R. Paul Herman, FSA

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 140,000 impact investment ratings of stocks, bonds, and funds to investors, investment advisers, wealth advisers, fund managers, hedge funds, fiduciaries, and retirement plans, including 401(k)s. HIP’s Ratings have helped drive the Newsweek Green Rankings and the Peter Drucker Index. HIP’s Strategies focus on “great places to work,” sustainable real estate, global dividends, and sustainability leaders.

Herman’s 2010 text-book, e-book, and audio-book The HIP Investor: Make Bigger Profits by Building a Better World is published by John Wiley & Sons), and is included in 28 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 adviser to the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), Net Impact and Sustainable Brands.

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


Nick Gower, FSA

President, HIP Investor Ratings LLC

Over 12 years at HIP Investor, Nick has helped architect, build, and deploy HIP’s corporate, municipal, fund, and portfolio ratings of impact and profit potential. Nick has built custom ratings frameworks and toolkits for investors, foundations, international consortia, and sustainable development networks. Leveraging that experience, Nick develops clients and partnerships, as well as industry-wide awareness-building and storytelling. Nick also manages HIP’s outreach, communications, and marketing. Nick studied Economics and Psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill, and brings that cross-pollinated approach to impact investing.

Onindo Khan, M. Sci.

Executive Vice President, Impact Ratings and Research

Onindo designs, improves, and deploys financial technologies and intelligence into HIP’s corporate, muni, fund, and portfolio ratings. Onindo ensures that the HIP Ratings continuously represent our latest analysis of corporate results relating to human impact and profit potential. Onindo earned his M.Sci. in Logic from the University of Amsterdam and holds a B.Sci. 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.

Zachary Worthington, MBA

Executive Vice President, Operations, Talent, and Finance

Zach leads operations, talent, and finance at HIP Investor. Zach manages client reporting and is active in client development. Prior to starting at HIP, Zach was 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.


Amir Khaleghi, M.A.

Director, Impact Ratings and Product Development

Amir Khaleghi analyzes, innovates, and integrates impact data for HIP’s municipal bond ratings. Additionally, his work also pertains to improving high-level workflow systems and efficiencies in team collaboration. Amir has received a Master of Arts in Economics and is a PhD Candidate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is deeply interested in the intersection of ESG and sociology to better understand how the transition to a greener economy can maximize societally beneficial outcomes. In his spare time, you can find Amir on a mat practicing Jiu Jitsu or at home playing with his cats.

Anna Rautenberg, MPA

ESG Impact Investing Analyst

Anna graduated with a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Columbia University with a concentration in international finance and specialization in data analysis. She has lived in seven different countries for work and study, such as Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Belgium, and Germany. Her previous experience includes working in international development at the European Commission. More recently Anna has explored impact investing and sustainable finance while consulting on projects for an impact investing fund and the World Bank. She is interested in helping to engage the financial sector to tackle challenges around energy transition, biodiversity protection and climate change through a data driven approach. At HIP, Anna helps to prepare, analyze and display municipal bonds data, and builds ESG ratings.

Cole Gleeson

ESG Impact Investing Analyst

Cole builds, analyzes, and evolves HIP Investor’s ESG Strategies and Portfolios with the Chief Investment Officer. Cole led the strategy construction of HIP’s Science Based Targets for Climate Action, prioritizing greenhouse gas reductions (GHGs), launch in August 2019. Cole recently graduated from Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Finance. In his spare time you will find Cole doing anything and everything involving sports, from basketball to golf.

Liana Lan, MPP

ESG Impact Investing Analyst

Liana graduated with a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree from the University of Chicago with specialization in Finance and Statistics. Prior to HIP, she delved into computational social sciences through various research assistantships at esteemed institutes like Energy Policy Institute, Center for Spatial Data Science, and Harris International Policy Action Lab. At HIP, Liana leverages her coding and statistical modeling skills to quantify impact and innovatively enhance rating frameworks. With a B.S. degree in Human Geography, Liana also integrates her GIS expertise via spatial analyses and compelling map visualizations. Beyond work, Liana is a classically trained pianist. She enjoys performing enchanting pieces for local communities, fueled by a passion for creating positive impacts through both responsible investing and the universal language of music.

Stella Yao, MPA

ESG Impact Investing Analyst

Stella Yao analyzes and visualizes impact data with the HIP muni team and contributes to the advancement and communication of HIP ratings. Prior to joining HIP, Stella worked and volunteered in the U.S., Asia, and Africa on various impact projects, including sustainable agriculture, health equity, and animal welfare. In her free time, Stella loves adventures, dancing, and fostering kittens, cats, and dogs. Stella’s favorite quote is “Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help shall all be saved.” from her role model Dr. Jane Goodall. Stella holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a Master of Public Administration with a focus on Impact Investing from New York University. 


Srdana Pokrajac, CFA, MPA

Senior Advisor

Srdana graduated with a Master of International Business from HULT International Business School and a Master of Public Administration with a focus on sustainable practices at Presidio Graduate School. She is interested in exploring how investors can generate impact and enable a more just and regenerative economy through their portfolios. While at Presidio Graduate School she researched how governments can be more transparent about their data and finances. At HIP investor, Srdana leverages her knowledge by consulting on the HIP municipal bond products and services. Srdana is a CFA charterholder and passed the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exam in July 2022.

Chander Balakumar, M.Sci, CAIA, CFA Level 1 Candidate

Senior Advisor

Chander completed his Masters of Science in Financial Analytics from the University of Michigan, where he also earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Chander was a member of the University of Michigan’s Development 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 worked at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, where he explored impact investing, as well as serving clients and building platforms at HIP Investor.

Yelena Danziger, JD

Senior Advisor

Yelena advises HIP Investor on strategic pathways to growth. Prior to HIP, she worked 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 earned her J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law.