ImpactAssets Appoints Board Chair, Expands Board of Directors and Adds Investment Committee Expertise
BETHESDA, Md., March 29, 2022 /3BL Media/ - ImpactAssets, a leading impact investing firm, today announced the election of Liesel Pritzker Simmons as Chair of its Board of Directors. She succeeds Karl “Charly” Kleissner, Ph.D., who served as Chair since 2017 and oversaw the organization’s transformative growth as an innovative leader in impact investing.
In addition, ImpactAssets recently welcomed Daniel L. Skaff, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Radicle Impact, to its Board and added Daryn Dodson, Founder and Managing Director of Illumen Capital, to its external Investment Committee.
“ImpactAssets has been very fortunate to have benefited from the stewardship of Charly Kleissner, a passionate advocate for impact investing and a strategic leader who helped guide the organization to new heights,” said Margret Trilli, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of ImpactAssets. “Liesel’s appointment comes after nearly a decade of her support, expertise and leadership as an ImpactAssets Board member, Vice Chair and Investment Committee member and she will continue to be instrumental in our next chapter of growth.
“And we couldn’t be happier to welcome Dan Skaff to our board and Investment Committee and Daryn Dodson to our Investment Committee. Dan’s deep experience in financial services, business building and venture investing adds a unique perspective to our Board, and both Dan and Daryn’s investment expertise and leadership in inclusive investing augment our existing investment strength.”
Liesel Pritzker Simmons
In addition to her Board Chair duties, Liesel continues to serve on the external ImpactAssets Investment Committee. She is Co-Founder and Principal of Blue Haven Initiative, an innovative family office that invests for profit and with purpose. A recognized leader in the impact investing space, she serves on other for-profit and non-profit boards and investment committees, including Fairtrade, Toniic, and IDP Foundation. Liesel also serves on the Founding Board of The ImPact, a network of leading families who commit to make investments with measurable social impact. Liesel attended Columbia University, where she studied African History. She lives in the Boston area with her husband, Ian Simmons, and their daughter.
“I feel very privileged to take on this role at such an exciting time at ImpactAssets,” said Pritzker Simmons. “As we enter a new era of growth, offering clients more services and greater impact investing expertise, I look forward to working with the ImpactAssets team to advance more positive social and environmental change.”
Charly, who will remain on the ImpactAssets Board, co-founded KL Felicitas Foundation, Social-Impact International, the Central European Investment Ready Program, Hawai'i Investment Ready, The Impact Hub Tirol, as well as Toniic and the '100% Network' global networks for impact investors. He serves as a full member of The Club of Rome, serves on the Board of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Proof of Impact, and on the Advisory Board of Chi Impact Capital, Industree Foundation, MCI Business School, Commonland, 4L Capital and Rainfall. Charly has over 20 years of experience as a senior technology executive in Silicon Valley working for companies like NeXT and Ariba. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Technology, Vienna.
“It has been a great honor to have served as Chairman of the ImpactAssets Board of Directors,” said Kleissner. “I am incredibly proud of our accomplishments during my tenure. I am confident in our future and in Liesel’s leadership as we continue to grow and expand our impact.”
Dan is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Radicle Impact, a venture firm investing in early-stage businesses at the intersection of social justice and environmental resilience. He is former Co-CEO, President and Vice Chairman of Beneficial State Bank; Dan is also Chairman of the Latino Community Foundation and serves on the Marin Community Foundation Board. He is a past advisory board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and former Co-Chairman and Lead Director of Glu Mobile, Inc. Dan received a B.A. with honors from Harvard College and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
“I’m excited to join such an innovative organization and look forward to working with the rest of the Board to support ImpactAssets’ continued growth,” said Skaff.
Daryn joins the ImpactAssets Investment Committee as Founder and Managing Director of Illumen Capital, an impact fund of funds dedicated to building equity for people of color and women across investing. He is a passionate advocate of social and economic justice, especially for disadvantaged and marginalized groups. His work with impact investors, private equity funds, Fortune 100 companies, universities and foundations has been viewed through the lens of addressing the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems. Mr. Dodson currently serves on the Board of Directors for Ben and Jerry’s. He earned his MBA from Stanford, and his A.B. from Duke University.
“I am pleased to join the ImpactAssets Investment Committee, which is a recognized leader and innovator in impact investing,” said Dodson. “I was attracted both by ImpactAssets’ rigorous approach to impact investing and its ambitious mission to increase flows of capital to impact with urgency and meaning.”
ImpactAssets is an impact investing trailblazer, dedicated to changing the trajectory of our planet’s future and improving the lives of all people. As a leading impact investing firm, we offer deep strategic expertise to help our clients define and execute on their impact goals. Founded in 2010, ImpactAssets increases flows of money to impact investing in partnership with our clients through our impact investment platform and field-building initiatives, including the IA 50 database of private debt and equity impact fund managers. ImpactAssets has more than $2 billion in assets in 1,700 donor advised fund accounts, working with purpose-driven individuals and their wealth managers, family offices, foundations and corporations. ImpactAssets is an independent 501(c)(3) organization.