advisors that are at the forefront of using investment capital for social impact.
Prior to Calvert Foundation, Justin managed the Community Investment Program of the Social Investment Forum and Green America, where he was instrumental in growing the overall demand for community investing among financial professionals. Before that he worked on economic and legal issues in both Asia and Central America. Justin serves on the board of US SIF and numerous other advisory boards and committees in the sustainable and impact investing industries. He received a Bachelors in Sociology and Statistics from James Madison University and a Masters in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University.
Alyssa Greenspan, At-Large Member
Alyssa is Chief Operating Officer of Community Capital Management, Inc., which specializes in managing fixed-income impact investing strategies. In her role, Alyssa is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities and operations of the firm including overseeing risk management, portfolio compliance, and client service. She also serves as chair of the firm's Management Committee and is a member of the Investment Management & Trading Committee.
Alyssa's past experience includes working as a Senior Analyst for Gomez, Inc. and a Senior Equity Analyst at Morningstar. She began her investment career in 1994 at Northern Trust and holds a BSM in Finance from Tulane University, and an MBA from the University of Miami. Alyssa is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute, the CFA Society of South Florida and the National Association of Women MBAs. Alyssa is a past mentor for Take Stock in Children, a non-profit organization that provides college scholarships for low-income and at-risk students in Florida.Hilary Irby, Appointed Member
Hilary Irby is Chief Operating Officer of the Morgan Stanley Global Sustainable Finance (GSF) group and Head of the Morgan Stanley Investing with Impact Initiative. GSF harnesses the power and discipline of the capital markets to enhance environmental sustainability, advance economic opportunity and promote community development. The firm’s Investing with Impact initiative aims to provide clients with investment opportunities focused on providing financial returns as well as positive environmental and social impact.
Curtis Ravenel, At-Large Member
As Global Head of Sustainable Business & Finance, Curtis Ravenel leads Bloomberg’s sustainability initiatives - a Chairman’s Office effort and the result of his 2006 Bloomberg Global Leadership Forum proposal. The program aggressively integrates sustainability considerations into all firm operations and leverages the Bloomberg Professional Service to evaluate sustainability-related investment risks and opportunities for its 315,000 customers.
Curtis has worked for Bloomberg in multiple roles. He was the Financial Controller for Asia managing accounting, tax, treasury and audit services for 23 legal entities with combined annual revenues exceeding $1 billion USD. This was preceded by various roles in the Capital Planning and Financial Analysis Groups.
Prior to his work with Bloomberg, L.P., Curtis co-managed a small real estate development group, founded a micro-brewery and worked with the Recycling Advisory Council in Washington, DC conducting Full Cost Accounting and Life Cycle Analysis work.
He currently serves as a board member at US SIF, The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, and at the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). He serves as an advisor to the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR) and the USA Advisory Board to the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce. Curtis was awarded a David Rockefeller Fellowship with the Partnership for New York City in 2011. He earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in History from Davidson College.
Nancy joined Parnassus Investments in 2005 and serves as the Director of Advisor Relations. As Director of Advisor Relations, she oversees communications with investment advisors and family offices and manage fund distribution via the wirehouse, RIA, bank trust and independent broker dealer channels. She works closely to communicate the value of ESG criteria to investors and is a primary point of contact for Parnassus’ involvement with the UN Principles for Responsible Investment. She has over fifteen years of experience in the field of responsible investing.
Leslie leads Green Century Capital Management, focusing on the firm’s current and emerging investment strategies, business development, and impact investing program. She is a frequent speaker on fossil fuel free investing and impact investing and serves as the firm’s primary media spokesperson. Prior to joining Green Century, Ms. Samuelrich served as the Chief of Staff at Corporate Accountability International and Executive Director of Green Corps, leading significant expansion campaigns.
Leslie earned a BA in economics from Boston College and currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Business Ethics Network and the Intentional Endowments Network.