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.”
The urgent threat of climate change demands a massive acceleration in global clean-tech investment. Climate-informed and data-driven analytics are vital to enhancing market efficiency and illuminating novel investment opportunities.” 

Michele Demers

Founder & CEO

Paul J. Meier, P.E., Ph.D.

Head of Climate Impact

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.

Paul Meier has over 20 years of experience in energy sector analysis, climate and air quality research, and decision-support technology. Meier has collaborated with pioneering internet game developer Bo Monroe to reimagine conventional energy resource planning using the principles of networked multi-user games ultimately integrating local-to-global analysis of low-emission energy futures into JuiceBox.org.

Meier was the Director of Engineering for Blumont Engineering Solutions from 2016 to 2018. His work included evaluating power-sector emission projection methodologies on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Meier also previously served as a scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2006 to 2016, including as Director of the UW Energy Institute from 2006 to 2012. Meier’s work has consistently transformed energy and environmental data into actionable information. He has developed multiple decision support tools, including for electric utility planning simulation, heavy duty freight emissions analysis, and transportation fuel life-cycle assessment.

Meier has environmental engineering degrees from Purdue University and Clemson University and earned his Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a licensed professional engineer.

“Despite their good intentions, todays businesses are missing an opportunity to integrate social responsibility and day-to-day business objectives – to do good and make money simultaneously.” – Cindy Gallop

 “Directing private capital towards business models that address our most intractable problems represents the future of how investors and businesses will view their roles in society.”

Jack Cederroth

Head of Operations

Jaishree Singh

Research and Event Coordinator

Jack is an accomplished global operations and platform management leader with more than thirty years’ experience in the Financial Services and Financial Technology arena. During that time, he has worked extensively creating, implementing, and supporting enterprise wide data and analytics platforms and services for the investment community. He is versed and trained in Lean Six Sigma techniques and principles.

Prior to joining Boundless, he was the Global Head of Operations at S&P’s Securities Evaluation business unit where he established and led a twenty-four-by-seven follow the sun customer support model for their enterprise reference data and evaluation feed products. As a member of the leadership team, he helped define the strategy for the sale and subsequent integration of the entity to ICE Data Services.

Jack believes that effectively creating strategic alliances with partners, leaders internally and at client organizations is the key to successful business initiatives. He is a graduate of Fordham University with a B.S. in Finance.

Jaishree Singh graduated with an MSPH from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health with a focus on international health and nutrition. She plays marketing roles at the Sustainability Investment Leadership Council (SILC-NY), a group that facilitates cross-sectoral discourse on sustainability accounting and reporting, the CFA Society NY, a group that supports the continuing education of financial advisors, and the Equal Community Foundation, an Ashoka Fellow committed to ending gender-based violence in India.

Previously, Jaishree interned at the Rockefeller Foundation, the PRASAD Project, and ECHO, a non-profit that educates impoverished farmers on effective agricultural techniques. Jaishree also has a background in social and environmental advocacy having served as a Field manager at Fund for the Public Interest (FFPI), a campaign manager at New Jersey Public Interest Research Group (NJPIRG), and a volunteer for Organizing for Action.

“We can create sustainable and equitable societies AND be financially successful by directing capital toward entrepreneurs that create and demonstrate measurable positive social impact.”

“The concept of corporate social responsibility CSR) has long been used as an effective lens through which to examine the actions businesses can take toward ensuring mutual long-term well-being and sustainability” – Klaus Schwab

Roberta Allport

Membership & Data Coordinator

Fernanda Avila-Swinburn

Research Analyst

Roberta graduated from Yale University in 2018 with an MA in Global Affairs and a focus on economics and data analysis. Prior to Yale, she graduated from the University of Oxford in 2013 with a first-class honor’s degree in Anthropology and Archaeology.

Roberta has a range of research and project management experience spanning the Caribbean, East Africa, South Asia, and Central America. Most recently, she developed anti-corruption and technology policy papers for the Office of the President of Mexico in conjunction with the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). She also helped to organize the second annual Yale Conference on Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean. Roberta has interned for UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, helping to organize the 9th Biennial CARICOM-United Nations General Meeting, working with the various country offices to synthesize and analyze the efficacy of current UN-CARICOM projects. While there, she also worked with the UNDP and the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) to develop a long-term national strategic plan for the Co-Operative Republic of Guyana.

Fernanda graduated from Columbia University in 2018 with an MSc in Sustainability Management and a focus on renewable energy, sustainability strategies, and data analysis. Prior to Columbia, she graduated from Universidad de Chile with an MSc in Electrical Engineering.

Fernanda has experience modeling demand side management systems for micro-grids and renewable resources forecasting. She has worked as a consultant performing energy price projection and the modeling of power purchase agreements for developers and financial institutions. She also has experience developing sustainability strategies and life cycle assessment for organizations in different sectors, such as a music festival, a foundry plant, and a coffee roasting company.

Leadership

Board of Advisors

Tom Baruch, Founder, Baruch Future Ventures; Co-Founder and Advisor, Foundation8

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.

Jeffrey A. Smith, Adjunct Professor, Fordham Law School; Co-Director, Fordham Law School Sustainability Initiative; Retired Partner, Cravath, Swaine and Moore LLP

Jeff Smith is a retired partner of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where he founded and headed the environmental law practice. Jeff is now leading an initiative at Fordham Law School on sustainability studies. He is the former chairperson of the ABA SEER Committee on Environmental Disclosure and was a member of SASB’s Advisory Council. In October 2007, Jeff testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment regarding potential SEC requirements for disclosure relating to climate change. Jeff received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Boundless Impact Council

  • Ricardo Angel, Managing Director, Energy Ventures
  • 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
  • Erik Jansen, Managing Partner, Senja Holdings
  • Dipak Jogia, Co-founder & Managing Partner, Highmore Capital
  • Joel Motley, Managing Director, Public Capital Advisors
  • Gerry Ohrstrom, Private Investor
  • Richard Recny, Director of Asset Management, Time Equities
  • Doug Smith, Chairman, Rapid Results Institute
  • Karen Tramontano, President, Global Fairness Initiative
  • David Yeh, Principal, Capitol Hill
  • Brace Young, Partner, Arabesque
  • Elizabeth Zabludoff, Flatrace Investments