Why Boundless?

Boundless Impact Investing is the premier market intelligence platform for impact investors. Driven by superior research from independent sector experts, Boundless offers investors in-depth analysis of critical sectors of impact investing, financial diligence on the best investment opportunities, and a private social network to engage experts and share insights with peer investors.

The Problem:

The shortcomings of traditional philanthropy and government interventions have given rise to a new generation of investing strategies aimed at tackling the world’s most pressing problems. Impact investing harnesses the power of the markets and social entrepreneurship to build and accelerate scalable and sustainable solutions to critical social and environmental challenges.

While many private investors, family offices and foundations seek to adopt this new approach and align their capital with their values, the current underdeveloped market structure serves as an impediment to engagement. These investors face three main challenges:

  1. Dearth of Independent and Objective Data. Much of the research in the impact investing sector is curated by those selling or promoting financial products. Investors seeking objective data must embark on expensive self-funded research projects.
  2. Superficial Frameworks to Measure Impact. The lack of finer-grained research makes it difficult for private investors to understand the social or environmental outcomes of investments, particularly at the sector level.
  3. Undefined Pathway to Participation. Most legitimate impact investments are private, making it difficult for individual investors to find, pursue, and evaluate deals and investment opportunities.

Despite the abundant activity in the impact investing sector, these challenges remain largely unaddressed. Many impact investors still struggle to understand how they can put their capital to work addressing the social and environmental issues they are passionate about.

The Boundless Solution:

Boundless offers investors a one-stop solution for their impact investing needs. With a unique combination of proprietary research, deep industry ties and an emphasis on privacy and confidentiality, Boundless empowers its members to maximize the social and environmental impact of their capital. The Boundless solution consists of three complementary services:

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Learn about best practices within different sectors through cutting-edge research. Research is conducted by world-class experts and recognized thought leaders and includes market overviews, evaluation frameworks and unique risk-return analysis.

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Connect with other like-minded investors in a private and respectful environment. Boundless members enjoy multiple online and offline opportunities to grow their network, learn about impact sectors and collaborate with leading impact investors.

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Hire the best in the field from a network of hundreds of industry experts. Boundless offers direct and immediate access to a host of top-tier industry experts available to conduct due diligence, portfolio evaluation, and more.

Boundless Impact Investing is a mission-driven company dedicated to identifying and promoting best practices in impact investing. We do not, and never will, sell any investment products or benefit in any way from an investment made by our clients.

 

Team

Michelle 150“We are at a pivotal place in bringing together the power of human goodness and financial markets. I believe impact investing will advance social progress in the 21st century the way philanthropy did in the 20th.”

“Now more than ever the world needs assistance with social and environmental issues.  Boundless can be a catalyst for that change, using research and impact analysis to help investors make a positive difference.”

“Impact investing can help shift the paradigm on how we think about the financial sector. The right business models can both improve livelihoods for underserved populations around the world and create economic value.”

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Michele has 20 years of experience as a philanthropy executive, strategist, and social entrepreneur.  She is Founder and CEO of Boundless Impact Investing, a market intelligence platform that provides high-quality, objective, and actionable research and tools to family offices and private investors interested in maximizing the social and environmental impact of their investments.  From 2010-2013, she was Vice President at Foundation Source where she built a knowledge platform on best practices in philanthropy that was used by a network of 1200 family foundations.  From 2007-2008, Michele was the Director of Communications for Humanity United, a humanitarian foundation created by Pam Omidyar and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. She has been involved in the successful development of more than two-dozen philanthropic and nonprofit start-ups, including her own, Tattersall Consulting, from 2002 to 2007. Michele is regularly called upon for her innovative thinking about the impact investing and social innovation, and she sits on several boards. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and has a Master’s in International Relations and Communications from Boston University.

Kyle Downey graduated from Skidmore College with a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies.  He works both as an environmental policy journalist and as a researcher for Boundless Impact Investing.  His field of specialty is international energy policy.   Kyle works for Boundless Impact Investing on projects analyzing the opportunities for distributed solar energy to make an effective and powerful impact in the developing world.  He also works with Dr. Min Mao developing reports on the health effects of air pollution and potential technologies to improve air quality.

 

Abby graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Minor in Urban Studies. She has experience working for a myriad of environmental nonprofits throughout New Orleans. She assisted with the design and implementation of a start-up energy efficiency program for EnergyWise, as well as provided policy research for the Gulf States Renewable Energy Industries Association, informing the public of the benefits of a strong renewable energy economy. She joins us from TMG Consulting where she assisted with workforce development programs in Southeastern Louisiana to enhance business expansion and diversification, strengthening the coastal economy and building resiliency in coastal communities affected by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Hurricane Katrina. Abby works with Boundless Impact Investing, helping to organize events, create content and communicate our findings to the public.

 

“I’m proud to be part of an organization that empowers investors with information to maximize the environmental and social impact of their capital.”

Miriam is a graduate of The University of Melbourne where she completed a Bachelor of Arts and Master of International Relations. She is a French and Arabic speaker and comes to Boundless Impact Investing having worked in Washington DC and Melbourne, Australia. She is particularly interested in the role impact investing can play as a driver of private sector growth and employment in emerging markets. Miriam works for Boundless Impact Investing in event management and membership, where she is responsible for the production of high quality events that connect Boundless members with industry experts, innovators and like-minded investors.

 

Leadership

Board of Advisors

Tom Baruch, Senior Advisor and Co-Founder, Formation8

Tom Baruch is a veteran energy and technology investor based in San Francisco.  He currently invests out of his family office, Baruch Future Ventures, a fund focused on energy, clean technology, food security, water, and sustainable agriculture companies.  Tom was most recently Senior Advisor and founding member of Formation8, a venture capital fund with $448M under management.  Earlier, Tom formed CMEA Capital in 1988 with New Enterprise Associates (NEA).  Tom was responsible for managing a total of $1.2B of capital across seven funds.  He has led investments including major IPO’s and significant liquidity events for Aclara Biosciences, Codexis, Inc., Entropic Communications, Flextronics, Inc., Intermolecular, Silicon Spice and Symyx Technologies.  Earlier in his career, Tom worked at Exxon Mobil for 12 years and founded Microwave Technology, Inc. Currently, he serves as Chairman of the Board of Codexis, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDXS) and Intermolecular, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMI).  Tom is a member of Obama’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, where he advises the U.S. Department of Commerce and the White House.  He is a member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. Council of Competitiveness and a member of the Steering Committee of its Energy, Security, Innovation and Sustainability Initiative and the U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative.

Elise Zoli, Partner, Goodwin Procter

Elise Zoli chairs Goodwin Proctor’s Energy Practice, is a leader in its Cleantech and Climate Change initiatives, and focuses on clean energy, water, technology and agriculture. She specializes in developing the strategy and financing for hedge fund, private equity, venture capital, governmental and alternative funding for Cleantech companies. Her work includes substantial depth in innovative nuclear, clean water, water consumption and water treatment, solar, “smart” grid, energy storage, biofuels, advanced industrial processes, agriculture and carbon conversion, as well as environmental attribute (RPS, REC, carbon) markets. Elise is a lecturer on Cleantech and Climate Change at MIT’s Sloan School, regularly speaks on Cleantech issues nationwide, is the Chairman of the Board for the Guestbook Project Foundation, an energy advisor to the Bhutan Foundation and an advisor to SolSolution Inc., a not-for-profit solar company that installs solar in primary schools on a nationwide basis. She is a member of the New England Clean Energy Council’s Policy and Solar Committees. Elise is also a member of the California and New York Academies of Science, as well as of the American Nuclear and American Chemical Societies.

Ricardo Angel, Managing Director, Energy Ventures

Ricardo Angel is Managing Director at Energy Ventures where he leads origination for the business unit and for Energy Technology Ventures, a joint venture formed by GE, NRG Energy and ConocoPhillips focused on investing in emerging energy technology companies. Ricardo joined GE from ChevronTexaco Technology Ventures’ Venture Capital group. Previous experience includes investment banking at Goldman Sachs and consulting at CNA Corporation. Ricardo holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School and Bachelors as well as Masters and Doctorate degrees in Engineering from the University of Illinois. Ricardo is based in San Francisco.

Greg Parsons, CEO, Semper Capital Management

Greg Parsons joined Semper Capital Management in 2008 as the Chief Operating Officer and in 2010 became the firm’s Chief Executive Officer. In addition to leading Semper Capital, Greg serves on the Risk Management and Compliance committees. Prior to joining Semper Capital, Greg served as Founding and Managing Member of CP Capital Partners, LP. He previously served as an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company in the Financial Services Group. Greg began his career over 20 years ago and served as a Captain and Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps. He earned an AB from Princeton University.

Senior Advisors

  • Yoram Levy, Director, Strategy&
  • Paul Morelli, Founder Vernal Point Advisors

Boundless Impact Council

  • John Bradley, Managing Director, Torreya Partners
  • Robert Corell, Principal, Global Environment and Technology Foundation
  • Alexa Cortes Culwell, Founder & Managing Director, Philanthropy Futures
  • Diana Propper de Callejon, Managing Director, Cranemere
  • Margaret de Clercq, Margaret de Clercq Foundation

  • Pierre duPont, Partner, HPM Partners
  • Les Funtleyder, Healthcare Portfolio Manager, E Squared Asset Management
  • Erik Jansen, Managing Partner, Senja Holdings
  • Dipak Jogia, Co-founder & Managing Partner, Highmore Capital
  • Doug Mellinger, Managing Director, Clarion Capital
  • Joel Motley, Managing Director, Public Capital Advisors
  • Gerry Ohrstrom, Private Investor
  • Richard Recny, Director of Asset Management, Time Equities
  • Diane Schrader, Founder & CEO, THIRDact
  • Julie Shafer, Founder, Julie Shafer Development + Philanthropy
  • Doug Smith, Chairman, Rapid Results Institute
  • Karen Tramontano, President, Global Fairness Initiative