Meet the Team
Emily Winslow is the Chief Investment Officer for Social Venture Circle. In this role, catalyzes and supports national and local impact investment deal flow, identifying and promoting best practices across the SVC network. This position manages network-wide deal flow generation, company screening, investment tracking and due diligence in addition to events and programming for the CO Local Network.
Prior to starting All Wins Ventures, Emily achieved a deep understanding of impact investing as COO for PeakChange, an early-stage impact investing family office. During her time with PeakChange, she managed a portfolio of 40 direct investments and 11 impact funds on behalf of one of the pioneering leaders in early-stage impact investing. Emily has provided management consulting support for social entrepreneurs and their companies in Africa, Asia, and Central America, in addition to the United States. Furthermore, Emily has facilitated the operations of nonprofit and for-profit boards, helping to implement best practices, establish clear communications, and build organizational capacities.
Emily received her MA in International Development from the Josef Korbel School at the University of Denver, and earned her BA in Sociology and Religious Studies from Connecticut College. Emily is a mentor for the German Marshall Fund Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative. She serves on the Beyond Our Borders Gender Lens Investment committee at the Women’s Foundation of Colorado and is an advisory board member for The Global Fund for Women.
John Moore leads the SVC Philadelphia local network management. He is also the Executive Chair of ImpactPHL, an alliance to promote and grow the impact investing ecosystem in the greater Philadelphia region. He has been a successful angel investor since 2005 with both Robin Hood Ventures, where he is a managing partner, and with Social Venture Circle Philadelphia. He has previously served on the Board of Directors for SVC, as well as Good Company Ventures, an accelerator for social impact companies, and several startup companies including Wash Cycle Laundry and Milkcrate. When he is not investing for impact, he is looking for excuses to go skiing or mountain biking.
Previously, he did business acquisition and development, product pricing, and the implementation of company-wide strategic initiatives for Seton Company, the world’s largest supplier of automotive leather. John spent most of the 90’s developing and launching new cardiovascular catheter products for B. Braun Medical, Inc. John has long forgotten his Mechanical Engineering knowledge from the University of Delaware, but remembers a little from his M.B.A. from Drexel University.
Elizabeth Burger serves as the Manager, Operations & Policy. She handles all operations for the organization, including payroll, benefits, and team financials. The Manager also identifies, evaluates, and applies for potential grant and funding opportunities. Additionally, the Manager heads logistics for select funded projects (such as the Bush Foundation grant).
Following graduation from New College of Florida, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and spent a year living in Hanover, Germany. Prior to joining SVC, Elizabeth earned an M.A. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and worked in the social impact space in Washington, D.C. and the Bay Area. Originally from Florida, she lives and works in Silicon Valley.
Shantí Holloway serves as the Manager of Partnerships and Membership. She ensures that an efficient and productive process is in place for outreach to partners and members. This position also oversees the infrastructure in place to optimize SVC’s operational effectiveness and localization strategy. The Manager designs and maintains SVC’s data, communications and CRM systems, and supports the Local Network Managers. As well as manages the implementation and administration of technology within our organizations.
Prior to Social Venture Circle, Shantí spent over 15 years working in the insurance and financial services industry in many different roles. The majority of her experience is in client services, marketing, and operations.
Shantí is a Florida native but received her undergraduate degree from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC- Chapel Hill and holds an M.B.A. and Masters in Information Sciences from North Carolina Central University. Shanti lives in Durham, NC with her husband and daughter.
Board of Directors
Heather founded Caspian in 2005, to produce conferences for the innovative and social good business space. Caspian’s social enterprise clients include the Skoll Foundation, the Omidyar Network, Code for America, Playworks, Endeavor Global, San Diego Zoo, and Futures Without Violence. Caspian has also worked with brands including HarperCollins, Vanity Fair and Keurig Green Mountain Coffee. Caspian has had the distinction of producing the Skoll World Forum for the past 12 years.
Mason also created the Caspian 10 Essentials methodology as a system to ensure business goals could be mapped and met through live events. The Caspian 10 Essentials is offered as a training program for in-house event teams and clients include Oxford University, Swansea University, and Cheung Kung Institute of Business in London. Recently, Caspian partnered with Cvent, the largest event software provider in the world, to provide the Caspian 10 Essentials via a webinar series.
Mason’s previous work experience includes Fox Studios, Fox TV, the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals, the Bud Greenspan Olympic film crew, as well as a marketing career in technology including ShowBIZdata and Broadstream. Prior to starting Caspian, she worked at Charles Schwab producing conferences across the country.
She graduated with a degree from Utah State University, where she was awarded Woman of the Year award and the President’s Leadership scholarship. She is on the board of Social Venture Network (SVN).
“Gagan” Jared Levy currently chairs the board of directors for Social Venture Circle and sits on the board for the Love Serve Remember (Ram Dass’) Foundation . He is an adjunct professor for the University of Colorado advertising program and is the founder and CEO of WE ARE GURU , a nimble, mindfully different strategic marketing agency focusing on empowering movements and purpose-driven brands. His past is rooted in digital marketing across the music and entertainment industry where he grew and sold his digital publicity agency (working on EMI, Warner, and many major artists) to a major label. He then moved into working with larger food and beverage brands (Jamba Juice, LunaBar, California Pizza Kitchen, O Organics, etc) with co-owned creative agency, Neighbor Agency, which was sold to a holding company, Zealot Networks
in 2014. He has led groundbreaking communications and digital marketing campaigns for a wide array of purpose-driven clients including Obama 08’, Patagonia, REBBL, 1% For the Planet, Echoing Green, MPAA, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NASA Earth Sciences, US Forest Service and many others. After decades working at the nexus of business and impact he and several partners have recognized the need to help build more purpose driven organizations from the inside out and have launched, MAHA GLOBAL , to more effectively and efficiently help brands to implement and expand their impact. He is recognized as a leader in building movements for the greatest good, based in San Francisco, lives in Marin County with his wife Jocelyn, their daughter Jaya Grace and ever-present dog Beans.
Jim Davidson has over 10-years experience as an impact investor and advisor to multiple social ventures. He is a General Partner with Dev Equity, a venture fund investing in sustainable agriculture and real estate in Latin America, and a partner with Urban Green Development, a B-certified sustainable real estate development company in Denver, Colorado. Jim is also co-chair of Social Venture Circle, the original entrepreneurship and investor community dedicated to supporting businesses aligned for positive change, Board President of Girls for a Change, a leading black girls empowerment organization, and a guarantor, board member, and loan committee member of MCE Social Capital which invests in micro-credit and small businesses in over 30 countries worldwide.
Prior to his social venture work, Jim spent 20 years in internet technology. He was a senior executive at Aol where he led teams responsible for some of the most innovative, high-scale web sites including Aol.com, Netscape.com, MapQuest and Moviefone. Jim also held leadership positions at several internet startups including CTO of ShareThis.com, President of Examiner.com, and co-founder and CEO of Laborfair.com, an online marketplace for service providers. Jim lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife Melanie and two children and is a 3-time Ironman finisher.
Maren Keeley is Co-founder of Conscious Company Media though she doesn’t come from the media world. Maren’s experience spans multiple industries and locations with systems thinking, creativity, design strategy, hard work, and grit being at the core of her work history. She started cooking professionally when she was only fourteen and was a chef for nearly 15 years, cooking in high-end restaurants, running her own catering business, and then managing large teams at two of Whole Foods Market’s flagship locations.
Maren attended Bard College for her undergraduate education and earned a dual major in sculpture and philosophy of aesthetics. Maren continued to cook professionally, she became a certified nutrition advisor, taught yoga, and researched food systems. Work and life took her from the Hudson Valley to Nantucket to Europe, eventually back to Chicago – her hometown, then to Boulder. Her desire to make a positive impact and address the many complex challenges we’re facing led her to study sustainable business at Pinchot University where she earned her MBA. Maren met Meghan French Dunbar while working for Woody Tasch at Slow Money. About one year later, in April 2014, inspired by the potential to change the world through business, they decided to start Conscious Company Media together.
Maren focused on strategy, finance, and operations while building CCM for 3.5 years. The company was sold to The SOCAP Group in December 2017 – a move that will brighten CCM’s future and allow for even greater impact and reach. Knowing that CCM had a found a good home, Maren decided to honor her creative, entrepreneurial spirit and focus her efforts on a new mission-driven enterprise which hopes to reinvent the way that individuals find meaningful work and the way that companies find talent.
Today Maren calls the Pacific Northwest home. While she is not working with Conscious Company any longer, she is taking on contract and consulting work, and building her next startup! When she’s not working, you’ll find Maren enjoying time with her loved ones, hiking with her dogs, woodworking, listening to many podcasts, running, and practicing yoga. In addition, Maren has the pleasure of serving on the board of directors for three non-profit organizations: Social Venture Network, Invest Attention Media & Entertainment, and the Pinchot Alumni Association.
Michael was the founder of Impact Makers – a revolutionary new social enterprise model. Impact Makers is an “all-profit-to-charity” IT consulting firm that is governed by a volunteer Board to ensure its commitment to mission, and which was gifted to two public charities to create lasting community benefit.
Michael spent the early years of his career as a Senior Consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). His tenure allowed him to consult, with increasingly complex engagements, throughout the EMEAI (Europe, Middle East, Africa, and India) region. During this time, Michael lived or worked in seven countries and spent significant time in over 25 nations becoming conversant in French along the way. When he moved on to be a Product Manager with ViryaNet Systems in Jerusalem, Israel, he added Hebrew to his language skills. Later, while an independent consultant, Michael completed an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Upon returning to the States, Michael held positions including the Manager of Application Development at Health Management Corporation (HMC), a leading disease management company and subsidiary of WellPoint Blue Cross / Blue Shield (one of the nation’s largest providers of health insurance) and the Director of Product Development at First Health Services Corporation. Michael founded Impact Makers in 2006 with $50 and a laptop, and as CEO grew it to a staff of 140 until he left the company last year.
Praful Shah is an angel investor focused on social impact. He has invested in 75 start-up companies. He is the Advisory Chairman of Principium Investments, Advisory Chairman of 3-Line Ventures and on the Board of Directors for Rockies Venture Club and Social Venture Circle.
Praful’s passion is to alleviate poverty of all kinds (especially ignorance) and provide richness to lives. He spent over thirty years as a scientist and an executive in the Research and Development departments of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies where he focused on pharmaceutical product and process development. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, an MBA (Finance) and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics. He lives near Boulder, CO with his wife Karen.
Raamayan has been a serial entrepreneur since the age of 8, where he started his first business on the streets of Hong Kongselling second-hand books and items he would collect from densely packed apartment buildings. Since then, he has exited multiple companies in the e-commerce and health technology sector.
In 2013, Raamayan joined a non-profit called Unify who was doing global synchronized meditations around the world. Fascinated by the Maha-rishi studies on amplifying consciousness through collective fields, he helped Unify grow from 5000 to 2 million person community while breaking the Guinness book of world records for the world’s largest online meditation.
Raamayan helped grow the family real-estate business, leading to the acquisition of the world’s first license from Turner Broadcasting (now acquired by Warner) for a Cartoon Network Theme Park. This is currently thriving with millions of visitors a year and a unique brand of IP. Raamayan currently is the CEO and Founder of Veme Technologies. VEME is a venture studio focused on building technologies for a new paradigm of social media that empowers co-creativity and democratizes the experience economy. We believe that a redefinition of ‘social media’ is required to steward our shift to a more unified, happy and compassionate world.
Millennials Want Experiences. Gen Z’s want real connection. They are tired of endless news feeds, advertisements and addiction mechanics. Tik Tok shifted the tide by empowering individual expression. Veme will accelerate that into its next phase: collective media and shared experiences. Our first app, Karavan is currently in Beta on both IOS and Android. Karavan allows friends, communities, or complete strangers to co-create stories together in a fun and easy way using our AI-driven StoryLines™ technology.
With experience driving the growth of companies at varying stages of the acquisition process, Seungah Jeong brings to MPOWERD the expertise and insider knowledge accumulated from almost two decades of senior executive leadership in CPG. After key managerial roles at Procter &Gamble and NARS cosmetics (a subsidiary of Shiseido Inc.) Jeong co-founded NEST Fragrances, quickly developing the brand into one of the most successful luxury lifestyle fragrance companies in the market. While serving in a variety of key leadership roles, most recently as the Chief Operations Officer, Jeong played a critical role in the structure and management of virtually every facet of the business – from product inception and operations to sales plans and marketing initiatives. As a strategist, she addressed the business needs of the burgeoning company through the creation of several separate business units within the structure of NEST itself, positioning the brand for equal viability in the mass marketplace as well as the licensing and private label sectors, leading to their acquisition by Tengram Capital Partners in 2012.
Joining MPOWERD as CEO in 2016 has been a homecoming of sorts for Jeong, whose passion for environmental sustainability led her to double major in Philosophy and Environmental Studies at the University of Chicago before earning her Masters in Geography (Environment & Development) at the University of Cambridge in England.
Sherri Pittman Howard is a social impact executive who brings over 30 years of strategic planning, marketing and leadership development experience to her role co-leading the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF). Her work at CalCEF is focused on accelerating the clean energy transition, and doing so in a way that ensures women and people of color fully participate in the transition – as owners and leaders.
Passionate about the growth and advancement of entrepreneurs, Sherri spends part of her time serving as an executive coach, facilitator and strategic advisor to start-ups throughout the Bay Area. Her coaching work includes leadership assessment, skills building, executive management, team leadership, and defining organizational culture and values. Sherri is an experienced facilitator noted for her ability to create safe space for authentic sharing, deep relationship building and group problem-solving. She is also an interpersonal dynamics facilitator at the Stanford Graduate School of Business
Prior to joining CalCEF, Sherri served as Executive Vice President of Metropolitan group leading the firm’s San Francisco office. During her tenure, Sherri provided strategy and organization development consultation to environmental and social justice clients such as Sierra Club, Plan USA International and the U.S. Forest Service. Previous roles include: VP of Marketing at solar startup, Sungevity and senior leadership positions at Levi Strauss & Co and Hanesbrands. Sherri holds a Master of Arts in Culture & Spirituality from Holy Names University, an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Florida A&M University.
Tom Balderston has been building and managing venture capital portfolios for more than 30 years, as a general partner, limited partner and angel investor in companies and funds. He formed Balderston Capital, Radnor, PA, in 2001, and has a focus on angel and early stage investments in emerging companies in the environmental and social impact space.
Tom is on the Board of Social Venture Circle , a national angel network of socially responsible investors, www.investorscircle.net. He is a partner in the management company, SustainVC, LLC, which oversees the group of early stage venture and angel funds affiliated with Investors Circle called the Patient Capital Collaborative, www.sustainvc.com.
Tom also served from July 2006 to June 2009 as President and CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Capital Alliance, (now called Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies), www.philadelphiapact.com, the regional venture community association in the Greater Philadelphia area.
Prior to founding Balderston Capital, Tom was President of SGI Capital, the private equity investment unit of Superior Group, a family-owned holding company. Balderston also worked with TDH Group from 1985-1998 where he was a General Partner of its TDH III, L.P. venture fund and Co-founder of its management company. After graduating from Williams in 1978, Tom worked for Bank of Boston, in middle-market lending first in Boston and then in Los Angeles.
Balderston holds an M.B.A. from the UCLA Graduate School of Management with a concentration in Finance and a B.A. from Williams College.
He serves on numerous private company Boards and fund advisory committees and is active on a number of community Boards as well. Currently, in addition to Social Venture Circle , he is on the Board and committees of the Ben Franklin Technology Center of Southeastern PA and the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority, the Pennsylvania state-wide authority which oversees the Ben Franklin program. Tom has been an active volunteer at Williams College, most recently serving on its Board of Trustees from 2010 – 2012.
Tom and his wife Betsy have three very large adult sons and live in Ardmore, PA.
Topher has been convening and connecting people for the purposes of social change for over a decade, starting with co-founding the Highland City Club, a membership community of 300 change-makers in Boulder, Colorado, to managing Dunton Hot Springs, one of North America’s top all-inclusive resorts and retreat centers, to leading the Opportunity Collaboration, a global network of several thousand nonprofit leaders, for-profit social entrepreneurs, grant-makers, impact investors, corporates and academics building sustainable solutions to poverty, and finally with Conveners.org, a group of fellow conveners and accelerators in the impact space.
His purpose is to convene and connect nonprofit leaders, for-profit social entrepreneurs, grant-makers, impact investors and all other agents of positive change, thereby building the ecosystem for the social sector and creating greater opportunities for social, environmental and economic justice.
Alan Bernstein, a native New Yorker and business lawyer for entrepreneurs for over 30 years, reveals his impact investing pioneer cred, discusses his first SVC investment, and shares what is most refreshing about the network and how he hopes to see the impact investing space grow in NY.
Annarie Lyles invests, via Bio-Gist Ventures LLC, in businesses with wellness solutions, such as preventing pollution and disease, improving agricultural sustainability, and making energy cleaner. She also mentors life-science entrepreneurs. During prior careers, she negotiated biotechnology deals, helped run zoos, advised endangered species breeding programs, and enjoyed ecology adventures in the tropics.
As impact investors in food system change, we are inspired by slow money principles and happy to form this committee as a part of the SVC NY Local Network. For more information, please contact Claude Arpels.
John is a native Philadelphian and has spent 30 years in the technology and investment industries. His core strengths are in financial and business analysis and planning, but his career has included significant amounts of time in most functional areas of the companies with which he has worked, including: sales, product development, marketing, strategic planning, operations, risk management. His core working values are: continuous learning, collaboration, contribution.
For the last 14 years, John has become increasingly interested and involved in pursuing positive changes in urban education through association with private and chartered schools, as well as by networking with local philanthropists who are supporting educational reform and expansion. His philanthropic strategy is to support small-scale innovative programs that have “direct” impact on young people, and which can be eventually grown to scale.
John has been married for 40 years has a grown son who is employed in the institutional investment industry in Philadelphia. He enjoys reading, investing, traveling, and learning foreign languages (Hebrew and Spanish – so far).
Shannon Mudd is Director of Microfinance, Impact Investing and Social Entrepreneurial Programs at Haverford College. He has been engaged in impact angel investing as a member of SVC Philly since 2013 directing funds from the foundation of an alumnus. His work engages students throughout the process of deal flow, due diligence and portfolio management. He is a member of Haverford’s Department of Economics and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. He is currently serving on the SVC Philly Executive Committee.
Steve is a Founder and Managing Director of Solidarity Capital Group, an impact investment firm that finances economically sustainable social justice enterprises. His background includes a 20 year IBM management career including key roles launching, leading, or accelerating four internal startup ventures. He is a co-founding member of the SVC NC local network and serves several entrepreneurial support organizations, the real estate committee of Passage Home, and the board of the Duke Catholic Center. He is an alumnus of the Venture Capital Institute and of Stanford University and Duke University, and is married with two daughters and one son.