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.
SENIOR ADVISORS TO HIP INVESTOR
Srdana Pokrajac, CFA, MPA
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
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
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.