When I go to recruit college seniors into our first year analyst program at New Island Capital, part of our pitch is “come learn the business of investing, without checking your values at the door.” So many of these students feel pushed down a narrow path towards grad school, investment banking, or management consulting. They struggle to understand how the volunteer work, global gap years, and social change work they pursued in college can lead to a paycheck. Where do values and moral courage fit in our economy? In the workplace?
Heidi is the President of New Island Capital, a 100% mission-focused investment advisor. New Island oversees a multi-asset class strategy that strives to achieve risk-adjusted returns while creating positive impact within four thematic areas: Sustainable Agriculture, Communities, Alternative Energy and Environment. Previously, Heidi was an Acumen Fund Fellow working with D.light Design India as Head of Business Development and Marketing. D.light is a social enterprise operating throughout the globe to eradicate kerosene through the design, manufacturing and distribution of solar-powered LED lights. Before Acumen Fund, Heidi was a Director at Pacific Community Ventures, a founding member of AOL Time Warner Ventures, and an Investment Banking Analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston. Heidi earned an AB from Princeton and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.