Kim is in Episode 1: Business as a Force for Good.

Kim Coupounas is currently a Director of B Lab, a nonprofit organization that certifies “B Corporations” and serves a global movement of people using the power of business as a force for good. There are over 2,000 Certified B Corporations globally, companies meeting the highest standards for social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. Prior to B Lab, she co-founded and served as CEO of an international outdoor products brand, GoLite, that was sold in 23 countries and beloved by hundreds of thousands of customers around the world. GoLite was one of the earliest Certified B Corporations and the first outdoor industry company to achieve an A+ level verified sustainability report from the Global Reporting Initiative. Kim is past Chairman of the Board of the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), the trade association representing the $646 billion+ outdoor recreation industry. Kim earned an A.B. with honors in Philosophy from Princeton University, an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and an M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She spends her free time with her family, in nature, singing, doing yoga and martial arts, and climbing big mountains.


Jennifer is in Episode 1: Business as a Force for Good.

Jennifer Pawlik currently serves as Program Manager over Strategy, Marketing and Outreach initiatives at Amavida Coffee. She also works to maintain B Corp Certification and Benefit Corporation compliance, sustainability reporting, stakeholder engagement, as well as, impact improvement initiatives. Jennifer started working with Amavida in 2014 as an intern with the University of West Florida, where she earned her degree in Communication Arts. Amavida & Coffee have been a part of her life since long before beginning this career path.


Amit is in Episode 2:  The Impact of Impact Investing.

Amit Bouri is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of the Global Impact Investing Network (“GIIN”). His work in impact investing began when he was a strategy consultant with the Monitor Institute. At Monitor he was part of the team that produced the Investing for Social & Environmental Impact report, and he left Monitor to co-found the GIIN in 2009.

Amit's other projects at the Monitor Institute included strategic planning and organizational development work for nonprofit organizations and foundations. Amit previously worked in the private sector as a strategy consultant with Bain & Company. He left Bain to work in global health at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. He also worked in the corporate philanthropy units of Gap Inc. and Johnson & Johnson. Amit holds an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, an MPA from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College.



Manuel is in Episode 2:  The Impact of Impact Investing.

Manuel Lewin is the Head of Responsible Investment at Zurich Insurance Group, where he oversees the implementation of Zurich's responsible investment strategy for the company's USD 200bn portfolio of Group assets. He is responsible for the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into Zurich’s investment processes, oversees the Group’s portfolio of impact investments, and leads involvement in various collaborative as well as thought leadership initiatives. Manuel currently serves as the Deputy Chair of the Green Bond Principles initiative. Manuel joined Zurich Insurance Group in Zurich, Switzerland, in 2007 as an analyst in the Market Strategy and Macroeconomics team before becoming the Strategic Assistant to the Chief Investment Officer of the Zurich Group and Communications Manager for the Investment Management department. Manuel attended the University of Basel, Switzerland, where he obtained his Licentiate and Master Degrees in Business and Economics before continuing his education at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, from where he graduated in 2007 with Distinction in Economic History.


Alexander is in Episode 3:  Capitalism on Purpose: The Conscious Capitalism Movement.

Alexander graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 with a BA in philosophy and economics and a MA in philosophy. He then graduated from Georgetown University in 2014 with a MA in philosophy. During college, Alexander founded and ran a nonprofit organization that supported high school debate education in Philadelphia public and charter schools.

Alexander worked for a year at the Cato Institute on student programs. For the 8 years before joining Conscious Capitalism, Alexander served as president of Students For Liberty, an organization he co-founded and grew to include over 2,000 student groups and more than 1,400 trained student leaders in 100+ countries on all 6 inhabited continents.


Seth is in Episode 3:  Capitalism on Purpose: The Conscious Capitalism Movement.

Seth Goldman co-founded Honest® Tea in 1998 with Professor Barry Nalebuff of the Yale School of Management. Over the past eighteen years the company has thrived as consumers have shifted toward healthier and more sustainable diets.  In March 2011, Honest Tea was acquired by The Coca-Cola Company, helping to further the reach and impact of Honest Tea’s mission by becoming the first organic and Fair Trade brand in the world's largest beverage distribution system.  Today, Honest Tea is the nation’s top selling ready-to-drink organic bottled tea and Honest Kids® is the nation’s top-selling organic children/youth beverage.  The brands are carried in more than 100,000 outlets in the United States, including all Wendy’s and Chik-fil-A restaurants.  In 2016 Honest Tea’s distribution will be expanding to Europe.

In 2016, Seth transitioned to a new role at Honest Tea as TeaEO Emeritus and Innovation Catalyst for Coca-Cola’s Venturing & Emerging Brands business unit.  This transition allows him to take on an additional role as Executive Chairman of Beyond Meat, a privately held California-based enterprise where Seth has served as a board member since 2012.  Beyond Meat is a company on the cutting edge of plant protein research and development, with a goal of providing plant-based protein foods - without sacrificing the taste, chew or satisfaction of animal meat.

Seth serves on the advisory boards of Ripple Foods, the Yale School of Management, the American Beverage Association, and Bethesda Green (a local sustainability non-profit he co-founded).  He graduated from Harvard College (1987) and the Yale School of Management (1995), and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.  Seth and Barry are the authors, along with graphic artist Soongyun Choi, of The New York Times bestseller Mission in a Bottle, which was published by the Crown Business division of Random House in September, 2013.  The book, told in comic book form, captures their efforts to create a mission-driven business in a profit-driven world.  Seth lives with his wife and three sons near Honest Tea’s Bethesda, MD headquarters in an eco-friendly house.


Carolyn is in Episode 4:  From Workers to Owners.

Carolyn discovered and fell in love with horticulture while she was volunteering through Americorps at the East Bay Conservation Corps in Oakland, California. At that time she had just earned her undergraduate degree in religion from Cornell University and was about to start working on her master’s degree from the Harvard Divinity School.

Once she relocated to the Boston area, Carolyn took a summer landscape maintenance job at A Yard & A Half. Fourteen years later, she helped the company transition to an employee-owned cooperative. Today, as Co-CEO, Carolyn is focused on the business operations of A Yard & A Half. She also loves to work with the team members to develop both their horticultural skills and their “soft skills” for career advancement. She wants to help each team member reach the next level of their journey with A Yard & A Half.

Carolyn is a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist, a graduate of UMass Green School, and a Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA)-Accredited Organic Landcare Professional. She has studied at the Landscape Institute, teaches design and site assessment courses for the Boston Master Urban Gardeners program and NOFA, and serves on the board of the Community Outreach Group on Design.

Carolyn is married to a housing advocate and they have two young sons.

“I’ve long been interested in the healing and healthy living aspects of horticulture. Between that and the social justice approach to developing our co-op into a multi-generational business, I feel like my work at A Yard & A Half is not just a job, but also my ministry.” — Carolyn


Yuri is in Episode 4:  From Workers to Owners.



Jessica is in Episode 4:  From Workers to Owners.

Jess serves as the Spanish-language translator for the More than Money podcast.  She currently serves as a program manager for the Kalmanovitz Initiative at Georgetown University. Prior to joining the Kalmanovitz Initiative, Jess worked at the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service providing faculty, executive, and event programming support. Having worked in Muslim-Christian Relations and Worker Justice for the last four years, Jess is committed to building bridges of solidarity across individuals and communities. Originally from El Salvador, Jess is a 2012 graduate from the College of William & Mary where she majored in Modern Languages and Literatures with a specialization in French and Francophone Studies. While at W&M, Jess was actively involved in the Latino and Muslim student organizations. Jess has also worked for the US Department of Energy and George Mason University.



Tim is in Episode 5:  History & Evolution of Corporate Social Responsibility.

Timothy J. McClimon is President of the American Express Foundation and Senior Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility, American Express Company.  In this role, he directs all of the American Express Company’s global social responsibility, philanthropy and employee engagement programs. Mr. McClimon was recognized as one of the The NonProfit Times’ Top 50 nonprofit leaders in 2012, 2013 and 2016.

Prior to joining American Express, Mr. McClimon was Executive Director of Second Stage Theatre where he led one of the largest not-for-profit theaters in New York City.  He also served as the Executive Director of the AT&T Foundation where he directed AT&T’s global philanthropy and corporate citizenship programs.

A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Mr. McClimon joined AT&T from the New York law firm of Webster & Sheffield where he was a lawyer specializing in not-for-profit corporate law.

Mr. McClimon is the lead faculty member for the Institute for Corporate Responsibility jointly sponsored by Johns Hopkins University and Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers. A former David Rockefeller Fellow with the New York City Partnership, Mr. McClimon serves on the boards of Americans for the Arts, Independent Sector, Mark Morris Dance Group and Second Stage Theatre.

Since 1990, Mr. McClimon has been an adjunct professor at New York University where he teaches two graduate level courses in arts and not-for-profit management.  He also writes a blog on corporate social responsibility, which can be found at


Marc is in Episode 5:  History & Evolution of Corporate Social Responsibility.

Marc DeCourcey is senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and leads its Corporate Citizenship Center (CCC), serves as a leading resource for businesses dedicated to making a difference. The Center works with businesses to tackle the toughest issues affecting society in the areas of community improvement, disaster resilience, economic empowerment, education, environment, and health. Through interactive and informative events with industry leaders, original research, a digital and media network, and the resources and reach of the Foundation, CCC is a powerful corporate citizenship partner.

DeCourcey has 25 years of experience in public policy leadership, spanning the executive and congressional branches of the U.S. government as well as the nonprofit sector.

Previously, DeCourcey held several senior positions at the American Red Cross (ARC)—including chief of staff in the president and CEO’s office. There he implemented strategic initiatives, directed day-to-day operations, and represented the organization to major stakeholders across government, corporate, and nonprofit sectors. He also served as vice president for strategic partnerships and was ARC’s senior director of federal government relations and partnerships, serving as the liaison to the White House, Cabinet departments, and other federal agencies. Earlier, DeCourcey was chief of staff in the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs at the U.S. Department of Education.

A native of Massachusetts, DeCourcey ran for state representative immediately after graduating from Providence College. After narrowly losing the race, he was hired to work in Gov. Bill Weld’s (R-MA) administration. He then managed successful congressional campaigns and worked on Capitol Hill for former Reps. Peter Blute (R-MA) and John Kasich (R-OH), now governor of Ohio. In addition, he served as executive director of the Massachusetts Republican Party.

DeCourcey has a long history of community service and has been active on numerous civic and philanthropic boards. He was appointed to be a U.S. National Commissioner for UNESCO and named to the U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Committee on the Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society. He has also served as a guest lecturer at the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility at Johns Hopkins University. In 2013, he was named No. 50 in Ethisphere’s 100 Most Ethical People in Business. He and his wife have three children.



Ellis is in Episode 6:  Bringing Capital to Underserved Communities.

Ellis Carr has spent more than two decades addressing the social and economic justice issues that impact underserved communities through his work in the financial services and community development sectors. That effort continues as the president and CEO of Capital Impact Partners, a role he was promoted to in 2016 after serving as the organization’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for four years.

Among his institutional priorities, Mr. Carr leads Capital Impact’s 2020 strategy, an ambitious agenda anchored by four strategic pillars: addressing systemic poverty, building equitable opportunities, creating healthy communities and ensuring inclusive growth. As CFO, Mr. Carr was instrumental in raising and structuring over $200M in capital for the firm and led the effort for Capital Impact to become a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. In 2015, he was recognized as one of the “Top 40 under 40” business executives by the Washington Business Journal.

Mr. Carr’s financial expertise was honed over many years in the private sector. He held various positions during his tenure at Freddie Mac including roles in Investments and Capital Markets, and Strategy and Corporate Finance. Prior to Freddie Mac, he worked domestically and abroad for Deutsche Bank.

Mr. Carr is a trustee of the NHP Foundation; the Treasurer and Board Member of Martha’s Table; a Board member of OFN (the Opportunity Finance Network) and HPN (the Housing Partnership Network). Mr. Carr graduated from Towson University with an undergraduate degree in accounting, and a master’s degree from Georgetown University.



Sue is in Episode 6:  Bringing Capital to Underserved Communities.

Sue Compton has served as the Chief Executive Officer at Axis Community Health since 2007.  She has a BSN from Duke University and a master’s in health care administration from the University of San Francisco.  She began her career as a public health nurse in rural South Carolina and her experience also includes hospital and outpatient clinic management positions.  During her tenure at Axis, she has tripled the size of the organization, opened two new service sites and obtained FQHC status for the organization.


Valarie is in Episode 6:  Bringing Capital to Underserved Communities.

Ms. Jonas has been with Axis Community Health since 2010 where she presently serves as Chief Development Officer.  A graduate of Duke University, Ms. Jonas has worked with several Bay Area non-profits, including the Jewish Federation of the East Bay and the Bankhead Theater project. Prior health care development work includes Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach and the Pennsylvania Health Care Association.  At Axis, she oversees fundraising, community relations and capital projects.


Brian is in Episode 7:  Affordable Housing: Essential to Stable Communities.

Brian Dowling is Senior Vice President – Community Investments at CDT, the Community Development Trust. Mr. Dowling manages CDT’s equity program, which provides equity capital to affordable housing operators for the purpose of acquiring and preserving existing affordable housing properties. Mr. Dowling has been with CDT since 2005 and spent his entire career in the field of affordable housing development and finance.

Prior to joining CDT, Mr. Dowling served as a Development Associate with Westhab, a non-profit housing developer in Westchester County, New York. Prior to that, he was a Development Associate with The Richman Group, a national tax-credit syndicator and developer. Mr. Dowling holds a Masters Degree from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of Rochester.

Susanne Slater

Susanne is in Episode 7:  Affordable Housing: Essential to Stable Communities.

Susanne Slater is the President & CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development headquartered in Washington, DC. She has also served as the co-chair of the Green Working Group for Sustainable Communities.

Susanne’s depth of experience in community development policy and programs include an 18-year career at the University of Maryland teaching courses on housing and environmental policy as well as nonprofit management control. While serving as Associate Dean for Executive Programs, she created an award-winning certificate program in low- and moderate-income housing development for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. As a founding board member and vice president of a nonprofit development corporation, Susanne oversaw the conversion of a troubled public housing complex into a successful mixed-income neighborhood in DC’s Ward 7. Susanne also previously worked for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan on the Senate Budget and Senate Finance committees, and at the White House Office of Management and Budget as a financial economist dealing with loan guarantees and government sponsored enterprises.


Mindy is in Episode 8:  Mobilizing Business for a Sustainable World.

Mindy S. Lubber is the President and a founding board member of Ceres, a non-profit organization that is mobilizing many of the world’s largest investors and companies to take stronger action on climate change, water scarcity and other global sustainability challenges. She directs Ceres’ Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a group of more than 120 institutional investors managing more than $15 trillion in assets focused on the business risks and opportunities of climate change. Mindy also oversees engagements with 100-plus companies, many of them Fortune 500 firms, committed to sustainable business practices and the urgency for strong climate and clean energy policies.


Mindy has led negotiating teams of investors, NGOs and Fortune 500 companies CEOs who have taken far-reaching positions on corporate practices to minimize carbon emissions, water use and other environmental impacts. Under Mindy’s leadership, Ceres launched The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability and The 21st Century Investor: Ceres Blueprint for Sustainable Investing, visionary guides highlighting environmental and social performance improvements companies and investors must achieve to succeed in the resource-constrained 21st century global economy.


In 2016, Mindy received the Climate Visionary Award from the Earth Day Network, and the William K. Reilly Award for Environmental Leadership from the Center for Environmental Policy at American University. The December 2015 online edition of Vogue Magazine featured Mindy as one of their “Climate Warriors”, one of the top 13 women advancing the Paris Climate Agreement at the UN Conference at COP21. In 2010, Mindy was honored by the United Nations and the Foundation for Social Change as one of the “World’s Top Leaders of Change” for her work in mobilizing leading companies to integrate environmental challenges into core business strategies. She is also a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and was named one of “The 100 Most Influential People in Corporate Governance” by Directorship magazine.


Mindy regularly speaks about corporate and investor sustainability issues to high-level leaders at the New York Stock Exchange, United Nations, World Economic Forum, Clinton Global Initiative, American Accounting Association, American Bar Association and more than 100 Fortune 500 firms. In 2014, Mindy presented at TEDx Lake Geneva in Switzerland, highlighting the role of the private sector in solving climate change. She has briefed powerful corporate boards, from Nike to American Electric Power, on how climate change affects shareholder value. She is also a sustainability thought leader and regularly blogs for Huffington Post and Forbes.

Prior to Ceres, Mindy held various leadership positions in government, financial services and the not-for-profit sector. Mindy joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1995 as a Deputy Regional Administrator and was named Regional Administrator under President Bill Clinton in 2000. As Regional Administrator, she was responsible for the administration and management of the EPA’s New England Regional Office and its then $450 million annual budget. Additional key priorities in her role included organizing aggressive cleanups of hazardous waste sites with a goal of redevelopment, new jobs and urban revitalization, ensuring the long-term protection of drinking water supplies, and prioritizing addressing children’s asthma in urban environments.

Mindy was the founder, President and CEO of Green Century Capital Management, a family of environmentally responsible mutual funds. She also served as Director of the Mass Public Interest Research Group.

Mindy holds a master’s in Business Administration from SUNY Buffalo and earned her law degree from Suffolk University. She resides in Brookline, Mass., with her husband and has two grown children.


Alex is in Episode 9:  Investors Influencing Corporate Governance.

Alexandra Stevenson is a finance reporter for the New York Times, with a focus on how hedge fund titans use their wealth and influence in business and politics. She also has an interest in stories that deal with how private investment firms are taking over the businesses that banks once offered like lending to low-income families. She has worked in Beijing, Hong Kong, London and New York.


Donna is in Episode 9:  Investors Influencing Corporate Governance.

Donna F. Anderson is Vice President and Global Corporate Governance Analyst for T. Rowe Price. In her current role, Ms. Anderson leads the policy-formation process for proxy voting, chairs the firm’s Proxy Committee and leads the firm’s engagement efforts with portfolio companies. She serves as a specialist for incorporating environmental, social and governance considerations into the firm’s investment-research process. She is also a member of the firm’s Valuation Committee and the Women’s Roundtable Advisory Council.

Before joining T. Rowe Price in 2007, Ms. Anderson was Director of Equity Research for Invesco Funds in Houston.

Ms. Anderson earned her undergraduate degree in foreign languages from Trinity University and her M.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin. She is a CFA Charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute and the Baltimore CFA Society. In addition, she serves on the Advisory Boards of the Council of Institutional Investors and the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware.


Katrin is in Episode 10:  Hiring for Values.

Dr. Katrin Kaeufer leads a research effort on “Banking as if People Mattered”. She conducts case studies on value-based banks and support the Global Alliance for Banking on Values in their efforts to build a global network of value-based banks. Katrin is also the research director of the Presencing Institute, a Cambridge-based network of change makers focused on advancing social technologies of transformation and change.

Kaeufer earned her MBA and Ph.D. from Witten/Herdecke University in Germany. Her dissertation on Socially Responsible Banking was published as a book in 1996. While working with peace researcher Johan Galtung, she co-founded and directed "Peace Studies Around the World," a year-long global studies program. She has consulted with a global pharmaceutical company, the World Bank, a learning network of small and mid-sized companies and non-profit organizations, as well as with the United Nations Development Program in New York. She is also a founding member of the Presencing Institute.


John is in Episode 10:  Hiring for Values.

John Allen is Vice President of People Solutions at Vancity.  With his background and experience in Change Management, Employee development, labour relations and people management he is responsible for the people strategies and solutions that engage and develop talent to realize Vancity’s strategies and vision.

In addition to his role at Vancity he serves on 3 boards: The BCIT HR Management program, the Credit Union Pension and Benefit trust and is Board Chair for the Sobey school of business Cooperative Management Education Cooperative at St. Mary’s University.

Prior to Vancity, John was the Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for the British Columbia Auto Association (BCAA), leading several functions including HR, facilities, corporate communications, and the Road Safety Foundation.

John began his career working in several financial institutions and spent nearly 10 years in Branch Manager and Retail Sales Manager roles at Canada Trust and Blue Shore Credit Union.



David is in Episode 11:  Banking on Values.

David Korslund has filled senior roles in banking since 1976. He began his career at Shore Bank in Chicago while completing his MBA at the Booth School of the University of Chicago. He worked with ABN AMRO Bank in the United States and The Netherlands for over 25 years. Since leaving ABN AMRO in 2009 he has provided strategic advice on values based finance delivering a Triple Bottom Line of People, Planet and Prosperity. He is Senior Economist for the Global Alliance for Banking on Values, where he researched and authored “Real Economy – Real Returns: The Power of Sustainability-focused Banking.”


David is in Episode 11:  Banking on Values.

David is a social entrepreneur with a long history of innovation in community development finance. As CEO of Sunrise Banks, David’s visionary leadership has positioned his social enterprise for long-term financial sustainability and positive social impact.

Under David’s leadership, Sunrise Banks became the first Minnesota bank certified as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), the first Minnesota B Corp and the first Minnesota bank to join the Global Alliance of Banking on Values. David has been recognized by Trust Across America as one of 2014’s “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business”, earned an Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award, been named Finance & Commerce’s “Innovator of the Year,” recognized as a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” honoree, earned the Corporate Citizenship Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Corporate Citizenship and won a Stevie Award for Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program.

A recognized leader in opening the doors of financial inclusion to help the unbanked and under banked gain access to convenient, transparent and reasonably-priced financial services nationally and globally, David has appeared on Minnesota Public Radio and the BBC, and has been quoted in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Twin Cities Business Magazine and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. He has authored articles for Green Money Journal, the St. Louis Federal Reserve,, and He has been invited to speak at SRI in the Rockies, the University of St. Thomas Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship, CFSI - 24th Annual Card Forum, the St. Louis Federal Reserve and Minnesota Campus Compact. He has lectured on community development banking topics to numerous schools, nonprofits, and civic organizations.

David has served on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Bankers Association, University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Graduate School of Banking and the Capitol Area Planning & Architectural Board. He is also a member of numerous civic and professional associations including the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce and the Midway Chamber of Commerce, Community Development Bankers Association, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Young Presidents’ Organization, Strategic Coach and the Global Alliance for Banking on Values. David currently serves on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Community Bank Advisory Council with other national leaders in banking to ensure that the “unique perspectives” of depository institutions with less than $10 billion in assets are shared brought to the attention of the CFPB.

David is a graduate of the University of San Diego, University of Southern California – Graduate School of Business, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison – Graduate School of Banking, and has been in the financial services industry for 25 years. He is an avid surfer, bicyclist, and traveler.


Ted is in Episode 12:  Labor Puts Investments to Work.

Ted Chandler is Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) with 30 years of experience in housing finance and community development, including 15 years with Fannie Mae and six years with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). As COO, he assists in overseeing company operations including Multifamily, Marketing, Investor Relations, Labor Relations, and Communications. Mr. Chandler is instrumental in launching HIT’s community investment initiatives.

As Vice President of marketing for Fannie Mae’s Western Regional Office in Pasadena, CA, Mr. Chandler was responsible for managing relationships with national mortgage banking customers. Previously at Fannie Mae he served as Vice President of Housing and Community Development for the western United States, and before that as Director of the Boston Partnership Office. During his time with the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Mr. Chandler served as Chief Executive and Chief of Staff. He was later Deputy Executive Director of the Massachusetts Industrial Finance Agency in Boston.

Mr. Chandler is a member of the advisory board of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; the advisory board of Greystone Community Development Enterprise; vice chair of the board of Abode Communities; and Chair of the Board of Governors of the National Housing Conference. He is a founder and Director Emeritus of the California Housing Consortium.

Mr. Chandler holds a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a Juris Doctor degree from Stanford University Law School.


Tom is in Episode 12:  Labor Puts Investments to Work.

Thomas Croft is the Managing Director of Heartland Capital Strategies (HCS) and Executive Director of the Steel Valley Authority (SVA). Tom is the co-author, with Annie Malhotra, of the Responsible Investor Handbook: Mobilizing Workers Capital for a Sustainable World, published by Greenleaf Publishing (UK) and commissioned by the AFL-CIO.  The Handbook was published in 2016 and is receiving attention from the US, Canada and Europe.

His previous works include Up from Wall Street: The Responsible Alternative. (Cosimo Books, 2009). Forward by Richard Trumka; “Targeted Responsible Investments,” a chapter in The Next Generation of Responsible Investing, Edited by Tessa Hebb. (2011, Springer Publishing); “Helping Workers’ Capital Work Harder: A Report on Global Economically Targeted Investments (ETIs).” (2009). A Report Commissioned by the Global Unions Committee on Workers’ Capital (CWC), International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC); “Collaboration Between Labor, Academics and Community Activists to Advance Labor/Capital Strategies.”  A Chapter in Money on the Line: Workers’ Capital in Canada.  (2003, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives). Isla Carmichael and Jack Quarter, Editors. Heartland previously commissioned Working Capital: The Power of Labor’s Capital (2001, Cornell University), edited by Tessa Hebb, et al. Forward by Leo Gerard.  In addition, Croft has authored numerous articles.



Noel is in the BONUS Episode of Season 1:  An Immigrant Story:  The Value of Work and Wealth.

Born in Tijuana, Mexico to a single mother, Maria de Jesus Garcia, Noel spent his childhood years in both the United States and Mexico with his mother as she sought work. Noel legally immigrated to the United States at age 17. He settled in Los Angeles with the clear goal of providing for his mother residing in Mexico. Noel secures employment at Bausch & Lomb Optical. Years later Noel becomes the co-owner of Empire Optical, one of the largest optic laboratories in the United States. This success enables Noel to volunteer his time and talent to the growth of El Sembrador Ministries.

In the early 1980’s, Noel begins to question his Catholic faith and embarked on a course of biblical studies. After years of study, Noel has a transformational experience during Mass on March 31, 1984, where he dedicated his life to serving his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. A few days later on April 3, 1984, Noel was invited to share his experience as a bible student with a small group of 5-7 people at St. Thomas parish in Los Angeles. At that moment El Sembrador was born. From those humble beginnings, the Ministry grew slowly but surely through weekly parish meetings. In the 1990’s interest in El Sembrador went beyond the local parish and so the Ministry began to purchase time on local TV and radio stations, adding Nueva Evangelizacion to its name to emphasize its focus on new evangelization. In the early 2000’s El Sembrador purchased its first radio station as well as launched its satellite TV channel, ESNE®. Today, ESNE® TV reaches 42 million people in 19 countries, ESNE® radio reaches 33 million people in North America and over 50,000 people a year attend ESNE’s live discipleship events throughout the Americas.

Noel married his childhood sweetheart Sara, also a native of Tijuana, in 1976 and together they have a daughter and two sons. Noel’s mother lived at their home until her death on February 23, 2010.