Impact Investing Spotlight (Apr 3rd)


Wednesday, April 3rd: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Prime Produce
424 W 54th St (between 9th and 10th aves)
New York, NY 10019

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What is impact investing, and how can it be used as a force for good?

At a time when radical advancements are needed to overcome social and environmental struggles, thoughtful investing in change-making ideas is crucial. Investors, employees, and young professionals are all beginning to demand that their financial investments are impact-first to make a difference in the world. Join us in this conversation with experts to learn how impact investing can create change while generating financial returns.

What You’ll Learn

  • Where to make investments that have a positive impact on the world
  • Tips and strategies to use when looking for companies to invest in
  • Trends, challenges and opportunities of investing in social impact organizations
  • Career opportunities in companies focused on impact investing

About Be Social Change Events

In addition to walking away with a better understanding of how you can make an impact through your career, you’ll also have an opportunity to build your network by connecting with like-minded people from the Be Social Change community.

Healthy + Sustainable Snacks Provided – Gluten-Free and Vegan Options Available.
We strive to produce as minimal waste as possible during Be Social Change events – help us by bringing a reusable water bottle to the event.


CleanChoice Energy is a clean energy supplier with a mission to make clean energy accessible for everybody. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for customers to make a big impact on the air we breathe and on the environment. You don’t need to install solar panels or even own your home, apartment, or business space—you simply make the switch, and we make sure all the energy you use is replenished on the grid with 100% clean wind and solar power.

Bring your latest energy company utility bill (or pull it up on your mobile device) to the event for a free bill analysis and receive a $25 gift card when you sign up.


    • 6:30 – 7:00 pm – Networking
    • 7:00 – 7:15 pm – Intro + Collaborative Q&A
    • 7:15 – 8:00 pm – Panel Discussion
    • 8:00 – 8:30 pm – Q&A
    • 8:30 – 9:00 pm – Networking


    • Katherine Lynch, Senior Manager, Kiva US
    • Alex Healey, Senior Associate, Acumen
    • Kerwin Tesdell, President, Community Development Venture Capital Alliance (CDVCA)


Katherine Lynch, Senior Manager, Kiva US

As Senior Manager of Direct Lending, Katherine oversees all partnerships which provide opportunities for US based low-moderate income entrepreneurs to access Kiva’s community-backed, 0% interest loans.

Prior to joining Kiva 4 years ago, Katherine worked at both Accion East and Grameen America, two other microlenders serving entrepreneurs in NYC and the United States.

An NYC transplant, she’s originally the Bay Area California and completed her undergrad at Washington University in St Louis. Katherine has a Masters in Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University.

Alex Healey, Senior Associate, Acumen

Alex supports a range of Acumen’s investment-related activities and global strategic initiatives.

Prior to joining Acumen, Alex worked at J.P. Morgan as an investment banking analyst. Sitting within the firm’s Global Power & Utilities Group, he supported M&A and capital markets transactions in the renewable energy and cleantech sectors.

Alex graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College, where he double-majored in Environmental Studies and Art History.

Kerwin Tesdell, President, Community Development Venture Capital Alliance (CDVCA)

Kerwin Tesdell is president of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance, the association of venture capital funds that provide equity financing for businesses that create good jobs, wealth, and entrepreneurial capacity in underinvested areas of the United States and the world. CDVCA serves the industry by providing education and networking opportunities, developing best practices, performing industry research, and supporting positive public policy at the federal and state levels. CDVCA also manages $185 million directly in a combination of business investments and investments in funds. Mr. Tesdell is an adjunct professor at the New York University, teaching Social Venture Capital at the Stern School of Business and Community Development Law at the School of Law.

Prior to joining CDVCA, Mr. Tesdell was a program officer at the Ford Foundation, first in its Office of Program-Related Investments and then in its Economic Development Unit, where he had primary responsibility for the Foundation’s investments and grantmaking for small business finance and job creation. Before that, he was the director of the Community Development Legal Assistance Center, which provides corporate, tax, and real estate legal assistance to community development organizations in New York. He was also an associate with the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton, where he represented clients in the financial services industry, including private equity investors in businesses and funds. Prior to joining Debevoise, he was a law clerk to federal judge Constance Baker Motley, Chief Judge of the Southern District of New York.

Mr. Tesdell graduated from Harvard College with a degree in economics and holds JD and MBA degrees from New York University, as well as a certificate from the Venture Capital Institute.


Marcos Salazar (@marcossalazar) is a serial social entrepreneur, career coach, speaker, and community-builder. For as long as Marcos has been working in the social impact space, he has also been building businesses.

Marcos has worked in research and leadership development at the American Psychological Association, Girl Scouts, and the White House Project (promoting women to run for office). He is also the founder of two t-shirt companies, a number of social impact blogs, and the author of two books.

Through Be Social Change, Marcos taps into his entrepreneur’s creativity and social good inspiration to help people find and do meaningful work and lead more sustainable lifestyles. Marcos earned a degree from Amherst College and a masters in Organizational Management and an Executive Leadership Coaching certificate from The George Washington University. You can learn more about him at


KeVita’s mission is to empower people to take their health and well-being into their own hands by providing innovative products geared to help you reach your highest potential. Sparkling and delicious, each refreshing flavor contains proprietary live probiotics that target digestive and immune health, because a happy and healthy life starts at the core.

Food for All’s mission is to make quality food affordable to all while stopping perfectly good and delicious meals from being wasted. By building social awareness regarding food waste, they want to allow people to make a major social impact by buying great food from restaurants, food which was once considered leftovers and thrown away at the end of the day. Dine for as little as $3 and save the planet. Rescue delicious food from restaurants before they close, for at least 50% off!


A guild for 21st-century craft promoting slow entrepreneurship and intentional service. Unequal parts cafe, living room, workshop, collaboratory, rooftop garden, and upstate retreat space on a biodynamic farm. Learn more about visiting or renting at


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