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R. PAUL HERMAN
CEO + Founder * Chief Investment Officer * Portfolio Manager * Series 65 Investment Adviser

R. Paul Herman is a globally recognized leader in investing to pursue positive impact and profit.  HIP (Human Impact + Profit) Investor licenses 75,000 impact investment ratings of stocks, bonds, and funds to investors, fiduciaries, wealth advisors, fund managers, hedge funds, and retirement plans, including 401(k)s.  HIP’s Ratings also help drive the Newsweek Green Rankings and the Peter Drucker Index. HIP’s Portfolios focus on sustainable equities and REITs, and thematically invest in “great places to work” and fossil-fuel-free strategies.

Herman founded HIP  Investor 12 years ago to show that investments across all asset classes can  solve  human, social and environmental  problems — and can be more profitable and less risky than being extractive of people, natural resources and trust.

Herman’s 2010 book ( The HIP Investor; Make Bigger Profits by Building a Better World;  published by John Wiley & Sons)
is included in 26 university, MBA and MPA curricula worldwide on finance, capital markets and impact investing.

Herman is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, advised Boards and executives while with McKinsey and Company, found and funded social entrepreneurs at Ashoka.org, and shaped and measured impact investments at eBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s Network.  Herman is an advisor to the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), Net Impact and Sustainable Brands.

Herman’s  insights have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, BusinessWeek, CNN, Reuters, Morningstar.com and CNBC.

* R. Paul Herman is CEO and a registered representative of HIP Investor Inc., an investment adviser registered in California, Washington, and Illinois.


CHANDER BALAKUMAR, MS, CFA Level 1 Candidate
Portfolio Analyst

Chander is completing his MS in Financial Analytics from the University of Michigan, where he also earned his BA in Psychology. He was a member of the University of Michigan’s Developmental Summer Internship Program(D-SIP), where he worked alongside top fundraising professionals and began his career in philanthropy. He then set about exploring the different facets of philanthropy, from fundraising within the alumni office at the University, to consulting at a fundraising consulting firm, and eventually saw himself working at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, where he was exposed to impact investing and HIP. Chander is currently helping develop the next layer of HIP analytics with Python and assists with the in-depth analysis of HIP’s corporate and portfolio ratings.


DAVID SHUGAR, MBA candidate
Director, Digital Solutions + Impact Investing Analytics

David creates online delivery platforms for clients to access and interact with HIP impact ratings as well as provides analytical support to further develop HIP ratings across asset classes. David is currently a M.B.A. candidate at Presidio Graduate School, with an emphasis on sustainable management and impact investing. Prior to joining HIP, David worked as the Energy Program Associate at As You Sow, focusing on shareholder engagement with electric utilities and the oil & gas industry on environmental, social and governance issues. David holds a B.S. in Applied Physics from UC Santa Cruz, which included a thesis project on testing an innovative solar power technology. David’s passion for impact investing is also inspired and informed through previous roles in sustainability non-profits and clean technology companies.


HAN LE, Dual MBA & MPA candidate
MBA Analyst

Han is currently pursuing a dual MBA and MPA degree at Presidio Graduate School. She earned her BS in Environmental Systems, with a minor in Environmental Policy at the University of California, San Diego. She self-designed her senior thesis to better understand the environmental education climate among K-12 science curriculum in all 50 states by creating a rating system that analyzed whether a state had low, medium, or high environmental education requirements. She also had the opportunity to intern for the City of San Diego Environmental Services Department where her research report on landfill financial assurance saved the City an upwards of $18 million. At HIP, she is currently helping with municipal ratings analysis, specifically on electric utility rating, as well as, assisting in the design of the HIP Impact Optimizer Tool to engage the general public in impact investing.


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MEGAN MORRICE, MBA, Series 65 Investment Adviser
Vice President, Client and Partnership Development

Megan leads Client and Partnership Development at HIP Investor, where she identifies and creates partnerships with like-minded brands and educates clients on how HIP’s offerings can help them make more money and have a greater impact. Megan also is engaged with portfolio development and the publishing of the results of HIP partnerships. She has experienced firsthand the positive impact that companies have when investing where their values are. Her financial services background working as a Financial Advisor for Metlife and as a wholesaler for Leisure, Werden & Terry Agency allowed her to work with clients and understand the internal challenges faced in the financial services industry. In 2015, she did a fellowship at Confluence Philanthropy, an international network that helps move philanthropic capital in the direction of mission-aligned investing. She holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School. Megan is passionate about helping individuals and organizations understand their financial options, align their money with their values, and create financial products that best serve the needs of people.


NICK GOWER
Director, Marketing, Client Solutions + Impact Investing Analytics

Nick has 8+ years experience building out HIP’s corporate, municipal, and private venture analysis. He has extrapolated that work to related consulting projects, including building custom ratings frameworks for international consortium and toolkits for sustainable development networks. Leveraging that experience, Nick participates in client development and industry-wide awareness-building.


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ONINDO KHAN, M.Sc.
Director, Impact Analytics + Client Solutions

Onindo manages the production and deployment of HIP’s corporate ratings. He ensures that the HIP ratings continuously represent our most up to date analysis of corporate results relating to human impact and profit. Onindo earned his M.Sc. in Logic from the University of Amsterdam and holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics from the Ruhr Universität Bochum. Before joining HIP, Onindo worked as an analyst in the governance team at As You Sow, focusing on compensation issues, like overpaid CEOs. Out of the office, Onindo enjoys being outdoors while sailing, biking or hiking.


REES BLANCHARD, MBA candidate
MBA Analyst

Rees updates the HIP web portal, provides analytical support, and helps develop HIP ratings. Rees is currently pursuing his MBA degree at Presidio Graduate School. He received his MS in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Michigan. Before joining HIP, Rees worked in operations at the Bay Area Medical Academy in San Francisco. He is primarily interested in using data and finance for good. In his spare time, Rees enjoys playing board games and looking at pigeons.


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ZACHARY WORTHINGTON, MBA
Vice President, Operations and Finance

Zach leads the internal accounting processes and supports both client reporting and 401k business development. Prior to starting at HIP, Zach spent years as a food-related entrepreneur, from designing a commercial aquaponics system to opening a wine bar. Zach earned an MBA from Presidio Graduate School where his interest in social change was converted into a lifelong personal integration. When not fighting for increased transparency in capital markets, Zach can often be found in the kitchen or on a basketball court.


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JOY PETTIROSSI-POLAND, MS
Senior Advisor, HIP Investor

President & Consultant Building Bridges 2012 LLC
Business Development Strategist
Sustainable Business & Investment Models
Creator MVP™ (More Value & Profit) Program
MVP™ 401(k) Sustainability Assessment & 401(k) “Know What You Own” Education Program

Joy has her BA in Psychology from Boston University and her Master of Science MS from Central Connecticut State University.

Professionally, Joy has worked with Investment Advisors and CPAs for over 25 years as an expert in business development strategies, brand differentiation, building strategic alliances and crafting CPE and professional development forums.  In 2012 Joy created the MVP (More Value & Profit)™ Program designed to help CPA’s, wealth advisors and business owners create more profitable and sustainable businesses.  In 2014 MVP in collaboration with Providence College launched the first “Intangibles Valuation Committee” Task Force through the Rhode Island Society of CPA’s – the first of its kind in the country.  In May of 2015 Joy was named Founding Committee Member and Business Liaison for RISCPA’s new “Sustainable Value Committee”.

Joy created the MVP C-Suite Sustainability Challenge an ongoing educational series and training program offered at the Atrion Educational Center at RISCPA.  Joy has spoken at the XPX BOSTON Exit Planning Exchange event “How to Make Intangible Value Tangible” which she designed and delivered and XPX Connecticut, “The Upside of Building Partner Value in your Firm; an intangible value primer for owners of CPA Firms, Law Firms and Consulting Firms as a panelist.  She has presented her MVP program at the Wharton School of Businesses “New Metrics for Sustainable Business” conference and twice times at MIT’s Sloan School of Management’s Annual “Sustainable Investing Conference”  Building Bridges and HIP Investor’s collaborative 401(k) sustainability assessment and scoring work was featured in September 2014 at the Sustainable Business New Metrics Conference at MIT.  Joy’s MVP Program and Intangibles Task Force work has been featured in the CPA Journal, Accounting Today, Sustainable Brands Magazine, CR Magazine and the Providence Business News.

In addition to her business coaching Joy does consulting and volunteer work for schools that are exploring how to build child-centric, experiential curriculums that integrate emotional intelligence and environmental literacy to better engage students, improve learning, increase cognitive performance and enhance overall wellness and empowerment.


 
YELENA DANZIGER, JD
Senior Advisor

Yelena advises HIP on strategic pathways to growth. Prior to HIP, she spent 10 years as a corporate and licensing attorney with significant experience providing advice on legal and business strategy to senior technology and life sciences executives. Her background in corporate law equips her with strong analytical skills and extensive knowledge of corporate structure and finance, while her passion for social responsibility and impact investment is deepened through coursework towards a Certificate in Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School with a focus on sustainable strategy, finance, and capital management. Yelena was a Chancellor’s Scholar at UC Berkeley, and holds a J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law.