Betsy Zeidman
Adjunct Fellow; Principal, Strategic Impact Solutions
Business, Capital Markets, Financial Innovations, Impact Investing, Philanthropy, Public Policy, Sustainable Development


Betsy Zeidman is principal of Strategic Impact Solutions, which advises private- and social-sector organizations on building and growing investment programs that generate sustainable financial and social returns. She is also a fellow at the Milken Institute and senior fellow with the Impact Investing Policy Collaborative. She has expertise in impact investing, community development finance, corporate governance and strategic philanthropy.

She previously served as the inaugural director of the RFK Compass Program at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. The RFK Compass Program engages institutional investors to explore and advance the connections among investment performance, fiduciary duty, and public interest issues. Earlier, Zeidman launched and directed the Milken Institute's Center for Emerging Domestic Markets, where she managed the Institute's work in mission-related investing and development finance, working with institutional and individual investors, foundations, governments, entrepreneurs and policymakers. Prior to joining the Milken Institute, Zeidman provided strategic management and marketing advisory services to clients in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, with a specialty in corporate responsibility and financial performance. She also held senior roles in financial and business affairs at several entertainment companies.

Zeidman is a member of the board of directors of US SIF - the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, and sits on the advisory board of the Center for Community Investments at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Council of National Advisors for Springboard Enterprises, a national organization catalyzing equity capital for high-growth, women-led companies. She has authored numerous reports and op-eds, and speaks frequently at industry conferences and to the media. She received both her B.A., cum laude with distinction, and her M.B.A. from Yale University.

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