Social Finance Institute Launch

The Social Finance Institute is a unique field-building platform, launched in 2023 within Social Finance. The Institute leverages insights from practitioners and experts to develop networks, tools, and actionable resources to advance outcomes-based, impact-first funding models to measurably improve people’s lives.

On April 10, the Institute convened practitioners from across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors who offered their perspectives on innovative approaches to improving outcomes for all Americans.

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Welcome Remarks

David Oxtoby, President, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Karen Anderson, Managing Director, Social Finance Institute

Tracy Palandjian, Co-Founder and CEO, Social Finance

Roundtable: Reimagining Full Employment

Tom Barkin, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond (virtual)

Austan Goolsbee, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (virtual)

Deval Patrick, Former Governor of Massachusetts (facilitator)

Roundtable: Smart Money: New Approaches to Workforce Partnerships

This roundtable explored ways to create more productive and meaningful partnerships—with aligned incentives and deeper accountability—among employers, students, training providers, and governments.

Niyum Gandhi, CFO, Mass General Brigham

Yvonne Hao, Massachusetts Secretary of Economic Development

Scott Pulsipher, President, Western Governors University

Maria Flynn, President and CEO, Jobs for the Future (facilitator)

Talk: From Learner to Earner: Early Lessons from the $100M Google Career Certificates Fund

Justin Steele, Director,

Roundtable: Impact-First Investing: Compounding Impact With a Third Wallet

This roundtable will explored ways to activate capital for impact-first investment strategies that generate measurable, positive outcomes for people and the planet.

John Green, Managing Partner, Blackstar

Rebecca Moffett, President, Vanguard Charitable

Liesel Pritzker Simmons, Co-Founder and Principal, Blue Haven Initiative

Kirstin Hill, President and COO, Social Finance (facilitator)

Talk: The Case For Investing In Dreamers

Don Graham, Chairman Emeritus, Graham Holdings

Roundtable: The Power of Evidence and Outcomes in Creating Equality of Opportunity

Raj Chetty, Professor of Economics and Director of Opportunity Insights, Harvard University

Ryan Rippel, Director, Economic Mobility and Opportunity, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (facilitator)

Event Photos

Institute Launch Event, April 10, 2024