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A lifelong development generalist, Pan African educator and coach, Alistair is passionate about applying a systems and sustainability lens to rethinking how we organize thriving economies and societies.
His career has spanned community development, tourism, workforce development, sales and education across the U.S and the Caribbean. Before coming to Impact Charitable, he led the build out of ProjectBasta’s Alumni Success workstream.
A proud Wolmerian and Vassar grad, he is usually found reading non-fiction, touring heritage sites and nature trails or watching cricket or European football.
Amel brings a wealth of experience working across private and non-profit sectors. She was previously the Program Manager of a non-profit in New Jersey, where she coordinated specialized empowerment programming for the Muslim and Middle Eastern community of New Jersey. In addition to the onboarding and management of all programming for schools, mosques, and community centers, she did grant writing, grant reporting, program management, and administered direct cash, utility bill payments, gift cards, and food boxes to communities across NJ.
She currently consults across a number of different organizations and brings a depth of experience in communications, project management, direct service, and grants management.
Cam believes in the transformative power of genuine relationships coupled with dynamic solutions to create pathways for a more equitable future. With a background and experience across the corporate and nonprofit sectors, he brings a unique perspective to his role as a Client Services Coordinator at Impact Charitable.
His passion for community-driven impact grew during his tenure at The Denver Foundation. As a Reisher Scholarship Associate he championed education and empowerment. His stewardship was pivotal in fostering an active alumni community, orchestrating forums on racial equity, and expediting grants in times of crisis, exemplifying his unwavering dedication to catalyzing change.
Cam holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a specialization in Marketing and a Minor in Leadership, from the University of Denver. This academic foundation, complemented by his professional journey, positions him as a dynamic force in the quest for equitable solutions. When not actively shaping a brighter tomorrow, Cam immerses himself in the great Colorado outdoors, engages in portrait photography, and indulges his culinary flair. Nestled in Denver, Colorado, Cam remains intrinsically tethered to his community, eagerly contributing to a lasting, positive change.
Cindy believes the power of relationships and the intentionality of capital will create a more equitable world. She has deep experience as a Colorado thought leader in philanthropic strategy, grantmaking and program development.
She began her career in journalism and community relations and has since built extensive experience as a catalyst for community capital. In her various positions at community, private and corporate foundations, Cindy acted as a lead investor in the first statewide pay-for-success project in Colorado to expand access to family therapy designed to reduce recidivism. She has facilitated a pipeline for program-related investments and grants that support education and capital for entrepreneurs and employment. And, she led a statewide research project that informed initiatives to support dropout prevention for girls and economic security for low-income, single mothers.
In her work, Cindy draws from her own community involvement, serving on numerous boards and advisory councils including as a Board member for Vital Healthcare Capital, a national CDFI, and a fellow through the Just Economy Institute.
After graduating from the University of Kansas with a BS in journalism with distinction, she went on to earn a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University, where she later served as affiliate faculty in the Global Nonprofit Leadership department. She lives in Colorado with her husband and dog where she is an aspiring ceramicist, outdoor enthusiast, and avid reader.
Emily is inspired by how business acumen is providing access to resources and capital to make a positive difference in people’s lives. As a fund manager, connecting investment capital to development models in Latin America put her on the path to impact investing. Her current work at Impact Charitable continues to cultivate this intersection of financial and philanthropic interests.
Her background includes work in traditional finance, start-ups, and nonprofits. She has worked as a securities trader, portfolio manager, and financial and operations principal of a securities firm, co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of a technology start-up, and impact investment fund manager of a nonprofit organization. At the nonprofit organization, she created a subsidiary which served as a second impact investing fund dedicated to piloting new deal structures and industries. This reduced the risk for investors in the nonprofit and increased the capital available for emerging opportunities.
Emily’s board and volunteer experience reflects her interest in supporting her community and the environment. Most recently, she served on her neighborhood board, Berkeley Regis United Neighbors. Prior to that, she volunteered for five years at Monroe Organic Farms, a CSA in Kersey, CO. She has also been a coach/mentor with Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute since 2012.
She graduated in 2000 from the University of Utah with dual degrees in Finance and Economics. Building on her childhood as part of a family of ten on a hobby farm in Northern Utah, she is now raising her two small children, two big dogs, and four chickens in Denver. When she has free time, she enjoys traveling, teaching yoga, kiteboarding, and the full range of Rocky Mountain recreation opportunities.
James is driven by his commitment to equity and inclusion in all he does. He believes relationships are how we better understand each other and find the intersections between our interests, backgrounds and opportunities.
He worked for 21 years with Oppenheimer Funds in a wide variety of roles as a business analyst, customer service lead, retirement plan senior specialist, and fraud analyst. In each role James used his ability to ask difficult questions and desire to see more than one perspective to drive success in sometimes unconventional ways. He was also an active member of two business resource groups helping to bring equity and education to the Black and Latino communities. Most recently, James entered the impact investing field with a personal focus on diversity and inclusion within the philanthropic and investment sectors.
James has spent the last 14 years helping members of his community experience other cultures and perspectives both locally and internationally in India, Honduras, Uganda, Rwanda, and Peru. As co-leader and creator of the International Advocacy Team at Highlands Church Denver, he has developed programming and led teams to build relationships and support projects identified by communities in these regions.
James has a BA in Biology from Denison University, where he played basketball, ran track, and sang in an acapella group. Music and sports have been a big part of James’ life and continue with his wife Rachael and two boys. Today the entire family continues to perform and play around the Denver area and beach volleyball courts wherever possible.
Director of Economic Mobility & Direct Cash Transfers
Jourdan believes in reimaging how capital is deployed to reach those most structurally excluded and dismantling barriers that prevent individuals and communities from realizing their full potential.
She is the former Deputy Executive Director for Partners In Health Sierra Leone, helping to rebuild the health system after the devastating West Africa Ebola outbreak.
Prior to that, Jourdan was the Director of Program Design for One Acre Fund (OAF) Kenya, a social enterprise working with small-holder farmers across rural Africa, where she built the first-ever Program Design team. The Program Design team used novel human-centered design methodologies coupled with evidence generated from pilot and R&D initiatives to optimize program design and build high-impact products.
She also supported and incubated emerging community-based human rights organizations and grassroots leaders from across Uganda following the occupation of the Lord's Resistance Army.
Throughout this work, Jourdan has used direct cash as a tool in addressing poverty and systemic injustice, running a half dozen direct cash programs across the globe. She has an MSc in Public Health & Economics from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a BA from Seattle University in Communications & African Studies. She lives in Denver with her partner, where she spends as much time outdoors as possible and loves boxing, hiking, and adventuring.
Kimberly is inspired and motivated by being apart of nonprofits who are making real change in the world. Having worked in the finance and operations space for over 15 years Kimberly enjoys using her expertise to help nonprofits find structure and thrive in their mission.
Kimberly has spent the last five years helping local art organizations with setting up their nonprofit finance and operations structure. She also volunteers her time to mentor artists with the business side of selling their artwork. Kimberly holds a Business degree with a focus in Finance and is board treasurer for a local art nonprofit.
She lives in Savannah, Georgia, but loves to travel to Denver to see such a beautiful community that Impact Charitable gets to call its home.
Marlen is invested in how disproportionately impacted households, including non-English speaking, immigrant, and informal economy participating households, access assistance programs during times of crisis. She works to center the service seeker experience when designing program components to maintain dignity and foster trust.
Marlen began her career in disaster recovery, helping homeowners navigate philanthropic funds and federal funds to repair their homes after natural disasters. Later, as a program manager, she focused on designing and implementing direct financial and rental assistance programs for COVID-impacted households.
Marlen received her BA from Colby College in Biology and Sociology. She is finishing her Master’s in Social Work with a focus on Political and Macro Social Work at the University of Houston. She currently resides in her hometown of Houston, Texas.
Rich believes in the interconnectedness of everyone’s well-being and is dedicated to creating more equitable paths to opportunity. He is focused on dismantling the broken systems of capital that exist and building a new system that creates access to resources that support a better life for all of us.
He has extensive private sector experience in both corporate and entrepreneurial settings. In his corporate career, he held senior management and executive positions in sales, marketing and business development. He founded a for-profit company, a social enterprise, and co-founded two nonprofit organizations. More recently, Rich committed himself to leading in the social sector gaining significant experience in nonprofit management, philanthropy, and impact investing over the past 15 years.
Locally, Rich serves as board chair of Thrive, an organization supporting individuals to move towards self-sufficiency through work and is a member of Social Venture Partners-Denver. Nationally, he serves on the advisory board for the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. In addition to his work in the US, Rich is actively engaged in the social enterprise sector in East Africa as both investor and advisor to early-stage social enterprises and as board chair for Blood:Water Mission, a nonprofit that partners with community-based organizations in the fight against the HIV/AIDs and water crises.
Rich has a BA from the University of Missouri-Colombia and an MBA in Organizational Strategy and Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago. When not working, Rich enjoys camping, skiing, biking, fly-fishing, and spending time with his four daughters.
Sandra is passionate about helping others; she believes it’s the secret of a healthy life. Sandra is an Accounting Professional with over 20 years of experience working in for-profit and nonprofit organizations. As a certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional, she specializes in recording, examining, analyzing, and reporting financial transactions. Sandra spent the past four years working for Centura Health Foundation. Prior to her role with Centura, she served as a Bilingual AP Specialist for an international engineering firm. She has worked in several paperless systems projects to streamline business operations with the mission to help save trees.
Sandra is inspired daily by her husband and their two children. Sandra enjoys spending her free time volunteering at church, at her kids school and helping the community.
Anne believes that a steadfast rising tide will lift all boats. She has previously worked as a Lead Case Manager helping to resettle unaccompanied minors from the Northern Triangle (Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras). Before that, Anne lived in Guatemala City, working and studying Central American issues and learning Arabic.
Throughout her work, Anne has focused on immigration issues, and she is a firm believer in supporting human rights by addressing poverty and systemic injustice in education to improve women’s rights.
She has an MA in International Relations from the University Rafael Landivar and a BA in Business Administration. She moved to the United States in 2020 due to the pandemic. She has traveled to 34 countries worldwide and loves a wellness lifestyle with low impact on Earth.
Ed Briscoe founded Impact Charitable in 2014 and stepped down from day to day leadership in 2020. Ed is the Founder and Managing Director of Weave Social Finance, a provider of consulting and investment banking services to social enterprises and businesses based in low-income communities. Through his career, Ed has directed, structured, and facilitated over $480 million in investments benefiting low income communities. His newest venture is the Colorado Housing Accelerator Fund.
Ed’s experience in the organizational leadership and management of charitable organizations includes serving on the Board of Directors and chair of the credit committee for Colorado Enterprise Fund and the first investor and board member for Knotty Tie Co.
Ed has a B.S. in business administration from Samford University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University with concentrations in finance, strategy, and human and organizational performance.
Mark spent much of his career delivering products and businesses that generated more than $2.0 billion in revenue in the telecommunications, consumer electronics, and cleantech markets. Mark is a true pioneer in the field of Optical Communications. Any signal moving through the Internet may travel over some of the 30 million kilometers of LEAF® fiber, which he and Yanming Liu invented. Multi-wavelength optical amplifiers developed by the technology organizations he grew and ran may amplify that Internet signal. Optical switches pioneered and deployed by the Corning division that he founded and led may then switch that Internet signal. Mark completed his time at Corning in Shanghai, where he was a Senior Vice President of Corning Incorporated.
Over the last several years in Colorado, Mark has been investing in and advising a variety of startup companies. In 2017 he was named a General Partner of the Innosphere Fund. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of SWIR Visions Systems, Epic River, and Boulder AI.
Since coming to Colorado, Mark has invested much of his time in exploring new models of philanthropy.
At the onset of the COVID pandemic, Mark co-founded the Left Behind Workers Fund (LBWF), which is providing assistance to recently unemployed workers without documentation. LBWF has raised, from both private and public sources, and has distributed, $25 million to help these workers at their time of greatest need. This work led to the founding of Aidkit, which is now providing a technology platform to support seven different financial assistance programs, including the Denver Basic Income Project.
Mark was an investor in NPX’s first private-pay-for-success transaction. As an Advisor to NPX, he helped bring this new philanthropy model to Colorado in the form of NPX’s Colorado Donor Impact Fund.
Mark is the founder of the Social Venture Partners Impact Investing Group. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Denver Social Venture Partners, Impact Charitable, and The Denver Foundation.
Ryan has acted as outside general counsel for hundreds of startups in industries ranging from software and technology to ecommerce and healthcare. He advises startup clients on all matters from startup to exit, including formation, capital raising (including debt and equity financings), commercial transactions, and M&A.
Prior to Rubicon, Ryan worked on the founding teams of several venture backed startups and as in-house counsel at a private equity firm.
From founding to exit, Ryan provides clients with counsel that is understandable, efficient, and solutions-focused.
Ryan serves on the board of Impact Charitable, and as a volunteer mentor for the Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute. Ryan currently teaches the “Venture Deals” course at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law.
Ryan received a BA in International Politics from Brigham Young University, and both a JD and MBA from the University of Denver. Ryan also studied at Peking University.
Ryan loves running, reading, and all things technology. He is also the proud father of five daughters.
Sondra has spent thirty years investing in a better world. She was most recently the CFO of Capital Sisters International for over a decade, during which time she launched and managed the Sister Bonds® Investment Fund – retail investors buy zero interest bonds to fund microloans for women in developing countries, specifically Guatemala, the Philippines and Afghanistan.
Prior to that she spent fifteen years raising private capital for public infrastructure projects in the UK, Europe and around the world.
At Barclays Capital in London, she advised governments and companies developing projects in the transportation and social infrastructure sectors. She subsequently helped launch and grow the London office of Macquarie Bank’s infrastructure funds business.
Sondra is on the Board of the National Diaper Bank Network which aims to ensure that families in the United States have access to their basic needs, and she is an angel investor with Next Wave Impact, women investing in entrepreneurs creating positive social impact.
She has an Economics Degree from Brandeis and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Tracey currently serves as a Senior Program Officer at the Colorado Health Foundation. She has amassed a breadth of experience in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, including public policy development and community investment projects. Backed by almost twenty years of expertise in family economic mobility, she searches for sustainable investments that create lasting solutions, and ultimately change the way philanthropy thinks about community-driven initiatives to emphasize self-sufficiency and self-determination.
Previously, Tracey served as the Director of Family Economic Security at Gary Community Investments, where she led the expansion of community-based investments in workforce, affordable housing and financial inclusion. Other highpoints of her nonprofit career include working on policy at Colorado Center on Law and Policy and community data management at Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.
Tracey remains committed to strengthening her community and serves as a board member for Hope Communities, Uncharted, and Colorado Consumer Health Initiative. She is also a part of advisory committees for Warren Village, Grounded Solutions, and NPX Advisors Group.
Tracey loves immersing herself in written and filmed stories, and is a self-described bibliophile (a person who loves books) and science fiction fan.
She received her BA English Literature from Dartmouth College and an MA Education and Leadership – University of Denver.