Tracy Palandjian

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

Office: Boston Year: 2011

Tracy Palandjian is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Social Finance, an impact investing nonprofit which is leading the development of Pay for Success financing and Social Impact Bonds, an innovative public-private partnership that mobilizes capital to deliver measurable and lasting impact on our communities.

For more than a decade, Tracy has committed to re-imagining the role of the capital markets in enabling social progress. Inspired by Social Finance UK, Tracy co-founded Social Finance in Boston in 2011 to build the Social Impact Bond field in the United States. The firm’s innovative financing approach has catalyzed over $100M to address a range of social challenges in criminal justice, early childhood, education, workforce development, health and homelessness.

Prior to Social Finance, Tracy was a Managing Director for 11 years at The Parthenon Group where she established and led the Nonprofit Practice and worked with foundations and NGOs to accomplish their missions in the US and globally. Tracy also worked at Wellington Management Co. and McKinsey & Co.

Tracy is co-author of Investing for Impact: Case Studies Across Asset Classes, and serves as vice chair of the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance. She is a trustee at the Surdna Foundation (where she chairs the Investment Committee), and a Director of Affiliated Managers Group. She is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Community Development Advisory Council. Previously, Tracy also served as Board Chair of Facing History and Ourselves, co-Chair of Robert F Kennedy Human Rights, and Trustee of Milton Academy. A former Vice Chair of the Harvard Board of Overseers and a 2019 recipient of the HBS Alumni Achievement Award, Tracy continues to serve on various Standing and Visiting Committees at Harvard University.

Tracy is a frequent speaker and writer on impact investing, social innovation and results-oriented policy making, having been covered in The Wall Street Journal, Atlantic, Economist, TIME, Forbes, and New York Times. A native of Hong Kong, Tracy is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin. She graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. magna cum laude in Economics, and holds an M.B.A. with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar.