US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment Adds Four Board Members, One Re-elected to Three-Year Term

WASHINGTON--US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF), the national nonprofit membership association for sustainable and responsible investment (SRI), and the US SIF Foundation today announced that four industry leaders have joined its boards of directors and another member has been re-elected.

The four new members are:  Meredith Benton, Client Portfolio Manager, Boston Common Asset Management; Justin Conway, Senior Director of Investment Partnerships, Calvert Foundation; Kimberlee Cornett, Director of Social Investments, The Kresge Foundation; and Dan Nielsen, Director of SRI, Christian Brothers Investment Services.  Michelle Clayman, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, New Amsterdam Partners, was re-elected to the board.

Benton has been involved in US SIF for more almost a decade, assisting in the launch of US SIF's Sustainable Investment Research Analyst Network (SIRAN) working group, developing research reports and sharing advocacy initiatives. As the Client Portfolio Manager at Boston Common Asset Management, Benton provides investment management services to high net worth and institutional clients.  

Conway has served on the US SIF Foundation Research Committee and actively participates in the Community Investing Working Group.  As the Senior Director of Investment Partnerships at Calvert Foundation, Conway is responsible for business and industry development, and works closely with the investors and financial advisors who are at the forefront of using investment capital for social impact. 

As the Director of Social Investments at the Kresge Foundation, Cornett's role is to put non-grant forms of capital to work in six program areas: health, human services, arts and culture, education, the environment and the city of Detroit. Before joining the Foundation in 2009, Cornett spent more than a decade in both nonprofit and private sector organizations to improve housing and economic conditions in low-income communities. 

Nielsen has been involved in the SRI industry for the past seven years and is currently the co-chair of US SIF's Sustainable Investment Research Analyst Network (SIRAN) working group and has also served on the Agenda Committee for the US SIF annual conference. As the Director of SRI at Christian Brothers Investment Services, Nielsen oversees portfolio screening, proxy voting and shareholder advocacy for the firm, as well as product development, business development and client services. 

Clayman was active on US SIF's diversity and membership committees and the US SIF Foundation's development committee during her initial term.  Clayman has been managing assets since 1997 according to environmental, social and corporate governance criteria, and has published research that good corporate practices in these areas lead to better financial metrics and stock price performance.

US SIF Board Chair Michael Lent said: "We are very pleased that Meredith Benton, Michelle Clayman, Justin Conway, Kimberlee Cornett and Dan Nielsen have agreed to serve on the US SIF Board. Each of them brings their own unique perspective and deep experience in the sustainable investing field that make them outstanding additions to the US SIF board.  I thank them for their commitment and willingness to serve on the board.”



US SIF:  The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment ( is the US membership association for professionals, firms, institutions and organizations engaged in sustainable and responsible investing. US SIF and its members advance investment practices that consider environmental, social and corporate governance criteria to generate long-term competitive financial returns and positive societal impact. US SIF's members include investment management and advisory firms, mutual fund companies, research firms, financial planners and advisors, broker-dealers, banks, credit unions, community development organizations, non-profit associations, and pension funds, foundations and other asset owners.