National Advisor, Gender Lens Investing
Jackie Vanderbrug is a leader in the emerging global field of gender lens investing and a founder of the Women Effect Investments Initiative. Jackie works with both investors and investment vehicles to develop the gender lens investing market. Her relationships with a wide range of stakeholders – not only investors and fund managers, but also collaborators as diverse as the Women’s Funding Network, the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs, Women in the World Foundation, the Pipeline Fellowship and Astia – provide her an unparalleled perspective on the rich opportunities presented by this field.
Jackie’s approach to social change blends her experience as an entrepreneur, analyst and strategy consultant. As part of the start-up team at iBasis, she led Business Development, growing the internet telecommunications firm from start-up stage through a successful IPO. She cofounded WORK IN PROGRESS, a non-profit social enterprise focused on career development for underprivileged youth. Her understanding of the interrelated aspects of social change was first formed as a domestic policy analyst for U.S. Congress and her strategy skills as a management consultant for CSC Index.
Jackie is also a leader in the social capital markets. She was instrumental in the establishment of the pioneering social investing fund, Good Capital, and is deeply immersed in networks reimagining the purpose of capital. Jackie is a skilled facilitator and public speaker in this space. Through her role in developing and facilitating Structure Lab© workshops, she has helped over 600 entrepreneurs and organizations think through their legal and financial structures. Jackie serves on the Advisory Boards of the Social Venture Fund at the Ross School of Business and of the social enterprise, Prosperity Candle.
She is a judge for social enterprise fellowships and competitions including Echoing Green, Social Impact Exchange, the Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs Program and the Bunson Impact Investment Challenge. A regular speaker, her recent engagements include the National Press Club, SOCAP, Investors Circle and the Women’s Funding Network.
Jackie holds a mathematics degree from Calvin College and an MBA from the University of Michigan.