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Voice into Action: Integrating Community Expertise into Investment Strategy and Structure

Eric Horvath July 12, 2022

To achieve economic equality, we must reimagine and reconfigure how capital and power are shared with BIPOC communities. While laudable, access to capital conversations that solely focus on dollars are insufficient for transformative change. 

Not enough investors are talking about who is not just at the table, but who has the power to invite them, when (if at all) they are invited in the process, and how much (if any) true agency and decision-making authority they have over investments that impact them the most. 

From truly equitable and generative partnerships between national investors, legal counsel and local communities, to infusing indigenous values throughout underwriting and designing financing terms in conversation with prospective beneficiaries, we are guided by a common thread: through action, not rhetoric, we center and empower the most impacted communities in our investments.



Meta Themes

  • Power and Capital


Purpose and Desired Outcome

By sharing our experiences working on community-powered deals, we hope this session will challenge the impact investing field to prioritize space for trust, creativity and shared learnings for impacted communities. Panelists will highlight how two funds, a character-based lending fund and a revenue-based finance fund, are shifting power away from the investor and to investees by putting Black, brown and indigenous borrowers first. With this value as a north star, the investor, along with the legal team and two ESOs embedded those needs into the terms of the loans. Through this session attendees will learn how four organizations balanced power dynamics, integrated equity into legal proceedings and shifted power by reducing the burden placed on the community organizations.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Asset Managers

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)


  • NameEric Horvath
  • TitleDirector of Capital Strategies
  • OrganizationCommon Future
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameKeneshia Raymond
  • TitleDirector of Programs & Access to Capital
  • OrganizationStartUp Tucson
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameWalter Alarkon
  • TitleSenior Associate
  • OrganizationOrrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameJaime Gloshay
  • TitleCo-Director and Co-Founder
  • OrganizationNative Women Lead
  • StatusConfirmed
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