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 2018, Lisa was honored to be included in Barron's list of “The 20 Most Influential People in ESG Investing”. She was also pleased to accept the SRI Service Award and the inaugural Forbes Impact Award. Previously, 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 was a Fulbright Fellow in Melbourne, Australia.

Lisa is energized daily by the opportunity to be part of the leadership team advancing the vital work of sustainable and responsible investors.


Yemi Asfaw, Finance and Operations Associate


Yemi Asfaw is Finance and Operations Associate and supports the operations, finance, membership and HR functions of US SIF.  She is responsible for accounts receivable and accounts payable functions as well as general office management and provides back-end administrative support to our programs. Yemi has significant experience in finance and operations, spending more than 12 years at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS-Africa), a non-profit research firm with headquarters in Pretoria, South Africa.  Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Yemi managed the organization from the start-up stage by developing policies and procedures, harmonizing internal policies with host country regulations and rules, providing inputs for strategic planning, and networking with host country government officials as well as other institutions. Yemi received a Bachelor of Arts from Addis Ababa University College of Commerce and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Sikkim Manipal University, India.

 


 

Sam Holmes, Policy and Programs Assistant

Sam Holmes is Programs and Policy Assistant and supports US SIF’s public policy work, member programs, education programs and events.  Sam graduated from Williams College in 2022, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Political Economy with a concentration in Public Health. Sam was a varsity athlete on the men’s crew team and completed major projects on the medical device industry and community-based pollinator protection. Sam interned for Alba Environmental Law and Blue Dot Climate Insurance, the St. Louis Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Medicine and the City of St. Louis Office of Sustainability over the summers. 





 

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Farzana Hoque, Acting Director of Research


Farzana's primary responsibilities are researching, writing, and data collection to support the production of US SIF Foundation publications and reports. She is the author or co-author of over ten publications, including Family Offices and Investing for Impact and Unleashing the Potential of US Foundation Endowments: Using Responsible Investment to Strengthen Endowment Oversight and Enhance Impact. Farzana is also responsible for managing the organization's social media platforms, website content, and production of the monthly newsletter.

At the beginning of her career at the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA), Farzana gained a strong interest in investment as a critical driver for development and how it can be leveraged to address society's most pressing challenges. After EMPEA, she researched climate change challenges and opportunities for advisory projects at Asian Tiger Capital Partners in Dhaka, Bangladesh. During her summer graduate internship at the private equity fund SEAF Bangladesh Ventures, she contributed to ESG engagements and supported an investment in a solar power company. She has also served as an ESG/Impact Consultant for the Tunisia-based private equity firm AfricInvest. She is currently the Principal Advisor, ESG & Impact Investing at Climate Smart Ventures, an Asia-focused project development start-up.
 
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.
 

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Bryan McGannon, Managing Director

 

Bryan serves as US SIF's lead representative advancing the interests and perspective of the sustainable, responsible and impact investing (SRI) community with policymakers and stakeholders.

Bryan comes to US SIF with over 20 years of policy and advocacy experience, most recently as Policy and Engagement Director for the American Sustainable Business Council, where he directed the policy team for a wide range of issues related to sustainability in business and the economy and served on the executive team.   Prior to joining the American Sustainable Business Council in 2011, Bryan served as State Director in Ohio for the Alliance for Climate Protection's Repower America 
campaign, and was instrumental in former Vice President Al Gore's initiative to pass comprehensive climate and energy legislation. Bryan's political campaign experience spans presidential campaigns, congressional races, and local ballot initiatives. Bryan received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego.
 


Tracy Press, Manager of Events and Marketing

 










Michael Young, Director of Education and Outreach
 

Michael joined the US SIF team in the fall of 2016 and brings over twenty years of financial services expertise to the staff. At US SIF, Michael is responsible for education initiatives, all US SIF course offerings, and private training services. He continually develops existing courses, creates educational materials for the US SIF Foundation, and contributes to new materials and resources to advance the field. He presents frequently on sustainable investing at industry events and enjoys sharing the work of US SIF and its membership on podcasts and radio programs. Michael’s comments have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Investment News, and Bloomberg, among other publications.
 
Prior to joining US SIF, Michael worked in mutual funds, separately managed accounts, closed-end funds, and exchange-traded funds. His clients ranged from registered investment advisors and financial planning firms and broker-dealer firms to 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. While at AdvisorShares, Michael helped launch the first actively managed fossil fuel free ETF. Previously, his time in financial services was spent with ING Investment Management and the Private Client Group at Merrill Lynch. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree from UC Davis.

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Judy Mares, Senior Advisor

Judy Mares served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of Labor’s Employee Benefit Security Administration from October 2013 until January 2017. She joined EBSA after retiring from an extensive corporate career. She was the Chief Investment Officer of Alliant Techsystems, Inc., where she managed the investments of the pension, savings, and VEBA plans (a total of $4.2 billion in assets). She also served as the CIO of Ameritech Corporation and the Director of Benefit Finance at General Mills. Mares is currently the President of Mares Financial Consulting LLC.
 
Mares serves on Betterment’s Board of Advisors and previously served on the Executive Committee of the Employee Benefits Research Institute.
 
Mares has served as the Defined Contribution Committee Chair of the Committee on the Investment of Employee Benefit Assets (CIEBA), and a member of the Plan Sponsor Advisory Committee of the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association (DCIIA).  Mares was previously the Chair of the ERISA Advisory Council and a loaned executive to President Carter's Commission on Pension Policy. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Illinois.

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