Meet the Staff


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.



Meg Voorhes, Director of Research
 

Meg heads up our research department and leads the production of our biennial, flagship report, Sustainable and Responsible Investing Trends in the United States.  Contact Meg with questions about this and other research US SIF is conducting.  

Before joining the US SIF staff, Meg directed environmental, social and governance research for RiskMetrics Group’s Financial Research and Analysis division.  There, her duties included editing Corporate Social Issues Reporter, a monthly journal, and heading the firm’s Sustainability Task Force.  For much of her career at the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC), which the Institutional Shareholder Service unit of RiskMetrics Group acquired in 2005, Meg specialized in issues related to multinational investment in South Africa.  From 1990 through 1996, she directed IRRC’s Southern Africa Service.   In 1997, Meg was tapped to direct IRRC’s Social Issues Service, where she coordinated the organization’s research on the environmental, human rights and other social issues raised by shareholders at U.S. companies.  She co-edited the 1998 book, The Sweatshop Quandary:  Corporate Responsibility on the Global Frontier.  From 2001 through 2003, Meg served as a judge for Social Accountability International’s Corporate Conscience Award.  She served on the board of US SIF from 2006 to 2008 and on Wesleyan University's Committee on Investor Responsibility from 2010 to 2012.  She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and earned a Master of International Public Policy degree from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
 

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Alya Kayal, Director of Programs and Policy
 

Alya’s responsibilities on public policy include interacting with congressional offices, regulatory agencies and other organizations working on policy priorities; working on the implementation of financial reform, budget and appropriations issues at key federal agencies; monitoring environmental, social and governance issues; and keeping US SIF members informed on policy and programs, among other things. If you have any specific questions about US SIF’s work on public policy, Center for Sustainable Investment Education or programs, please contact her.

Before joining US SIF in June 2011, Alya managed corporate sustainability research and analysis at Calvert Investments, Inc. She focused on human rights, international labor issues in the global supply chains, as well as corporate impact on the rights of Indigenous Peoples. Alya has also served on the Steering Committee of the International Working Group (IWG) of US SIF.  She was a member of the Stakeholder Council of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and a member of the Investment Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (ACIEP) where she promoted reforms of the US National Contact Point under the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Prior to her career at Calvert, she worked at the US Department of Labor on an international child labor report that identified countries and industries that used child labor in the export of manufactured products from industry or mining to the United States. Alya has also worked on a special project for the U.S. Information Agency and the Soros Foundation on the status of independent media in Eastern Europe and the states of the former Soviet Union. In 1992, she worked as an aide to the U.S. expert member of the UN Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities. While there, she drafted several human rights resolutions and assisted in the negotiations on complex political and human rights issues with representatives from various countries. Alya has written and published numerous articles on human rights issues, including on the 44th session of the UN Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities.

Alya earned a JD from the University of Minnesota Law School and a BA in Sociology and International Communications from Rutgers University. 


Farzana Hoque, Manager of Research and Programs


Farzana's primary responsibilities are researching, writing, and data collection to support the production of US SIF publications and reports. She also manages US SIF's mutual funds and separate accounts charts (see http://charts.ussif.org/). 

During the first four years of her career at the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA), Farzana gained a strong interest in private capital as a critical driver for development and how it can be leveraged to address society's most pressing challenges. Since then, she has worked closely with sustainable and impact investing, with a focus on environmental issues and clean energy investments. After EMPEA, she researched climate change challenges and opportunities for advisory projects at Asian Tiger Capital Partners in Dhaka, Bangladesh. While at the Small Enterprise Assistance Funds Ventures Management, a private equity fund financed by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), she supported a sustainable investment in a Bangladesh-based solar power company. In her most recent position at Growth Markets, Inc., she was responsible for gathering data across asset classes and researching specific topics, such as ESG and global sustainable investment trends. In 2011, she co-authored a business case study with the IFC titled “How to Value Returns on Sustainability Investments in Emerging and Frontier Economies: Linking Community Outcomes and Business Value.”
 
Farzana is a graduate of the Fletcher School at Tufts University, where she obtained an M.A. in International Relations with concentrations in Monetary Theory and Environmental Policy. She completed her B.A. in International Relations with a concentration in Economic Development at Tufts University.

Michael Young, Manager of Education Programs
 

Michael is responsible for our Fundamentals live and online course, creating educational materials out of the existing content of the US SIF Foundation, and creating new materials that will help advance our field.  
 
Before joining US SIF, Michael spent 16 years working in mutual funds, separately managed accounts, closed-end funds, and exchange-traded funds. Michael served as Director of Business Development for AdvisorShares, an actively managed ETF provider, where his clients ranged from registered investment advisors and financial planning firms to broker-dealer firms, registered investment companies, and hedge funds. His responsibilities included product development, relationship management with sub-advisory asset management firms, institutional sales, portfolio construction consulting, national accounts management, and advisor education. During his time at AdvisorShares, Michael helped launch the first actively managed fossil fuel free ETF, and served as host of the weekly AdvisorShares Alpha Call – a show focused on ETF investing with guests from all corners of the financial services industry. Prior to joining AdvisorShares, his time in financial services was spent during nine years with ING Investment Management and, before that, the Private Client Group at Merrill Lynch. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis, where he studied in International Relations with a focus in Economics and Environmental Policy.
 

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Adam Sickle, Administrative and Operations Coordinator
 

Adam Sickle

Adam supports the office staff with administrative and operational efforts, including processing new members, scheduling meetings, making travel arrangements and recording financial transactions.
 
Prior to joining US SIF, Adam worked for a produce distribution company in Savage, MD, procuring a wide variety of perishable produce items based on cost, quality, demand, availability, and vendor relationships.  He has also worked for Avendra as a Strategic Contracting Analyst, where he supported the creation and maintenance of various contracts through data analysis and the compilation of RFPs. Adam started his career by owning and operating a roadside produce business, where he sold a wide variety of locally sourced produce in a small retail format.
 
Adam holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland at College Park, where he double-majored in Supply Chain Management and Marketing.